October 27th-November 2nd, 2019

Weekly Practice Schedule

October 27th – November 2nd, 2019

All practices will run as scheduled this week. Please CLICK HERE to visit our website, and view the MAC weekly practice schedule.

This week we will work on Starts!

Join Coach Dianne on Thursday to celebrate with a Halloween themed workout!


1. World Swim Day 10/26 was great fun. Coach Dianne wrote an “around the world” workout. We swam all 7 continents, each with a different theme. Special thanks to My Swim Pro for the caps and door prizes.

2. Great MAC turnout at the MAC Monster Meters Meet, and lots of great swims!.  Hong Weng, Coleman Teach, Don Kroeger, Steve Hertz, Kitty VandenBrulle, Brandon Marriott, Mike Smith, Ann Hunt, Chuck Olson, Mitzi Amelon, Rita Gelman, Carol Schemanske, Jeanette Heaton, John Cassidy, Nat Evans, Heidi Ward , Paul Chadwick, Ryan Noechel, Bill Porter, and Brice Chase.
Congratulations to Brice Chase, for winning the MAC meet attendance raffle of a $10 Lottery ticket,  At each meet this season we will have a MAC attendance drawing. You must come to a meet to get into that meet’s drawing!  Prizes will vary by meet.
Special thanks to Coach Jim Izzi for acting as Meet Manager and running a smooth and fantastic meet! Thanks also go out to many of our MAC teammates for helping set up before and after the meet: Mitzi Amelon, Gordon Frenette, Carol Schmanske, Ryan Noechel, Rita Gelman, Ann Hunt, Steve Hertz, and Brandon Marriott. Finally thanks Barb Hertz for volunteering and registering meet participants!

Swimmer of the Week:

Mike Smith

My introduction to swimming came when I was little. We had a small above ground pool when I grew up.  I never swam competitively, but not afraid of the water. In December of 2008 I received a Kidney Transplant and decided to participate in The 2010 Transplant Olympics in Madison Wisconsin.  Since I was planning to be there for the week I decided to participate in a different Sport each day.  So I Registered to swim 100 Freestyle.  Since I did not swim in High school or College I thought I should try swimming 100yd before going to Wisconsin. I went to the Milford High School pool and found out I could not make it 25yds.  Later that week I found an advertisement for MAC.  Adult swim lessons from beginner to advanced.  So I decided I would give it a try. I showed up for my first class with baggy beach shorts and no goggles.  In 2 months MAC helped me to swim the 100 Free. Since then I have stayed with MAC, even though my schedule makes it difficult for me to make most practices. I usually swim early mornings 5:15-6:45am MWF  (If anyone want to join, please let me know.) and Saturday mornings with the Team. MAC has helped me improve my technique as well as my stamina. When I first started swimming, Former MAC Coach Suzanne Grebe told me that I had to do the Check Off Challenge becoause “everyone does it”. At the time I didn’t know any better. After finishing it the first time, I have kept doing ever since. During the summer I swim open water events like Swim to the Moon. I started swimming after my transplant and I continue to swim because I can. Without a kidney transplant I would not be able to swim let alone do many other things. I owe this to my wife Amy, who donated one of her kidneys to me. Organ Donation is important to me. As a result, I volunteer at Beaumont Hospital. I share my experience with others that are on the Transplant waiting list or interested in being on the waiting list. If you are a registered donor, you will have a small red heart on your driver’s license. If not, it takes about 5 minutes on the Secretary of State Website. It is also important to let your family know of your intentions to donate your organs. Always remember: “Don’t take your organs to Heaven, Heaven knows we need them here”!

Photo: Mike and his oldest daughter at the Transplant 2018 Games In Salt Lake City. 2020 Transplant Games will be at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

MAC Swimmers are the greatest advertisements of all! We love how you share your stories on social media, with friends, etc. We would like to share your stories as well. Each week we will highlight a MAC Swimmer so we can learn more about the team.

Many of you have experienced the MAC family of support over the years. We want to spread that out and give back to others. We would like to get MAC together and do one service project every Fall and one every Spring in our local community. Some of you attend churches, temples, or are active in other groups like the Lions Club or Chamber of Commerce that help families or individuals in need. Others may just know someone through friends that could use a little extra help. If you have an idea or know someone please e-mail Kris at macswimgoblue@gmail.com.

Swim Your Way to Bronze, Silver and Gold!

Earn Bronze, Silver and Gold medals by swimming events in practices, at meets, and at the 2020 State Meet. You can set goals to challenge yourself, race against teammates and even participate in our Medal Ceremony next spring! For complete details, visit our website – CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF worksheet, to keep track of your MAC Olympics progress, events and times, in addition to writing on the banner on the pool deck.

Spread The Word:

Share the fun and fitness we have created at MAC!.  We now have a flyer available on deck. It gives details about MAC and MAC Lite. Thank you for being a part of the MAC Family!  To view the flier, CLICK HERE for a printable PDF.

Monthly Feature Article:

Look for our November article this weekend!

Weekly Featured Workout:

World Swim Day

Lynne Cox swam 1.22 Miles in the Arctic Sea in March 2005. The water was 28.8 degrees when she entered and reduced to 26.6 degrees while she was swimming.
Warmup 700 (28 Lengths) 75 swim, 25 head up (tarzan)

Australia (down under) 10×25 BK Count dolphins and strokes separately on 1st 25. on each of the following 25s 2-10, add 1 dolphin Kick and subtract 1 stroke. At what number do your dolphin kicks start getting less efficient and/or can you no longer reduce strokes (remember number).

Africa – Dryland 3×16 cords (FR, Fly, BR) 16-one for each of the 16 landlocked countries in Africa.

Asia – Tech and Equipment
200 FR w/zoomers (Magic number of dolphins off walls-count from 25s)
300 kick w/board and zoomers (75 build, 25 Fast-50 build, 50 Fast-25 build, 75 Fast)
8×25 kick w/Long Fins and snorkel and bucket or parachute in Streamline position
odd FR, even Fly
150 FR Build w/zoomers
150 FR pull w/bouy and snorkel
150 FR pull w/bouy, snorkel, and tennis balls
150 FR Drill w/paddles (50 left arm, 50 right arm, 50 people paddle)
200 FR w/ zoomers (AVG/Magic # dolphins off walls)

Europe – Old School
2×400 pull with paddles and bouy DPS-distance per stroke
Breath 3-5-7-3 by 100s

North America
3×25 1. Fast/ez 2. ez/Fast 3. FAST!
100 RIM (straight after 3rd 25)
4xthrough set 1:00 rest between sets, :15 sec rest between 1st 2 25s

South America-Warmdown

12×25 odd Drop a stroke per 25 FR
even choice

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Nov. 16th, South Lyon Swim Meet
Visit: MichiganMasters.com for more information

Saturday, Dec 7th, Dewitt Swim Meet
Visit: MichiganMasters.com for more information

Saturday, Dec. 14th, MAC Reindeer Games

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 27-28 MAC Clinics

For a complete list visit our website

Team Communication:

We use REMIND app/website, to send out last minute schedule changes, or messages. To sign up, and for more information – CLICK HERE

Coach Contact Info:

Dianne: h2oranger@hotmail.com
Kris: macswimgoblue@gmail.com
Jim: jimjtg@icloud.com
Maria: carpelacusnatavi@gmail.com
Melissa: jrichardson90@comcast.net

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