FALL HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING agenda, click here. Supplemental information will be sent shortly. Illinois Swimming is seeking members for the Nominating Committee, deadline for applicants has been extended to Wed., Oct. 8. Interested candidates please fill out the candidate form and return to email@example.com or fax to 847-824-1726. 9/30/14
Zones Update! Central Zone 14 and Under Meet will be in Topeka, Kansas July 31-August 2, 2015. More information will be available in the Spring. 9/23/14
Congratulations to WAVES Bloomington-Normal Y S.T. Head Age Group Coach Heather Fort on being honored as one of the top ten age group coaches in America. The American Swimming Coaches Association in partnership with the Fitter and Faster Tour awarded the top ten age group coaches in the nation. These were announced at the 2014 ASCA convention. Read the complete article Article on swimmingworldmagazine.com. 9/22/14
Nominations Sought. The Illinois Swimming Board of Directors is accepting candidates to be considered for the Nominating Committee that will be elected at the Fall House of Delegates meeting . Deadline for submission is Oct. 1st. The Nominating Committee members shall be elected annually by the House of Delegates and will serve untile their successors are elected. Interested candidates please fill out the candidate form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 847-824-1726 9/12/14
2014 Illinois Swimming Fall House of Delegates Meeting. The Fall House of Delegates will be held on October 12, 2014 at the Marriott Chicago O'Hare, 8535 W Higgins Rd. Chicago, Illinois. Please be reminded that each currently registered club will need to appoint an additional voting member to this meeting. The member must be a currently registered athlete representing the club. Please submit your club code, club name, athlete's name and athlete id to email@example.com. Click here for the Proposed Legislation packet. 9/11/14
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013-14 ILLINOIS SWIMMING SCHOLASTIC ALL-AMERICANS. Each year, USA Swimming recognizes its member athletes who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event. To be eligible for this recognition, swimmers must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be a USA Swimming member athlete. Eligible times must be swum between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. This year there were 54 Illinois Swimming individuals who made the team. To find out who made the team click here. 9/3/14
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM ILLINOIS! Seventh consecutive Central Zones Age Group Champions. For complete results click here. 8/21/14
CONGRATULATIONS to all the ISI athletes who recently competed at the 2014 USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals or Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine:
This is a great accomplishment to qualify and participate at the highest level of competition in USA Swimming and is the direct result of hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm for our sport. The Board of Directors of Illinois Swimming would also like to thank you for representing our LCS as well as your individual clubs and coaches. In addition, the Board would like to recognize your parents, family, friends and teammates who provided support over the many years as your talent progressed and you maximized the opportunities to reach your respective swimming goals.
The Board wishes you continued success in your competitive swimming careers as well as the endeavors you pursue outside of swimming. You are all great examples of the best our sport develops and the life lessons learned from being a high level athlete will be of great benefit in your future. Hope the experience was a great success! 8/14/14
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR. Illinois Swimming has extended the nomination date for Volunteer of the Year award to Sept 1. Please use the form here to nominate a worthy volunteer from your club. 8/11/14.
CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Pish and Grace Ariola of the Waves Bloomington Normal Swim Team setting the following new Illinois Swimming LCM 13-14, 18-under, and Open records at the recently concluded Junior Nationals in Irvine, CA. Melissa set new records in the 13/14, 18-under, and Open 200 Free with a time of 2:01.38; the 400 Free with a time of 4:15.06 and the 800 Free with a time of 8:43.22. She also set a 13/14 record in the 100 Free with a time of 56.90. Grace set 13-14, 18-under, and Open records in the 200 Back with a time of 2:12.69, and a 13-14 record in the 100 Back with a time of 1:03.19. 8/7/14
ELECTION RESULTS. Elections were held for Coach Representative and Junior Athlete Representatives (2) at the Senior Championship Meet this past weekend. Nancy Reese from Coho Swim Club was elected Coach Representative and Devin Jacobs from Academy Bullets Swim Club and Chris Kearney from Coho Swim Club were chosen Junior Athlete Representatives. Hope Hayward from New Trier Swim Club was chosen first alternate. 8/7/14
CONGRATULATIONS to all the participants in the Speedo Illinois Swimming Senior Championships which were held July 31-Aug 3 at Munster H.S.
Individual Award winners were:
Outstanding Performance of the Meet
Womens - Hannah Sakaluk, Waves Bloomington Normal Y Swim Team
Mens - Jacob Miller, Redbird Swim Club
Rookie of the Meet
Womens - Rachel Slingsby, Waves Bloomington Normal Y Swim Team
Mens - Lance Bergman, Waves Bloomington Normal Y Swim Team
High Point Award
Womens - Hannah Sakaluk, Waves Bloomington Normal Y Swim Team BNY
Mens - Jacob Miller, Redbird Swim Club
Team Award winners were:
Redbird Swim Club
Waves Bloomington Normal Y Swim Team
St Charles Swim Team
Redbird Swim Club
Palatine Park District Swim Team
Peoria Area Water Wizards
Redbird Swim Club
Peoria Area Water Wizards
Palatine Park District Swim Team
Special Thanks to all the great volunteers from Alligators Aquatics for hosting this meet and to all the Officials for their commitment and efforts in conducting this meet.
Age Group State Results. Congratulations to all who participated in the Speedo Illinois Swimming Long Course Age Group Championships July 24-27, 2014 at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Several Illinois Swimming records were set as well as a National Record!!!
Illinois Swimming records :
13/14 100 Free - Melissa Pish - WAVES/Bloomington Normal Swim Team - 57.01
10 & U 50 Back - Andrew Lin - Champaign County YMCA (HEAT) - 33.42
10 & U 100 Back - Andrew Lin - Champaign County YMCA (HEAT) - 1:12.27
11/12 200 Breast - Thomas Reedy - WAVES/Bloomington Normal Swim Team - 2:40.05
13/14 400 IM - William Kamps - Academy Bullets Swim Club - 4:40.36
13/14 400 Free - William Kamps - Academy Bullets Swim Club - 4:10.51
13/14 100 Back - Will Davis - Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club - 1:00.63
13/14 Girls 400 Free - WAVES/Bloomington Normal Swim Team - 3:59.75 - (Melissa Pish, Grace Ariola, McKenzee Gordon, Mackenzie Arens)
13/14 Girls 800 Free - WAVES/Bloomington Normal Swim Team - 8:30.74 - (Mackenzie Arens, Grace Ariola, McKenzee Gordon, Melissa Pish,)
13/14 Girls 400 Medley - Academy Bullets Swim Club - 4:24.37 (Emily Ryan, Julia Kral, Camryn Streid, Hanna Blankemeier)
13/14 Boys 400 Medley - Fox Valley Swim Team - 4:09.33 (Jared Simpson, Sathya Subramanian, Kevin Wu, Ethan Morse)
11/12 Girls 400 Medley - Academy Bullets Swim Club - 4:35.97 (Michaela Herwig, Kelly Sego, Lindsey Merk, Lauren Payton)
Combined Team Scores: 1) Academy Bullets Swim Club 2) St Charles Swim Team 3) Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club
Boys: 1) St Charles Swim Team 2) Academy Bullets Swim Club 3) Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club
Girls: 1) Academy Bullets Swim Club 2) St Charles Swim Team 3) WAVES/Bloomington Normal Swim Team
Special Thanks to our Host Clubs and the volunteers from Academy Bullets Swim Club and Blue Devil Swim Club as well as the Officials and Meet Administrators for all your hard work and efforts.
Rules and Regulations Proposals. We have begun the process of accepting proposals for changes to Illinois Swimming Rules and Regulations. If you would like to propose a change, addition or deletion, please submit your proposal in the following format here. 6/19/14
Diversity & Inclusion. On June 5-8, 2014, six swimmers and a coach from the Illinois Swimming LSC attended the 3rd annual Central Zone Diversity Select Camp hosted and successfully run by Wisconsin Swimming. The camp was a big hit with our swimmers. Guest speakers included Manny Banks, USA Swimming Diversity Membership Specialist; Richard Butler, US Rowing Inclusion Manager; Sabir Muhammed, 10 time American Record Holder to motivate the swimmers. The camp coaches, Mariam Lynch, Nation Capitals Swimming; Chadlie Fernandez, City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation; did a great job keeping working the kids out. The committee had selected the following Illinois Swimming athletes and coach:
Ethan Lim (WYFF),
Immanuel Ayangoke (CWAC),
Lucienne Williams (CLSC),
Morgan Parker (HPAC),
Rosina Honor Sears (LWSC),
Sofia Mendieta (CLSC), Coach Monica Stabile (CPD)
Age Group Camps Update. Illinois Swimming hosted three great camps over the last few months:
- Chicago South hosted a developmental 12 and Under camp April 5. The camp was well attended with 30 athletes participating.
- A group of 24 11-12 year old athletes and 5 coaches attended the first ever Illinois Swimming 11-12 Grand Prix Camp. The camp was held in Charlotte during the Charlotte Grand Prix. The camp was a huge success highlighted by a sitting poolside during finals the Grand Prix meet and a trip to the NASCAR hall of fame.
- The Junior Elite Camp consisting of 24 13 and 14 year old athletes as well as 5 coaches traveled the the Olympic Training Center May 5-8. Again this camp was great success with the swimmers getting some exceptional training and bonding time.
Zones Open Water Results. Congratulations to the 47 Illinois Swimming participants in the Central Zones Open Water Championships held at Pleasant Prairie. Team Illinois women finished first in the Team Rankings, Men finished second and the Team Illinois was edged out by Team Wisconsin and Ozark Swimming and finished third in the Combined Team scoring. Gold medal performances were put in by Hannah Sakaluk, Sidney Kennedy and Colin Kingsley. 6/17/14
State Record Breakers! Congratulations to Colin Kingsley, Lake Forest Swim Club, who broke the ISI State Record for the 10 & under Boys 400 free at the 2014 LFSC Swim Fest at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie. His time, 4:54.53, broke the record set in 2011 by Alsader Yezan. Colin started the day with a Gold Medal performance in the Central Zone Open Water Championships. 6/17/14
State Record Breakers! Three new Illinois Swimming state records were set at recent meets! The WILD 13/14 Girls 200 Free LCM Relay established a new Illinois Swimming record of 1:55.13L at the 2014 NASA Blast Off. Relay members were Olivia Andrew, Julie Kolar, Olivia Kusio, and Cassidy Coughlin. The BNY 13/14 Girls 800 Free LCM Relay established a new Illinois Swimming record of 8:32.21L at the 2014 Indiana Central Zone Speedo Sectionals. Relay members were Melissa Pish, Mckenzee Gordan, Sidney Kennedy and Grace Ariola. And Katherine Morris of the BR Ryall Swim Team broke the 10 and Under Girls 50 Free LCM record with a time of 29.62 at the MMSC Bring on the Heat meet on 5/10/2014 in Wisconsin. Congratulations!! 5/27/14
Top Ten Lists Posted. Preliminary Top Ten Lists presented by Discover are now posted for the 2013-14 short course season! Check out the Top Ten link to the left! Corrections are due to the ISI office by June 30. Congratulations to all swimmers making the list! 5/22/14
USA Swimming Youth and Adult Camps! The USA Swimming Foundation presents youth and adult fantasy camps this fall. Participants at the camps will spend a weekend on the campus of the iconic U.S. Olympic Training Center, where they’ll have the opportunity to live, eat and train like a National Team Athlete. For more info click here. 5/8/14
State Record Breaker! Congratulations to Colin Kingsley from Lake Forest Swim Club setting a new Illinois Swimming record in the 10 & under Boys 50 Free in a time of 30.47 at the Lake Forest Swim Club Short Course Meters Challenge, 27 April 2014! 5/7/14
State Record Breaker! Congratulations to Lindsey Merk from Academy Bullets Swim Club who broke the State Record in the 11-12 Girls 200 SCY Butterfly with a time of 2:06.14 achieved at the 2014 NASA Showcase Classic Meet in Clearwater! 5/5/14
2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship Team Roster Announced. Congratulations to Ahalya Lettenberger from Wheaton Swim Club and Leslie Cichocki from Hickory Willow Swim Association who were named to the Emerging Team, along with Alyssa Gialamas from Fox Valley Swim Team who returns as a member of the National B Team. The United States will send 45 athletes (27 women, 18 men) to the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships Aug. 6-10 in Pasadena, Calif. Selections were based on performances at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAm, March 27-29, in Miami. For more information and the complete roster click here.
Congratulations! Three Y National Records were set recently by Illinois Swimming athletes:
Ryan Held (Springfield YMCA Swim Team): 50 Free (19.52)
Ryan Held (Springfield YMCA Swim Team ): 100 Free (43.21)
Ryan Held, Nick Patton, Stuart Hohm, Brinton Wilkey (Springfield YMCA Swim Team): 200 Free Relay (1:21.71)
State Record Breakers! Congratulations to the following athletes setting new ISI records!
Melissa Pish from WAVES Bloomington-Normal Y.S.T. 200m Free setting a 13-14, 18 & under and Open record with a time of 2:02.07. She also set 13-14 records in the 100m Free with a time of 57.04 and the 400m Free with a time of 4:16.99.
Grace Ariola also from WAVES Bloomington-Normal Y.S.T. setting 13-14 records in the 100 m backstroke with a time of 1:03.87 and the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:16.12.
The relay of Melissa Pish, McKenzee Gordon, Sidney Kennedy and Grace Ariola also set a 13-14 800m Free record with a time of 8:32.21.
Kristen Jacobsen from Barrington Swim Club set a 15-16 record in the 1650 with a time of 16:21.08.
Additional State Record Breakers! Additional state records were set this past weekend at the ISI Speedo Senior Championships: Noelle Peplowski of Peoria Area Water Wizards set a state record in the 13-14 Girls 100 Breast with a time of 1:02.09. Nick Vance of St Charles Swim Team set a state record in the 11-12 Boys 200 Back with a time of 2:02.31. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE GREAT SWIMS!! 3/13/14
State Record Breaker! Congratulations to Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington Swim Club setting a new ISI record in the 500 Yard Freestyle. Her time of 4:42.31 eclipsed the old record by over 3 seconds, was a 930 Power point swim and ranks 30th on the all-time list for 16 year olds. 3/12/14
State Record Breakers! Congratulations to Colin Kingsley from Lake Forest Swim Club who set a new Illinois State Record in the 500 free. His time, 5:22.06, shattered his old record time by 5 seconds! Additionally congratulations to Katie Morris of BR Ryall who broke the 10 & Under girls state record in the 50 free with a time of 25.95 and is ranked first in the country! 3/3/14
State Record Breakers! The following records were broken over the weekend (2/15 and 2/16) at the 2014 SCST Arena Chicagoland Championship!
- Hannah Boyd; Waves Bloomington/Normal Y.S.T.; 500 Free - 4:45.51
- 11/12 200 Medley Relay Girls: 1:50.43 SCY; Academy Bullets Swim Club; Michaela Herwig, Julia Kral, Kathryn Mueller, Lindsey Merk **Fastest time in the USA this year**
- 13/14 200 Free Relay Girls: 1:36.96 SCY; Academy Bullets Swim Club; Maddie Haschemeyer, Emily Ryan, Kristen Czarnecki, Hannah Blankemeier **7th Fastest time in the USA this year**
- 13/14 200 Medley Relay Girls: 1:48.54 SCY; Academy Bullets Swim Club; Emily Ryan, Kristen Czarnecki, Camryn Streid, Maddie Hashemeyer **2nd Fastest time in the USA this year**
State Record Breaker! Congratulations to Colin Kingsley of Lake Forest Swim Club breaking the 10 & under Illinois Swimming record in the 500 free (5:27.23). The record was set at the Schroeder A+ Meet at Brown Deer, WI. 2/3/14
Butterfly and Breaststroke Rule Interpretation. Please click here for an important rule interpretation regarding butterfly and breaststroke hand separation. 1/18/14
Rule Book Posted. An updated Rules & Regulations Book for 2014 is now posted on our Rules and Regs page. 1/9/14
USA Swimming Club Excellence Program. The Club Excellence Program is a voluntary program that identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to performance excellence. This program strives to meet the following objectives: 1)Promote the development of strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs that produce elite 18 & under athletes; 2) Provide recognition and resources to motivate and assist member clubs to strive for the highest ideals of athlete performance. Congratulations to the following Illinois Swimming Clubs: 12/18/13
Silver Medal Clubs
Waves Bloomington / Normal Y S.T
|Academy Bullets Swim Club
|New Trier Swim Club
CATS Aquatic Team
|NASA Wildcat Aquatics
|Bronze Medal Clubs
|Kishwaukee YMCA Dekalb County
|Maverick Swim Club
|Barrington Swim Club
|Palatine Park District Swim Team
|Blue Devil Swim Club
State Record Breakers! Several Illinois Swimming State Records were broken at meets this past weekend! 12/17/13
|13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay
(Ally Michaels, Kristen Czarnecki,
Hanna Blankenmeier, Madison Haschmeyer)
|Senior Girls 200 Medley Relay
(Natalie McGovern, Alexis Preski,
Mimi Schneider, Avery Braunecker)
|Senior Girls 800 Free Relay
||Patriot Aquatic Club
(Erin Falconer, Cheryl Xiang, Julia Wawer, Reilly Lanigan)
|13-14 Girls 100 Back
||Grace Ariola (Waves /BNY)
|13-14 Girls 200 Back
||Grace Ariola (Waves / BNY)
Coaches Education Grant. Illinois Swimming is pleased to announce that the Coaches Education Grant program will continue in 2014. Information and application are available at the Coaches page above. We hope that you will find this program beneficial to your club and coaches and take advantage of this opportunity! 10/28/14
ILLINOIS SWIMMING ATHLETES NAMED TO USA SWIMMING 2013-2014 NATIONAL & JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM! Congratulations to Olivia Smoliga from Glenview Titan Aquatic Club being named to the National Team. Olivia joins former Illinois Swimming athletes Matt Grevers, Conor Dwyer, Kevin Cordes, Michael Alexandrov, Tyler McGill, Christine Magnuson and Olivia Scott on the National Team. Mimi Schneider from Academy Bullets Swim Club, Gia Dalesandro from Fox Valley Swim Team, Connor Black from CATS Aquatic Team and Andrew Jovanovic from Wildcat Aquatics were named to the National Junior Team. 9/6/13
ISI Enduro Challenge Meets. The Senior Committee has enacted a new meet format with the goal of promoting endurance training and racing with ISI support. Programs are designed to develop special single event meets for the 800 Free and 400 IM.Click here for more info and a sample meet packet for the ISI Enduro Challenge Meets. 5/7/13
Club Support Updates. Please see our Club Support page for two new elements of club support: paralympic support and open water support. 5/5/13