LIAC members and Families
Going into our first season with the new Freedom Pool facility I first wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have been a part of this great accomplishment.
The Freedom Pool is the result of years of efforts by many parents, former swimmers, friends and our not-for-profit Long Island Swimming LTD. We opened to rave reviews from the national swimming community as we hosted the US Open and National Junior Championships this summer. As wonderful as that was, we look forward to the real purpose of this facility. To develop great competitive swimming in Nassau County for the next 30 years.
As you may know, we have been delayed in the completion of the enclosure over the pool. One of the rigid bents, (beams over the pool) was damaged by the vendor and needs to be remanufactured. This is happening now, but it is a process. As a result, our south end wall is not complete. We are working with the company to get this rectified as soon as possible. The reality is we are still a few weeks away from the solution.
We expect the hallway from the Aquatic Center to be installed within the next two- four weeks.
We have put up tent side walls and will continue to add walls and barriers as weather dictates.
With the water temperature kept at 82 degrees the swimmers are not cold when they are in the water. We feel we will be able to mitigate the wind on deck which will intern allow the deck temperature to be significantly warmer than outside.
A couple of pieces of information. Before the Nassau Aquatic Center was built we regularly swam outside in a heated pool at Christopher Morley Park through October into November. One year we swam up to Thanksgiving and stopped only because the leaves were clogging the gutters.
Many parts of the country swim outside year-round, including the NCAA Champion Stanford Swimming Team. Their January temperatures closely correlate to the temperatures we have in November. We will certainly have a warmer deck with our semi enclosed structure and hallway.
For the short term as we complete the enclosure we ask that the swimmers wear their parkas, (or coat) and sneakers onto the pool deck. That’s all they really need. When practice starts parkas come off and they get into the warm pool. At the end of practice put the parka on and go into the Aquatic Center. This is how it’s been done in northern California since the 1960’s and all is good.
Thanks for your patience. Being in this environment won’t make anyone sick and it will make
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We wish you all the best on your future endeavors both in and out of the pool! You will always have a home with LIAC! Check out our youtube page to watch all of the Senior Spotlight Videos!
LIAC Olympic Trial Qualifier and World Junior Team member Maggie Aroesty has already set off on next phase of her journey. She will start classes at the University of Southern California at the end of this month. Best of Luck Maggie! Take a look at her spotlight video here!
LIAC National medalist and Olympic Trial Qualifier Kristen Romano will head off to Ohio State University this fall. We wish her all the best! Check out her Senior Spotlight video here!
Dorean McCullough is our next Senior Spotlight athlete. DJ swims with LIAC's Senior Elite group. He will be focusing on computer programming next year. Congrats DJ! Click here to watch DJ's spotlight video.
Next up is Lindsay Kranitz. Lindsay is a Senior Team standout at LIAC who will be attending SUNY New Paltz this September! Best of Luck Lindsay! Click here for Lindsay's Spotlight!
As we finally find time to finish up all of our Senior Spotlights, we kick off the beginning of the end with Justin Casement. Justin started with Long Island Swim School at the Omni building many years ago - and now he will go on to Binghamton University this fall. Congrats on all of your achievements Justin! Click here for the video!
LIAC would like to thank all of the Swimmers, Parents, and Officials who volunteered their time to help make the US Open and Junior Nationals a success. We couldn't have done it without you!
We wanted our thank you to be big - so we sent it to SWIMSWAM and they published it! Click here for the full story
Free Autograph Signing with Ryan Lochte! Friday August 4th 3:45 pm outside at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. Click here for more details.
It's been a busy few weeks but we haven't forgotten... Senior Spotlight is back! Today we shine a light on senior Hayley Tesser who will attend University of Miami this fall!
Check out her video on our facebook page or on our youtube channel.
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