All Long Island Aquatic Club Practices and Stroke Clinics are cancelled this afternoon due to the weather. Stay warm!
Tim Marski and Christian Sztolcman lead LIAC National and High Performance Groups 20 + State Qualifiers on High School Hero Weekend.
Tim Marski swam three High School All-American times winning two events on his way to being named Nassau County Outstanding Swimmer this past Saturday. Tim won the 50 Free 20.40 (p) and 100 Fly 48.63 before leading off the 400 Free Relay with a County record 44.95.
Senior Sensation Sean McClellan in his first year of High School swimming won the 200 Free 1:45.63, with Tyler Walters taking 2nd. Notable, was freshman National Team member Griffen Schimmel taking 4th. That’s more than half of the A-finalists. Min Chun, Tim Yeung and Kieran Brown rounded out the LIAC finalists.
Orry Zayit led five LIAC finalists winning the 200 IM in 1:53.08. Javier Ramirez, Hans Lim, Justen Lopez and Pat Boyle all scored in the big final. In the 100 Fly Orry, Zac Leng, Brian Klotsche, and Hans Lim joined Marski in the Final.
The 500 Free showed LIAC’s endurance and depth with 8 of the 10 finalist all LIAC swimmers. In a tight race Javier Ramirez touched out LIAC teammate Ryan Davidoff. Griffen Schimmel, Min Chun, Pat Boyle and Tyler Waters went 1-6 for complete LIAC dominance.
Zac Leng took 3rd in the 100 Back, while Justen Lopez took 2nd in the 100 Breast leading 4 LIAC final swimmers, James Wun, Elias Richter, and Terran Cheng. A notable swim by National Team swimmer Elias from prelims going 1:00.89 as a Freshman!
Austin Fei, an 8th Grader in Select was 13th & 16th in the 200 & 500. Michael Falcone, a freshman was 17th in the 100 Fly. Michael Biryukov, a freshman in the National group, was 17th & 15th in the 200 IM and 500 free. Marcus Chau, a freshman was 17th in the 100 Fly. Luca Sodi a National team member, was 17th and 20th in the 200 IM and 100 Free. Patrick Yan, yet another freshman in the Select group, was 16th and 14th in the 200 IM and 100 Breast. Calvin Ye, a freshman in Select, was 19th in both the 500 Free and 100 Back.
Not to be outdone, Christian Sztolcman led Chaminade to the CHSAA Championship. Named the CHSAA Outstanding Swimmer Christian won the 200 Free, 1:39.41 (p) and 500 Free 4:35.50. His best swim was a 44.14 come from behind relay anchor leg to win the event and meet. Billy Swartwout finaled in both the 200 and 500 Free.
Nik Daly placed 2nd in the 100 Breast and 4th in the 200 IM. National Team swimmer CJ Rodgers finaled in the 200 IM. National Team swimmer Anthony Melchore took 3rd in the 50 22.05, qualifying for States. Chris Stange and Nick Shopis placed 3rd and 5th in the 100 Free both qualifying for States.
Great job boys! Remember Competitive Greatness is being your best in the biggest competition. The challenge of LIAC is to be the BIG FISH in the BIG Pool. Stay focused we have more to do.
LIAC High School Individual State Qualifiers to date:
Sean McClellan High Performance
Tyler Walters High Performance
Orry Zayit High Performance
Griffen Schimmel National
Javier Ramirez High Performance
Hans Lim High Performance
Justen Lopez High Performance
Timothy Marski High Performance
Brian Klotsche National
Zachary Leng High Performance
Ryan Davidoff High Performance
Patrick Boyle High Performance
Min Chun High Performance
Timmy Yeung National
Justen Lopez High Performance
James Wun High Performance
Elias Richter National
Christian Sztolcman High Performance
Nik Daly High Performance
Anthony Melchore National
Nick Shopis National
Jason Louser High Performance
LIAC High School Relay State Qualifiers to date:
Alexi Weis National
Luca Sodi National
Come join Casino Night at the new and improved time! 7:45pm - 12:00pm. Get your tickets here!
Racing season is back and LIAC swimmers are ready to rumble! This weekend our athletes will compete in the CeRaVe Invitational at Rutgers University, and at the annual MLK meet at the Aquatic Center. The swimmers have been training hard through this recent cold snap and are ready to face off against the competition... and against each other! For the 2018 Frozen Face Off LIAC swimmers have been divided into teams... the the team with the most best times will be crowned the 2018 Frozen Face Off Champions!
Click here to see which team you'll be scoring points for!
ALL PRACTICES FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 4TH ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
STAY SAFE AND WARM LIAC!
Last year, through your support of our Casino Night, Chance Baskets, LIAC magnet sales and other fundraising efforts we were successful in providing more than $25,000 in funds to support the construction of our outdoor Freedom Pool. Now that the team is enjoying the benefits of our own, dedicated pool and the outside structure is “almost complete”, we have a new fundraising goal: The Freedom Pool Strength and Conditioning Room.
Our 2018 fundraising goal is to raise a total of $35,000 to support the construction of a dedicated dry land, strength-training area, to be located with the Freedom Pool. This dedicated facility would be outfitted with state of the art commercial equipment to ensure the highest possible level of safety and functionality.
Additionally, this LIAC owned and operated facility would provide our team with the following benefits:
For more info click here!
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!
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