Lake Forest Swim Club Coach Named To World Championship Team

  • Coach Laurel Whittington

    Coach Laurel Whittington

Updated 7/8/2019 10:37 AM

Lake Forest, IL -- The USA Swimming National Team heads to Gwangju, South Korea, later this month for the

18th World Swimming Championships with Lake Forest Swim Club Coach Laurel Whittington leading the way.


This is Coach Laurel's 7th assignment with the National Team and 4th World Championship assignment. She was

also a member of the 2016 US Olympic Team staff.

"It's always an honor to work with USA Swimming and the best of our best around

the world in competition. There's never a dull moment and I have so many great

memories to share when I return. The year before the Olympics (Tokyo, August

2020) brings out the best in everyone at the competition and I can't wait for Team

USA to give the world fair warning of what to expect in Tokyo," says Coach


Laurel's previous experience on the global stage includes the US Olympic Team

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(2016, Rio de Janerio), World University Games (2017, Taipei), and the World

Championship Team (2015, Kazan, 2012, Istanbul, 2011 Shanghai). "Every

competition has been a learning experience," according to Laurel, "and I become

a better coach for my team each time I work with our National Team."

"We are extremely proud of Coach Laurel and all that she has accomplished," said LFSC Head Coach, Michael

Lawrence. "This honor reflects the confidence that USA Swimming has in her leadership skills and her ability to

create a winning environment for our team. International competition and travel is hard work but we are

equally confident that she is up to the challenge."


About the Lake Forest Swim Club.

The Lake Forest Swim Club is a USA Swimming member program that strives for excellence at all levels of American and

International swimming. We value health, fitness, sportsmanship, citizenship, honesty, integrity, hard work, discipline, teamwork,

and fair play. Our program strives to provide a safe educational environment to develop these life qualities through sport. We

are a 501(c)3 youth sports organization based at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, serving over 200 youth annually with

both competitive and instructional programs. Established in 1958, LFSC has won over 60 Illinois State titles and sent 10 swimmers

on to the Olympic Games. To learn more please visit, or send a note to

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service

organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to

participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the

age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training

teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build

the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit

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