32 years of Swimming


Des Plaines, Illinois

*Not associated with Lattof YMCA, we just practice there.
We are a USMS recognized subgroup of Illinois Masters (IM). Our subgroup officially goes under the name Park Ridge/Lattof Penguins (PRP)

Penguin 1500
We regret that there will be no meet this summer, 2014. Thanks to all who have participated in previous years.

2013 Results

2013 Slideshow (Thanks to Susan Smar)

Penguin 1500 Calculator
Do you ever wonder how your time compares to another 1500 swimmer with different age group or gender? Now you can find out thanks to a formula developed by FINA, which has been adapted to Masters Swimmers by Leo's friends at the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education, and configured for the web by your Penguin web team.
1500 Comparison Calculator


We meet informally usually on most Monday and Wednesday evenings and sometimes Thursday at 8PM in the lap pool at Lattof Y.

About the Penguins

Coach Jerry

Penguin 1500 at Woodland Trails, June 2011 See more pictures

The team is now swimming informally at the Lattof YMCA Monday, Wednesday and and sometimes Thursday evenings at 8PM. Members of the YMCA of Metro Chicago are welcome to join us.

The Park Ridge Penguins came together in the winter of 1982 under the auspices of the now defunct Park Ridge YMCA. Management had noticed several Y members working out in the pool in preparation for meets and decided it was better to isolate us in one group rather than let us continue to terrorize the other swimmers. Our original coach, Jerry Christian, continues to coach us to this day.

When the Y closed we were informally adopted by the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District which arranged pool time for us at Maine East High School. This arrangement was discontinued by new managements at the Park and School districts in 2010. We are presently swimming at Lattof YMCA and depending on the whim of management at any given time we may or may not be an officially recognized Lattof activity. For more information contact Barry Dayton


Penguin 1500
2011 Results | 2012 Results
2010 results | 2009 results
2007 results | 2008 results
2005 results | 2006 results
2003 Results | 2004 Results

Check out the following
Illinois Masters Swim Association home page
US Masters home page

Barry Dayton's Lake Michigan Diary
Old Diaries
1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999
2000 | 2001 |2002 | 2003
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