33 years of Swimming


Des Plaines, Niles, Park Ridge Illinois

We are a USMS recognized subgroup of Illinois Masters (IM). Our subgroup officially goes under the name Lattof Penguins (LPPR) but are not currently affiliated with Lattof YMCA.

Penguin 1500
On again this summer!! July 12, 2015
Meet information and online entry
Registration opens April 1, 2015

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

Workouts NEW!

We are back at Maine East on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Practice is from 7 to 8 PM, come a little early to help us put in lane lines in our lanes. We are presently sharing the pool with other programs.

All USMS registered swimmers are welcome to swim with us. A donation of $5 per swim is requested to defray our rental cost.

Team members may contact Coach Jerry directly at COACHJERTHEBEAR@aol.com Non-team members should contact Meet Director Barry.

About the Penguins

Penguin 1500 at Woodland Trails, June 2011 See more pictures

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. After about 4 years at the Lattof YMCA we are now back at Maine East, but as an independent community group (Not PR Park district). For more information contact Barry Dayton or call Mark Krause 847-624-1223.


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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