The Mason Makos Swim Team is dedicated to the
development of outstanding swimmers within a positive and
team-oriented environment. We offer a variety of competitive,
highly competitive and National level programs. We have experienced
coaches that care about each swimmer - regardless of ability.
The Mason Makos Swim Team trains exclusively in GMU’s
Aquatics & Fitness Center - Northern Virginia’s best
facility with State-of-the-art equipment, including under- and
above-water Tivo brand video stroke analysis systems.
Swimming is truly a family sport without age boundaries -- a
sport that both children and parents alike can enjoy their entire
lives. Many families join our team to train and swim competitively,
while others join to refine their technique and improve
conditioning. Whatever your goals are for your children, our
mission is to provide you with the right program tailored to your
needs. For me, it seems that my whole life has revolved around a
pool one way or another. From my own experience in summer-league
swimming and USA swimming in Richmond, VA through my collegiate
swimming experience at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville,
TN, and while competing in the USA Olympic Trials in 1988,
I've adopted one simple philosophy for the Mason Makos Swim Team:
Swim fast and have fun!
If a child is having fun while they are swimming, the results
are often spectacular! Swimming instills a sense of confidence, an
ability to set goals, manage time wisely and achieve these goals
through strong work ethic. Of course, the physical benefits of
swimming are second to none -- no other sport promotes the aerobic
conditioning and physical coordination required to swim
successfully. Without a doubt, though, one of the finest
characteristics of a true 'team' is a sense of community -- a place
to 'belong'. The bond between teammates as well as between swimmers
and coaches can run deep and are long-lived. In fact, the
friendships made on swim teams often extend throughout adulthood.
Parents are part of the equation, too! Team swim meets and
extracurricular activities offer you an opportunity to take part in
your child's activities and meet new people.
I hope you enjoy the Mason Makos Swim Team as much as I do.
I'm looking forward to a great season!
Heather Coulson Haddock
Head Coach and President
Mason Makos Swim Team
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The mission of the Mason Makos Swim Team is to foster swimming
as a fun, lifelong activity in a family-oriented environment. Our
goal is to build outstanding, well-rounded athletes through team
activities promoting personal achievement, self-discipline,
goal-setting, time management and team spirit.
Values and Goals
We believe swimming prepares our team members with the lessons
needed to succeed in life. Our aim is for each swimmer to achieve
- Lifelong. To promote swimming at all levels as
a lifelong activity.
- Instill. To instill the self-discipline,
goal-oriented behavior, and efficient time management required to
excel in competitive swimming.
- Fun. To make swimming fun for all team members
– from novice beginners to national-level competitors.
- Team. To foster teamwork, team camaraderie and
- Outstanding. To promote athletic excellence
and outstanding personal achievement.
- Fitness. To promote the physiological- and
psychological benefits associated with swimming.
- Family. To incorporate families in team