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MAKOS Aquatics Club of Gainesville
“Developing Champions in Life Through Excellence in Swimming”
               
Welcome to the great sport of competitive swimming and the Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville, the only Non-Profit swim club in Gainesville, Florida. We believe that our swim team will be both a positive and rewarding challenge to all of our members.
The Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville is a year-round competitive swim team. We participate in USA Swimming and novice competitions, thus offering exposure to local, state, regional, and national amateur athletics. Swimmers participate in groups based on age and ability. Many positive qualities are developed and fostered by competitive swimming such as physical conditioning, self-discipline, and personal achievement. Personal development is recognized on an individual basis through challenging practice sessions, stroke perfection, and competitive swim meets.
MACG is committed to providing a fun and exciting environment so that participants can reach their highest potential as athletes and swimmers.  In the process our members learn the value of hard work and dedication and develop the moral and ethical qualities necessary to become productive members of our community.  By teaching self-discipline, respect and goal-setting skills, we are instilling a sense of pride in our members that is carried with them into the community.  Although the Makos are proud to have produced YMCA National Champions, a U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifier, Junior Olympic Champions, Florida All-Stars, High School State Champions, All-Americans, and Academic All-Americans, we are just as proud of the swimmers who reached less prestigious goals.  Obtaining a first “B” cut, making a relay team, or simply making it to the end of the pool without stopping are recognized as significant achievements by our coaching staff.    
 
TEAM STRUCTURE
The Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville (MACG) is a non-profit corporation created to provide aquatics programs to participants of all levels and abilities in Alachua County.  The team is directed on a daily basis by the head coach and the assistant coaches. The head coach was hired by the Board of the MACG, and it is the responsibility of the head coach to hire the assistant coaches with the approval of the Board of MACG. All policies of the swim team must adhere to the overall vision, goals, and policies of the MACG.
In addition, there is a Makos Parent association which supplies necessary administrative and financial support for the team.  All swim team members who are 18 years of age or older and parents of swimmers under the age of 18 are automatically members of this group, the purpose of which is to provide the volunteer leadership necessary to perpetuate the program’s success.  Responsibilities include arranging various team fundraisers, purchasing and maintaining equipment, and taking part in and organizing volunteers for team run functions. To inquire about becoming more involved in this group, contact any of the members listed on the accompanying Contact Information page.
MACG is a member of the Florida Swimming Local Swimming Committee (LSC) which is a subdivision of USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the governing body for amateur competitive swimming in the USA and is responsible for selection of the USA National Teams, which compete at the Olympics and World Championships as well as other international competitions. Makos compete in meets at all levels of the USA Swimming program locally, regionally, and nationally as well as meets coordinated through a local novice program.