So what is RACENM?…
Well… two major swim clubs
in the state of New Mexico are merging to form one new multi-site
club, following the recent trend in USA Swimming.
Vipers of Albuquerque (VAST) and
MAKO Aquatics Club will join forces at the beginning of September,
becoming Rio Aquatics of Central New Mexico (RACENM).
Swimmers from both programs will then compete together under the
RACENM banner. According to the team’s rosters, MAKO has 150
swimmers and VAST 120, boosting the new RACENM program upwards of
One of the goals of the merger was
to combine the swimmers onto one team, thus making the RACENM more
competitive at local, state and national meets. The combination of
our clubs makes perfect sense as we believe in the same athlete
development philosophies and club leadership style. Our teams
have shared excellent chemistry between athletes and coaches for a
long time; we’re excited to get our swimmers together,
extending fun competition, friendships, enhancing opportunities and
the excitement of future possibilities.
I am really excited about the
merger and I believe the two individual teams will be better as
one. The transition started in August, and should be complete
by the start of Short Course season 2018.
So what stays the same?
Almost everything! We will still be called VAST. We
have become the VAST branch of RACENM. Practices, coaches,
team culture, training, meet schedules, VAST F&F booster club,
retreats, training trips and our logo will remain the same!
The main change is at swim meets your swimmer will compete as