Practice Schedule

The Four Corners Aquatic Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the  Four Corners Aquatic Team  to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Please call Head Coach Mike McCluhan at  (505) 386-6101 for more information or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.

Novice Group - $50 per month

This is our entry-level group. Swimmer must be able to complete the following:

· Swim 50 yards unassisted.
· Able to jump into water.

Workouts are offered three days a week. It is recommended to come to at least two-three for regular improvement.

Practice duration is 45 minutes. There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, and make more friends (which will make them want to come more!), the more often they attend workouts.

Goals of the Novice Group:

· Swim a 100 IM legally (regardless of time)
· Do a flip turn
· Kick 4x25 @ :45
· Push off and streamline to flags with dolphin kick
· Acquire basic understanding of the pace clock & circle swimming.

 Age Group 1 - $65 per month

From the Novice group, athletes move into this group. Swimmers must be able to complete the "Goals of the Novice Group" to move into Age Group 1.

Workouts are offered five days a week.

Practice duration is 45 minutes. 

There is no attendance requirement for this group, but athletes will improve more quickly, and make more friends (which will make them want to come more!), the more often they attend workouts.

Goals of Age Group 1:

· Swim 3x200 IM legally
· Perform all turns and push-offs efficiently
· Perform track start and backstroke start effectively
· Athlete is motivated to listen to coaches and try to improve
· Courteous to other swimmers in pool
· Athletes know their attitude affects how they swim and how others around them swim
· Develop consistent practice attendance

Age Group 2 - $80 per month

From Age Group 1, athletes move into this group. Swimmers entering the Age Group 2 level are usually at least 10 years old and must complete the "Goals of Age Group Development" highlighted above (or equivalent), plus the following:

· [email protected] 1:00
· 8x25 @ :40 IM order
· Swim under 1:30 in 100YD freestyle
· Swim under 1:50 in 100YD IM
· Kick 1x50 with fins under :50

Workouts are offered five days a week. There is no practice attendance requirement for this group.

If you cannot attend the prescribed number of practices, please attend at least three workouts per week to see improvement in stroke technique, comfort in the water and with their teammates, and ’feel’ of the water.

Practice duration is one hour 15 mintues. 

Goals of the Age Group:

· Swim 400IM legally
· Race in every distance, every stroke available over duration of season
· Achieve your age group top ten swim times in New Mexico Swimming
· Improve fluidity in turns and push-offs
· Improve dive and backstroke entry into water
· Begin learning how to manage effort and intensity through practice
· Learn and improve goal-setting skills
· Improve on controlling attitude and focus within workout and understand that they affect teammates
· Create a core group of ’training friends’
· Sit with friends and teammates at swim meets
· Listen to coaches!

Competing at swim meets is highly encouraged at a rate of about once per month

Senior Group - $95 per month

Display intention of adhering to attendance requirement before moving into group

Minimum age for entry into this group is 12 years old. For requirements to enter the Senior Group, candidates should complete 6 of the following 8:

  • New Mexico State qualifying times in 5 or more events
  • Striving to achieve Sectional qualifying times in 2 or more events
  • Racing history in every event available
  • Show willingness to learn
  • 8x100 @ 1:30
  • Under 2:30 in 200yd freestyle
  • Kick 1x50 under :40 with fins

Senior practice is offered 5 times per week. This program is intended for the age group swimmers that have goals of pursuing their swimming career as far as possible. The practice direction, structure and difficulty will be designed to meet that end years down the road.

Practice duration is two hours. Practice will consist of both dryland workouts including weights and yoga and swimming workouts


Goals of the Junior Group:

  • Continue to develop goal-setting skills
  • Improve proficiency in turns
  • Use underwater fly kicking as a tool in racing
  • Continue becoming more fluid in swimming (no splashing)
  • Begin to actively improve distance per stroke
  • Learn leadership skills


Competition at swim meets is expected in this group.


 Parental involvement in swimming decisions at a minimum

·     Once swimmers achieve competency, the swimming relationship must be limited to coach/athlete for them to progress to their greatest capabilities while maintaining a certain level of sanity. Overbearing parents are a burden to the coach AND the ATHLETE

 Must conduct themselves with honor and selflessness at all competitions regardless of circumstances

Attend all competitions recommended by the head coach

Other areas of swimmer Accountability:

    1. Swimmer learns to accept the responsibility for his/her performance

   2. Swimmer learns coping strategies to deal with peer pressure

   3. Swimmer learns coping strategies to deal with parent pressure

   4. Swimmer understands and performs personal race strategies

   5. Swimmer demonstrates an ability to balance school, social, swimming and family

   6. Swimmer can effectively communicate her/his commitment to her/his parent, coach and teammates

   7. Swimmer knows the team goals and will take an active part in developing specific and attainable practice group goals

   8. Swimmer understands the relationship between his/her personal commitment level and results