The Makos group is the second of our competitive groups in the Northwest Arkansas Aquatics program. The base requirement to be in this group is 1 13-14 USA Swimming BB time Standard.


The focus of the Makos group is to prepare the swimmers within the NWAA program for senior level swimming. These swimmers will continue to work on skills necessary to be a successful swimmer and will build up their endurance which is required to handle the training workload of senior level swimming.


The Makos will do swimming sets in practice that will help them in their development within the sport and will help them be competitive in local, regional, and national competitions. The goal of this group is to prepare them to be as competitive as possible within their age group and to make sure that they have the skills required to be successful as they progress in the NWAA program.  


Swimmers in the Makos group will range in ages of 13-17. It is our goal for the older swimmers to move up as soon as they demonstrate the skills necessary and the endurance required to be able to smoothly transition into the Senior I group.


Practice Schedule:


Walton Life Fitness Center (a membership at the WLFC is not necessary)

Monday-Friday – 6:00-6:30pm (Dryland) / 6:30-8:00pm (Swim)

Saturday – 7:30-9:00am (Swim)


Lead Group Coaches:


Eric Paden – [email protected]


Meet Schedule:


9/25 – NWAA Sharks Pentathlon – Bentonville, AR

10/1-10/3 – Jenks Fall Invitational – Jenks, OK

10/29 – Friday Night Frenzy – Bentonville, AR

11/5-11/7 – Jim Devine Memorial Invitational – Columbia, MO

11/19-11/21 – TYR Super Finals – Springdale, AR

12/3-12/5 – Holiday Classic – Benton, AR

12/3-12/5 – COR Classic – Garland, TX

1/7-1/9 – NWAA Winter Invitational – Fayetteville, AR

1/28-1/30 – Ice Breaker Invitational – Edmond, OK

2/18-2/20 – February Frenzy – Bentonville, AR

3/4-3/6 – ARSI 14&Under Championships – Benton, AR

3/22-3/26 – NCSA Age Group National Championships – Orlando, FL