Club Mission

To provide an avenue for children to safely advance in the world or recreational and competitive swimming in an organized environment directed by USA certified coaching staff.

Club Philosophy

The McHenry Marlins Aquatic Club (MMAC) facilitates a competitive swim team for youth ages 6-21. Our focus is one individual swimmer advancement through program training, technique development, and personal goal setting. Our coaches work to encourage each child to achieve a personal best through dedication and hard work.

Club Organization

MMAC is comprised of an Aquatics Supervisor, Head Coach, and support coaching staff who work hand in hand to bring a quality program to participants. The aquatics supervisor and coaching staff oversee day to day operations and program direction.

Practice Levels

Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on their experience, age, times, and coach evaluations. Swimmer levels are at the discretion of the coach. Swimmers might move up or down levels during the season or yearly based on their attendance, progression, and meet results. Please note that levels do have cap on number of swimmers to ensure that practice size is not overloaded.

Blue Level (Beginner): This level is for swimmers that can strongly swim 50 yards unassisted. Blue offers a basic introduction to the four competitive strokes used in swimming and the other skills necessary to swim competitively. The emphasis is on fun and structure as swimmers learn to swim competitively. Blue level swimmers must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. Practice 2 days/week.

Bronze Level 1 & Level 2 (Age Group): These levels are for the growing swimmers who can perform the following: 50 yards of freestyle from a standing dive; 25 yards each of butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke (25 yards streamline dolphin kick may be substituted for the butterfly); and a freestyle flip turn. Bronze level is required to attend 3 rec meets and at least 1 ISI meets. Level 1 is the normal Bronze practice during the week and combined with Blue. Level 2 swimmers must be close of a regional time in at least 1 event for their age group and mastered all four strokes. They will combine with the Silver level during the week. Practice 2-3 days/week. They will combine with the Silver level during the week. Practice 2-3 days/week.

Silver Level (Intermediate): This level is a for swimmers who have achieved a designated level of success based on effort, practice consistency, meet participation, and time standard achievement. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: 50 yards of all four competitive strokes with legal turns and finishes, 200 yards of continuous freestyle with flip turns, and a 100 yard IM with legal turns. Silver level required to compete in a minimum of 3 rec meets and at least 2 ISI meets. Practice 3 days/week.

Gold Level (Advanced): This level comes with an emphasis on refining competitive stroke technique, building endurance, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and exposing swimmers to greater race opportunities. Swimmers must be able to perform the following: a legal 200 IM with correct stroke and turn technique. Must have obtained or been within reach of a least two regional cut times.. Gold level required to compete a minimum of 4 rec meets and a least 3 ISI meets. Practice 3-5 days a week.

Platinum Level (Elite/HS/Club): This level is designed for the swimmer that are committed to the sport of competitive swimming. Swimmer are looking to compete on an elite club team or college swimming careers. This level requires 100% commitment and dedicated to following coach and team expectations. Swimmers are progressing towards being top-level athletes at state and national levels. Swimmers must be working towards or have obtained four regional cuts or one state cut, have a very proficient stroke technique, be able to read a pace clock, and have a strong work ethic. Platinum level swimmers will work on goal setting and assist with promoting team culture by learning what it takes to coach and working with younger age groups. Platinum level swimmers required to compete in a majority of meets including a minimum of 3 rec meets and most ISI meets. Practice 5 days/week.

Practice Facilities

Winter/Fall Season (September-March) & Summer Season (May)

McHenry High School West Campus Pool

4724 W. Crystal Lake Road

McHenry, IL 60050

Summer Season (June-July)

Merkel Aquatic Center

201 S. Green Street

McHenry, IL 60050

Winter Practice Times 2020-2021

Practice Changes: Practice dates and times can vary depending on school events, high school home swim meets, special events, weather related closures, and district holidays. No discounts or make-up practices will be given for cancellations by coaches, school, or parks department administration. Any changes to schedule will be posted on team website. Swimmers may not attend another practice out of their practice group.









(Paid in Full by 9/1)


Note: Fee includes USA swimmer registration fee





6:00-6:45 PM


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6:00-7:00 PM


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6:00-7:15 pm


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7:30-9:15 pm


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7:30-9:15 pm









7:30-9:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

7:30-9:15 pm

7:15-9:00 pm

7:30-9:15 pm






Summer Practice Times 2021