August Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 8


You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

What a good feeling to be swimming at our home pool!  We are so excited to see how great our swimmers are progressing!  We are aware that parents don't have that opportunity so we have some exciting events to help with that!  Please check out our upcoming events section!
Our T-Shirt challenge was a big success and a lot of fun.  We have some creative minds swimming for us!  Coach Kimiko will be sending out the voting links very soon!
As we get closer to September we will be using more equipment with our workouts. Normally we have a supply to lend out but due to the current conditions/restrictions we are not able to.  Below is a list of gear that each group will need.  You can find these products on JustGT.Shop. The prices are competitive if not lower than swimoutlet's prices.  Use Promo code SHARKWEEK between August 9th and 16th to receive 15% off.  Our swimmers will need:
  • Pups: fins and kickboard
  • White: fins, kickboard, buoy, paddles
  • Black: Fins, kickboard, buoy, paddles, tempo trainer, snorkel
  • Seniors:  TYR FLEX fins or Hydroblade fins or Finis positive Drive Fins (breastrokers), kickboard, buoy,finis freestyler paddles, TYR catalyst stroke training paddles,  tempo trainer, and snorkel.
Our practice schedule request change was denied by the city.  We will not be able to get in the pool earlier.  Coach Kimiko will adjust and send out the rest of the sign up links.
We have some coaching changes. 
  • Coach Adrian has accepted a new job Albuquerque Ambulance that will prevent him from coaching for the time being.  We are very excited and happy for him!  This isn't goodbye.  Its just see you later.  You can see him sooner at GoTime though.   
  • We would like to welcome our new Coach Justin! We are very excited and fortunate to get a coach of his caliber!  Learn more about him here!

USA Swimming has come out with some formats for virtual meets.  We have had some input on the formats.  We are now going to be working with New Mexico Swimming to start setting up some competitions.  We will send more information out as things develop.
Last but not least we will be starting up a MAKO Business support page.  From here we will give our MAKO Members the ability/option to put their business on a page dedicated to highlight our own team's businesses.  This is an effort to help support our team through these times.  

Together we can go far!

REMINDER:  When signing up for events...If you see a time that is red; they do not meet the reqs established by the meet director.  After you sign up, periodically check your entries to see if they were approved or stopped. 

11th and 12th - Live Practice Feed
  • Under current conditions we know its hard to know how well your little sharks are doing.  We heard you and so we will have a live practice feed so you can see your swimmers going!  More details to come!
22nd - Open Water Swim and Barbeque
  • We will have an open water swim at Abiquiu Lake.  More info to come.  
27th-29th MAKO Mini Meet
  • This won't be like our normal meets.  We will send out more information about the format and procedures.



Learning Centers
GT Sports
  • Get all your swim gear, custom apparel and more from our partnered supplier.

GoTime Fitness
  • MAKO is partnered up with this gym to help our swimmers get sport specific dryland training
  • MAKO Families get a discount for gym memberships
  • Click here for more info
  • Follow them @ GoTime Fit for daily health tips and challenges.

Social Media
MAKO Masters 
Swim Apps to keep you connected to the Team
  •  Check out these apps that are designed to help you find the info you need right on your phone or tablet! 
Swim Assist
Happy Birthday to Our August Birthday Swimmers!
08/01/2006 Serlha Kundeling
08/02/2007 Emmanuel  Padilla
08/03/2009 Lucia Pena
08/05/2011 Miles Dolge
08/11/2003 Kevin Perez
08/11/2012 Nathan Sandoval
08/13/2007 Maya Williamson
08/17/2010 Kara McDonald
08/19/2006 Avery Banes
08/23/2002 Ally Monroy
08/25/2006 Trenton McDonald
08/25/2006 Jason McDonald
08/29/2003 Luke Bemish

Catherine Kase shares Open Water Workouts and Open Water Tips

This week, Coach Catherine Kase has provided some workout tips, as well as the benefits of training open water. Kase is a National Team coach, Head Coach for the 2021 Open Water Olympic Team and has coached Olympian Haley Anderson.

“During training camps, I usually encourage open water training mixed in with the pool," said Kase.  "Many times, it is great to swim out jet lag in the open water or use it for a light double day.  It is always important to try to get on the racecourse before the actual event to get accustomed to the buoys, sighting, sun glare, currents, temperature and familiarize yourself with the area.” 

Benefits of Training Open Water
  • Clubs will be asked to share their Athlete Protection Policies and other measures they have in place to safeguard athletes.
  • Training outdoors can elevate your mood and there is also an aerobic benefit of longer swimming.
  • Open water swimming can help with mental toughness it gets you out of your comfort zone. It can also teach you to adapt to stressful situations and help prepare for waves or choppy water – it forces you to modify breathing and/or stroke tempo.
  • When swimming open water you have to be more aware of your surroundings; training it teaches you how to navigate and work on the skill of always knowing where you are whether that’s in a practice or a race. 

Benefits of Training Open Water
  • Keep water quality in mind and there may be wildlife!
  • Be aware of natural hazards like currents and sand bars, or boats/other watercraft and the weather or time of day

Now, try it for yourself!



6 Things to Know About Electrolytes for Youth Athletes

Deciding when to use a sports drink, electrolyte-infused water, or plain water is important to your athlete’s performance, but it can also be confusing. Luckily, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, has six simple tips about when and how to help your child incorporate electrolytes. 

1. What your athlete needs will vary

Essentially, electrolytes are what controls your heart beating and your muscles contracting, Ziesmer explains. “If your athlete is just chugging water, they will eventually flush out their system, especially if they’re sweating out the electrolytes at the same time. Athletes need to be taking electrolytes back in so that their muscles can contract. Without a balance of electrolytes, the body just can't perform its normal functions.”

For young athletes, there are two primary determinants for deciding on water or a sports drink that contains electrolytes, says Ziesmer. First, consider practice duration. If they are training for more than an hour, even if it’s mostly easy, they will still want some electrolytes to replace those lost through sweat. Second, consider the temperature outside. Is your athlete in hot weather where they’ll be working up a sweat? If yes, they need electrolytes, though if the practice isn’t hard or long, they may not need added calories with those electrolytes. 

2. Electrolytes can come in many forms

According to Ziesmer, there are three primary options when it comes to ensuring that your child has the electrolytes they need to perform at their best. A sports drink is the most common option, and it will also contain sugar. The second option is electrolytes that are added to plain water, which may range from tablets that contain a range of electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, and potassium to a simple pinch of sea salt for just sodium. The final alternative is having your athlete drink plain water and eat foods that contain electrolytes, like a salty pretzel.

Your choice should depend on what kind of activity your athlete is taking part in, and how easy it will be for them to snack on a pretzel versus sip a sports drink. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, when possible, plain water combined with regular foods like pretzels is the best option for young athletes, but it will depend on what’s easy for your athlete to ingest during practice. 

3. Focus on sodium

Technically, there are several different critical electrolytes, including magnesium and potassium, but Ziesmer says that for young athletes who eat a balanced, healthy diet, the primary one to focus on during play is sodium. “For an adult, you would aim for around 500 milligrams per hour,” she says. “But for a child, I would recommend starting with around 250 milligrams per hour, which is about 20 mini pretzels.” This isn’t a lot of salt, and she cautions that it is easy to go overboard, so be judicious in how much you add to water or how much you water down a pre-made sports drink to reach that level. 

4. Check the label

If you’re new to the world of sports drinks, start being label-conscious and checking ingredients before grabbing what’s on the shelf at the local convenience store. Sports drinks will typically contain both carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Also, be sure to steer clear of energy drinks that are packed with caffeine and other ‘energy enhancing’ substances, and keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against children consuming energy drinks. Watch out for products that promise ‘instant energy,’ as well as electrolyte drinks that are packed with fake sugars like sorbitol, which can cause gut distress.

5. You can make your own

If you prefer to keep your athlete’s diet as natural as possible, you can simply add a bit of flavor-enhancement and natural sugar (like a splash of grape, orange, or apple juice) to regular water, along with a few shakes of salt. The fruit juice makes the water more palatable, while the sugar also helps your athlete better absorb and utilize the sodium, explains Ziesmer. Add some ice to your child’s water bottle on hot days as well: Studies have shown that young athletes cool down better with cold water than with room temperature. 

Ziesmer’s favorite recipe is simple:

  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2.5 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

6. It’s not just about the game or practice

Don’t let sports drinks take the place of drinking water most of the time, says Ziesmer. Letting your child guzzle sports drinks regularly sends a message that supplements and ultra-processed foods are the best option for performance, she warns.

Research has also shown that excessive amounts of sugar — found in most sports drinks — contributes to obesity, tooth decay, and even hyperactivity. Ultimately, a sports drink is only healthy when it’s in the context of a sweaty sporting event, not a casual afternoon at home.


Hydrating properly, which often means deciding what athletes should drink, is critical to their performance and wellbeing during sport. These tips will help you decide when and what athletes should be consuming to stay hydrated.