October Mid Month Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 10


It's easy to have faith in yourself when you're a winner. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not winning. – Vince Lombardi

The COVID Numbers are on the rise again.  Restrictions are being increased and we are monitoring things as we go.    

We were excited to have at least a couple of swim meets before we had to postpone our competitions.  Our swimmers really did well in our 2 meets!  We had a lot of new PRs and had 2 new team records.  We are still monitoring things and looking to see when we can have/attend our next competition.  

My proposal to NMS to count unsanctioned swims as opportunities to qualify for State was approved.  We are still working to explore our options for competitions.
Our team suits and warm ups look fantastic!  We are able to extend our team discount of 25% out to then end of October.  After that it will go down to the standard 20%.  If you haven't had a chance to check them out please do

You can find the suits here.   Our equipment list for swimmers can be found here.
There has been interest in swim lessons.  We will be testing out swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm.  We also have performance training sessions available at the gym.

You can sign up for them here  
Registrations for the 2021 season is now open.  Current members have between now and December 1st to register.  
We need more officials to be able to run swim meets.  Please send Coach Jeremiah your name and email for more information.  It takes a while to become certified.  Lets get started now!
The sign up link for practices is here.

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. 

October 24th @ 1230pm 
  • Virtual Pumpkin carving/decorating party
October 31st
  • Virtual Costume Contest


Learning Centers
GT Sports
  • Get all your swim gear, custom apparel and more from our partnered supplier. Use Code MAKOROCKS for 25% off of TYR gear!
  • www.JustGT.shop 

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
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 October Birthday Swimmers!
Hailey Manning
Jonathan Constable
Luke Johnson
Ariana Chavez
Ciara McKinney
Eban Sanchez
Iris Garcia
Deklan DeCourcey

Mental Health Tips With Team USA Senior Sports Psychologist, Sean McCann

Each year on October 10, we celebrate World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and share resources to offer support to all who struggle. The isolation and loss of 2020 has impacted all of us in different ways and prioritizing mental health has never been more important than it is now.

Team USA Senior Sport Psychologist, Sean McCann, who has worked with elite-level athletes for 29 years, shares three tips to help swimmers stay on top of their mental health.

Mental Health Tip No. 1:  Remember the foundation for mental health is physical health.  
Swimmers often push the envelope, “saving time” by cutting corners on sleep and good nutrition.  In times of stress, like the world we are living in right now, you can’t afford to under-sleep or under-fuel.  Fuel your brain and body with lots of sleep (8+ hours) and excellent nutrition.

Mental Health Tip No. 2:  Be as nice to yourself as you are to your friends. 
When your friends are struggling, you remind them how awesome they are, how much they are getting done despite real challenges, and how it really is tough these days.  Too many swimmers are way meaner to themselves than others.  It’s not that you should stop trying to be your best, but that you need to remember that to be your best right now is challenging, and right now you may need more self-support than self-criticism.

Mental Health Tip No. 3:  Be mindful if you are starting to isolate and hole-up in your room.
When athletes get down, sometimes they cut themselves off from all the things that help keep them upbeat and happy.  A little alone time is often fine and necessary, but don’t cut yourself off from friends and family that help you laugh, listen to you and remind you that you are an important part of their lives.  Like plants need water and sun to thrive, people need connection.  Especially these days when connection is hard, making the effort to connect pays off in mental health.

For more mental health tips, check out USA Swimming’s mental training and wellness page. You can also find additional resources here. 



Expanding Your Cooking Repertoire

COVID-19 has changed all our daily routines, including how and what we eat. The 2020 Food & Health Survey from the International Food Information Council shows that eight of 10 Americans have altered their food habits, with the biggest change being cooking at home.

If you haven’t already done so…swim into the kitchen and help the family out by learning to cook. Grab your tablet or favorite screen and log into these YouTube channels to help you learn to cook or explore new recipes to expand your repertoire.

  • Log into Cooking with Team USA to see Olympic athletes share their favorite recipes in short, entertaining video clips. I think you will especially like the video, “Tucker Dupree Can Swim and Sauté,” featuring four-time gold medal Paralympic swimmer, Tucker Dupree. His dish is made in a water bath (OK, there are a lot of puns in the videos). Poached Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles is easy and delicious. Check out all of the videos to learn some new skills and nutrition facts along the way.
  • Michelle Dudash is a registered dietitian and chef, and hosts a YouTube channel called Dish with Dudash. From the easy Baked Salmon or Guacamole recipes to the more complex recipe for Pulled Pork Carnitas in the Instant Pot, her enthusiasm for good nutrition and tasty dishes is just right for athletes.
  • The Real Food Dietitians feature two registered dietitians, Jessica and Stacie, who deliver a variety of videos using real foods. They also provide loads of recipes for those with dietary restrictions or allergies, such as nut-free, gluten-free, and others.
  • If you are looking for vegan recipes, lot into Canadian dietitian Abbey Sharp’s YouTube channel section on healthy vegan ideas. You might be thinking that if it is vegan it must be healthy, but not necessarily so. Abbey’s videos (over 40 vegan recipes) will introduce you to some delicious ideas, like spicy watermelon fingers…a perfect summer treat.
  • Lastly, this YouTube Channel from Allrecipes.com is great for those who don’t know much about cooking. The “How to make” series show you the basics on how to make pancakes to banana bread, and to my favorite, “Starbuck’s Copycat Lemon Bread.” 

Once you learn to cook, then invite your family around the table to share the meal. Research from The Food Industry Association shows that family meals make families stronger. Family connections increase, self-esteem improves, positive social behaviors and strong family relationships result from sharing family meals. And, we all need to be strong!

Christine Rosenbloom is a registered dietitian, sports nutritionists, and nutrition professor emerita at Georgia State University. She welcomes questions from swimmers, parents, and coaches at [email protected]