July Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 7


It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

June was such an amazing month for us and July is already just as amazing!  We have had continued success despite pool closures.  Thank you for being so positive, supportive, and adaptable!  

It was great seeing parents at practices again!  We missed you! 
After Championships, we will be taking a 2 week break from August 2nd-14th.  After that we will be back in the pool doing group practices.  We will be focusing on kicking, core, starts, and turns.  We will also film ourselves under water and watch the Olympic swims.  Practice times for all groups will be from 5-6pm.  (PUPs Swimmers will keep the same practice times/days).  August Dues will be only 50%
August is the beginning of our registration season for 2022.  Swimmers that have already registered for 2021 can register between August-November since your registration doesn't run out until the end of December.  Please see below for the registration costs:
Early Registration 1st Swimmer - $150
Early Registration 2nd and on Swimmer(s) - $78
(Early Registration - August 1-August 31st)
Registration 1st Swimmer - $165
Registration 2nd and on Swimmer(s) - $85

Registrations cover USA and New Mexico Swimming registration fees.  It also covers insurance for the year.
Good luck to our swimmers going to Championships!  
Upcoming Events 
(Please Make Sure You Look at Meet Info or Talk to Your Coach to See if Its The Right Meet For Your Swimmer)
22nd-25th - 14&Under State
  • This is a fast meet with state qualifying swims.  This will be held in Las Cruces.  Good luck to all our qualifiers!  Swim fast and swim hard!
24th - Summer League Championships
  • We will have our summer league championships at Riverpoint Sports and Wellness.  Good luck swimmers!  
23rd-25th - Sun City Summer Bash
  • This is a great meet held in El Paso.  There are no qualifying times for this meet.
27th-31st - Senior Zones Championships
  • This meet is held in Fresno, CA.  This is an extremely fast meet.  Congratulations to our qualifiers Gracie, Dylan, Thomas McCarthy, Thomas McLaughlin, Kevin, Philip, Aubrey, Noah, Owen, and Trevor.  Good luck!
31st - Summer League Fun Relays
  • We will end our Summer League Series with some fun relays!
  August 4th-7th - Age Group Zones Championships
  • Held in Lewisville, Texas.  We are so proud of 2 of our swimmers who were selected to represent New Mexico Swimming!  Good luck Ariana and Ronan!
August 21st - Open Water Race
  • More Information to come!



Learning Centers
GT Sports
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.
Swim Lesson Reservations
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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 July Birthday Swimmers!
Avyanna Chavez-Rodriguez
Camille Ghiurcan
Bruce Chrisp
Kostyn Perry
Hayden Heinrich
Phangea Manyseng-Gutierrez
Charleston Lawson
Seth McLaughlin
Vivienne Laughlin
Jordan Brooks
New Team Records!
Event Record Holder(s) Date Set Time
Male 12-12 50 Free McCarthy, Ronan P 06/27/2021 25.52
Male 12-12 100 Back McCarthy, Ronan P 06/27/2021 1:10.04
Male 12-12 100 Free McCarthy, Ronan P 06/19/2021 56.46
Male 12-12 200 Free McCarthy, Ronan P 06/26/2021 2:07.94
Male 17 & Over 50 Free McLaughlin, Thomas E 06/27/2021 22.05
Female 18-18 100 Fly Brown, Lilahtov D 06/26/2021 1:02.50
Female 18-18 200 Fly Brown, Lilahtov D 06/27/2021 2:35.62
Female 18-18 200 Free Brown, Lilahtov D 06/26/2021 2:02.96
Female 18-18 1650 Free Brown, Lilahtov D 06/25/2021 20:41.45
Female 16-16 100 Breast Matthew, Jude R 06/26/2021 1:11.43
Female 16-16 200 Free Matthew, Jude R 06/26/2021 2:08.77
Female 15-15 100 Breast Patnode, Abigail G 06/26/2021 1:13.83
Female 14-14 200 Breast Chavez, Liliana M 06/27/2021 2:46.59
Female 17 & Over 200 Fly Brown, Lilahtov D 06/27/2021 2:35.62
Female 17 & Over 200 Free Brown, Lilahtov D 06/26/2021 2:02.96
Female 17 & Over 1650 Free Brown, Lilahtov D 06/25/2021 20:41.45

Days to Tokyo: The Long and Winding Road

Five years of waiting has now officially come down to just six days until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 commences. 

The lineup is set, athletes are ready and medals are in reach. This Olympic Games is already one of the most unique in history – the swimming community has seen cancelled Olympics, boycotted Olympics but never postponed-by-a-year Olympics. 

Let’s take a look back on what has led up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Fresh off the heels of a 33-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, it was hard to imagine the new reality of a post-Michael-Phelps retirement era for U.S. swimmers. Those uncertainties quickly vanished as the U.S. dominated the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, totaling 41 medals – the most ever by an American team at a world championships competition. American swimmers popped off, setting 17 American records at the meet, six of which were good for new world records. 

Also traveling overseas was the U.S.’ 2017 World University Games roster, which cumulated 28 medals during its time in Taipei, Taiwan. The team’s performance featured multi-medal winning swims from Andrew Wilson (three gold), Zach Harting (two gold) and Katie McLaughlin (two silver, one bronze).

Stateside, the U.S. hosted the FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, and saw current U.S. Olympians Kieran SmithPatrick CallanDrew KiblerRegan SmithAlex Walsh and Kate Douglass come away with medals. 

The trio of open water competitors taking on this summer’s Olympic 10K also shined, each taking home a 2017 U.S. Open Water Championships title: Haley Anderson in the 5K, Ashley Twichell in the 10K and Jordan Wilimovsky in the 10K. 

The 2018 Pan Pacific Championships was the marquee event of the summer, but before the U.S. sent a team to Pan Pacs, it hosted the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships. 

The vast majority of this year’s U.S. Olympic Swimming Team competed at Nationals that year: Ryan MurphyChase KaliszLilly KingHali Flickinger and Olivia Smoliga to name a few. Ultimately, Michael Andrew stole the show in the men’s events, capturing a clean sweep of the 50-meter events. One of the more notable wins for Andrew was in the 50m freestyle, when he and Dressel duked it out to finish 1-2, perhaps as a teaser before the tandem would go on to qualify together in the event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in 2021. 

In the women’s field, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky made their presence known in dominating style, winning five out of six freestyle events. Manuel set meet records in both the 50- and 100m freestyle, while Ledecky captured her three titles in Ledecky-esque fashion, leading from start to finish.
The 2018 Pan Pacs team was set, and ended up putting on a 20-gold-medal display in Japan – good for more swimming golds than every other country combined in the competition. 

The momentum held form into 2019, when four international competitions provided plenty of opportunities for U.S. athletes to showcase their talents and Olympic potential. 

The most telling event was the 2019 FINA World Championships, when Caeleb Dressel became the first male swimmer to ever record eight medals at a single long-course world championships meet. Dressel, Manuel and Regan Smith took the competition by storm and played pivotal roles in the 30 medals and 14 American records set at the meet. The open water crew held strong in South Korea as well, taking home three medals and qualifying three athletes to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 roster in the 10K. 

Shortly after worlds was the 2019 Pan American Games, when U.S. swimmers combined for 21 gold medals, which is tied for the third-most golds by a U.S. swim team at a long-course, international competition since 2000. Multi-medal performances were turned in by current Olympians Zach Apple (five gold), Catie DeLoof (two gold) and Paige Madden (one gold, one silver).

Wrapping up the senior-level international competitions in 2019 was the World University Games in Naples, Italy. Annie Lazor and Alex Walsh posted a tremendous showing in Italy, capturing two individual gold medals each, while future Olympic qualifiers Nic Fink and Phoebe Bacon also stood the podium with gold medals.  

Concluding the summer of international events was the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary, when the swimming community got its first glimpse of emerging phenoms Torri Huske and Claire Curzan taking the international stage. The talented duo both took home multiple medals and joined Jake Mitchell as members of the team to go on and make this year’s Olympic roster. 

Well . . . this was a rough one. 

The COVID-19 pandemic first started showing its effects on the United States in March of 2020, shortly after the conclusion of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines. What followed was a string of cancelled events, gatherings and happenings worldwide that left the swimming community void of racing opportunities. 

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were officially postponed by a year, as were the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Pools closed, programs had to hit pause and U.S. National Team members resorted to neighbors’ backyards or open water to get just a taste of the sport. Even the most passionate of dryland-workout haters were now found searching for weights and conditioning routines to stay in shape. 

Eventually, multi-site meets started kicking off in the fall, including the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open which was held across nine different sites. 

2020 was about as long and difficult as it gets for swimmers, but there was light at the end of the tunnel, as the end of 2020 meant new goals and opportunities were in store for 2021. 

As COVID-19 rates started to decrease nationwide, local and national competitions started slowly opening up again, giving a new path to the rescheduled U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming.
In the new two-wave format, Trials provided the swimming community with opportunities and memories for 12 days in June, eventually earning 53 athletes the title of 2020 Olympians.

Now, after five long years, athletes and fans worldwide will again get to watch their favorite swimmers take the starting blocks on the Olympic stage. 

Never before has the swimming community experienced a five-year quad. Never before has the swim community battled a global pandemic that forcibly eliminated swimming opportunities across the country, but the athletes, coaches and officials powered through.

Now, we are ready for Tokyo.