November Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 11


There's swimming and then there's MAKO SWIMMING!  Thank you for being a part of the difference!
MAKO Family,

October was one to remember!  We had some scaringly good swims this month!  We are so proud of the direction our team is going!  Our meet was one of the best we have put on.  We received so many complements on putting on such a great meet. 

Thank you, all parents, for helping run the meet!  Without you, our swimmers wouldn't be able to compete and have a great time!  We know it's a learning experience for new parents to help out at a meet.  We appreciate everyone for stepping up!  Here are some links to help explain some of the FAQs for parent participation and job descriptions.  

Parent Participation FAQs
Parent Job Descriptions

One of the benefits of hosting a meet is that it allows us to do programs and events.  It's that time of year again!  We are kicking off our Polar Bear Challenge again!  We are excited to bring this to Kirtland and Los Altos this time!  Please click here for more

We will need parents to run the hot cocoa tables each Thursday night.  Please sign up here.  


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)
If you are unsure of what time standards are please  click here.

No Practice Dates: 
All Locations:
11/10 - Veteran's Day
11/23-24 - Thanksgiving  


Events and Meets
4th - BEAST Fall Fest 
  • This is a fun meet in Santa Fe.  The entries are closed for this meet.  Good luck swimmers!
17th-19th - High Desert Classic
  • This is a fast prelims/finals meet.  Qual times do apply.  The registration deadline is Nov 6th
18th - Masters Meet in Taos
  • This is a great meet for our Masters Swimmers in Taos.  
30th-Dec 3rd - Arizona Holiday Swim Festival
  • This is a really fast meet in Arizona.  The meet will be held at the University.  It is a great opportunity for our swimmers to race against some tough competition.  Time Standards do Apply!


Team Group Chats
  • Click here to get the quick updates about practices for each group!

Learning Centers
GoTime Athletics
Swim Lesson Reservations
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 November Birthday Swimmers!
Ewan Mason
Karan Hari
Kamryn Innerhofer
Olivia Chavez
Asa Hoover
Alicia Garcia-Haynie
Maddox Casinger
Matthew Seymour
Max Meroney
Rylee Ortiz
Julianna Owens
Genavieve Magana
Mateo Harte
Zoey Fitzgerald

New Team Records!!!
Event Record Holder(s) Date Set Time
Male 13-13 50 Back Hari, Guha I 10/15/2023 29.65
Male 13-13 50 Fly Hari, Guha I 10/15/2023 27.13
Male 13-13 100 Back Hari, Guha I 10/29/2023 1:03.15
Male 13-13 100 Free Hari, Guha I 10/29/2023 53.89
Male 10-10 50 Back Johnson, Cole R 10/14/2023 37.01
Male 10-10 50 Fly Johnson, Cole R 10/29/2023 37.23
Male 10-10 50 Free Johnson, Cole R 10/28/2023 29.28
Male 10-10 100 Back Johnson, Cole R 10/28/2023 1:18.72
Male 10-10 100 Free Johnson, Cole R 10/29/2023 1:06.94
Male 10-10 100 IM Johnson, Cole R 10/28/2023 1:19.47
Female 16-16 50 Breast Chavez, Liliana M 10/15/2023 34.76

5 Things for Parents to Avoid When Cultivating Grit

Raising athletes to be resilient and persistent in the face of struggles or challenges is an important role for every parent, but it can be hard to know where to draw the line when helping athletes develop ‘grit.’ An athlete with grit, as explained by Angela Duckworth, the scientist who coined the term, is able to “sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.”

Here are a five common mistakes that parents make when trying to instill that spirit in athletes.


Avoid Cultivating a Winner-Only Mindset

It’s easy to praise hard work and ‘grit’ when it’s leading to successful games or competitions. Unfortunately, this means that determination and grit often end up feeling synonymous with ‘winning’ and ‘being a winner’ for young athletes. 

It’s your responsibility as a parent to help them understand that it’s possible – and perhaps more important – to have grit when things aren’t going their way.

A board-certified family physician and respected youth development and resilience expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, explains on her website, “The most important lessons are learned in adversity, so we have to remind ourselves not to shield young people, but to enable and encourage their problem-solving and self-confidence.”

At the end of the day, emphasizing an athlete’s determination during hard times is more important to their long-term development than praising it when the athlete is finding success. 


Avoid Offering Extrinsic Motivation

Offering a reward like a pizza party for winning seems like an easy motivational tactic, but it can backfire. Even athletes who are initially intrinsically motivated can become focused on the material rewards rather than performance and grit for the sheer love of the sport.

Gilboa agrees and shares, “The social science research on behavior change shows that rewards systems (usually called Token Economies in the literature) are effective for only short periods. Over time, the motivation decreases even if the rewards don’t change.”

“The biggest problem is this is not great preparation for the world ahead of our children,” Gilboa states on her website. “When we want our kids to learn good habits, we need to expect it of them and link the mastery of a task to a new privilege. Kids are desperate to be acknowledged as older or more mature and this is a great motivator.” 


Avoid Pushing Grit Through Injury and Illness

Dedication is a great quality, but a parent can accidentally pressure an athlete to push through illness or even injury in the name of ‘giving it your all.’ Pay close attention to athletes for signs of injuries or illness, especially in athletes you know already display a lot of persistence without prompting. There’s a line between persisting through a rough patch and pushing so hard that an athlete ends up injured and sitting out for the season…or even longer.

Gilboa reassures parents that even without risking further injury to play, the athlete “can learn resilience – by overcoming the adversity of injury. To do that, he needs you to see that he is facing something that is difficult for him. You don’t have to understand why it’s difficult or agree that it is. You do have to help him see the steps to recovery and praise him when he chooses to follow those steps.”


Avoid Promoting a Fixed Mindset

Telling your athlete that they are ‘naturally talented’ or ‘the team all-star without even practicing’ is merely enabling a fixed mindset.

“Children who wither when confronted with challenges view their abilities as fixed – once they fall short, it’s very hard for them to rebound. On the other hand, kids who develop a “growth” mindset believe they can improve (in ability and intelligence) over time and with practice. They view new challenges as fun and exciting,” explains Gilboa.


Avoid Using Nouns Instead of Verbs

A recent study showed that children persist better with difficult tasks when they don’t have to figure out what it means to ‘be’ something. More specifically, "using verbs to talk to children about behavior – such as 'you can help’ – can lead to more determination following setbacks than using nouns to talk about identities, for instance, 'you can be a helper,’” explains the study’s author.

For your athlete, that may mean asking them to “congratulate each teammate post-game," versus telling them to “be a good teammate.” This also relates to talking about how a game went: The players aren’t ‘losers,’ they ‘lost a game.’


Remember that helping your athlete see how hard work and determination payoff is critical to their current and future goals.