March Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 8, Issue 3


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

We had a fantastic February!  So many fast swims at all of the meets!  Ous swimmers' hard work and dedication is showing up in the lanes!!!  We are kicking off this month with Spring Finale Championships and then State.  We will finish the month with SWAGR and Zones Championships.  Good luck swimmers!  Just keep swimming!

After State, our swimmers and coaches will work on needed technique improvements that we saw from each swim meet.  This will help us get ready for the Summer.  We have exciting things this Summer!  Arizona Swim Meet, Camping Trip, Santa Rosa Lake Trip, and Summer League Meets!

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:

Rio Rancho
3/8 and 3/9 - For Club State

Los Altos
3/8 and 3/9 - For Club State

Events and Meets

March 2nd-3rd - Spring Finale (Formerly B Champs)
  • This is the championship meet for swimmers that have not qualified for State.  We need all swimmers who have not qualified for state to swim at this meet and help us get as many points as possible!
March 7th - 10th - State Championships
  • This is for all swimmers that have achieved state qualifying times!  We will also recruit non state swimmers to help us complete relays!  



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Swim Assist
Happy Birthday to our March Birthday Swimmers!
Santiago Acevedo
Dayvinee Rael
Payson Westervelt
Isabella Seymour
Aidan Stenger
Ivy Apodaca
Presley Torrey
Charles Martinez
Jonas Bouvet
Brantley Grubbs
Carson Graff
Levi Klein
Kendal Moody
Sean OBrien
Trenton Nalls
Ziyah Chavez-Rodriguez
Elliana Ortiz
Shannon Baiardo
Orla Baiardo
Brody Wicker
Aiden Aragon
Vincent Hinds
Aliyah Encinias
Hailey Wagenblast
Giovanni Duran
Santanna Valdez
Jude Matthew
Kingston Enos
New Team Records!!!
****HS Swimmers - if you achieved a team record at districts or state, please let your coaches know so we can add that to our database****
Event Record Holder(s) Date Set Time
Male 16-16 1000 Free Scott, Charles F 02/18/2024 12:04.52

TrueSport: 3 Budget Friendly Meals for Growing Athletes


Cooking for hungry young athletes can get expensive fast. But there are a few simple ways to get smart about saving, even as food prices continue to stay high.  

Here, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, shares a few tips for buying food on a budget, as well as recipes for a few meals that keep costs low.  

Cost Saving Tips 

  1. Meal Prepping is Budget-Friendly 


Meal prepping is not just a time-saver: it also saves you from expensive last-minute restaurant stops and hunger-filled trips to the grocery store. It also ensures that you actually use all of the food that you do buy, and it allows you to buy ingredients like chicken or oatmeal in bulk, which is cheaper than purchasing small single-serve packages.  

  1. Don’t Waste Leftovers 


Often, that single chicken breast left over after dinner ends up sitting in the refrigerator before getting tossed out. But while you may not have enough left over from dinner for a full meal for the family, you can repurpose those leftovers to feed hungry athletes. Don’t be afraid to use leftovers creatively for lunch the next day. For example, extra chicken can easily be made into a sandwich, burrito, wrap, or rice bowl. 

  1. Get Creative 

When you are at the grocery store, sticking to your list and buying the bulk options are great ways to save money. But also keep an eye out for deals, and don’t be afraid to make some creative substitutions.  

  1. Have the Right Cooking Gear 


Ziesmer often talks about slow-cookers and pressure cookers as great ways to speed up meal prep and make things like dried beans a more realistic option for busy people. If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, check your local thrift store if a new one is out of your budget. And of course, if you have the time and space, you can get creative with growing your own herbs and vegetables at home to save money.  

  1. Be Smart About Sport Snacks 


There are hundreds of bars, gels, gummies, and drink mixes now marketed to athletes, but in most situations, young athletes don’t need these powders and potions to perform at their best. There are plenty of easy options for homemade sports drinks and simple pre-game snacks that aren’t ultra-processed and pricey. Most of the time, a bottle of water with a pinch of sea salt and a banana or a half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich will be the perfect snack. 

Here are some budget friendly meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Breakfast: Nutrient-Packed Overnight Oats 

Compared to buying boxes of cereal or granola, buying bulk bags of oatmeal is a huge cost savings. On a per-serving basis, cereal often costs three or more times as much as oatmeal. Oatmeal is also the more nutrient-dense, fiber-rich choice. It’s also less processed and can be topped with nutritious foods like fruit, nuts, and seeds. 


  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup rolled oats (depending on how hungry your athlete tends to be) 

  • Nuts and seeds: Crushed walnuts, chopped pecans, chia seeds, or peanut butter are all great options. 

  • Fruit: Berries (fresh or frozen), raisins, dried cranberries, or seasonal fruit like apples or bananas 

  • Sweetener: Honey or maple syrup, cinnamon  

Prep: Combine all ingredients in a jar or bowl and add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk or water (double the amount of oatmeal used). Leave it in the refrigerator overnight, then enjoy it cold or warm up in the microwave in the morning.  

Lunch: Simple Vegetarian Rice Bowl 

Vegetarians have long touted the benefits of rice and beans since the combination of the two provides all of the essential amino acids and protein that a growing athlete needs. And they are incredibly budget-friendly! While dried beans require more prep time than canned, they do provide major cost-savings. A secondhand slow cooker or pressure cooker can help reduce time in the kitchen prepping dried beans. And rather than buying single-serve or quick-cook rice, opt for the largest bag that you’re able to fit in your kitchen cupboards. Bulk rice is one of the most inexpensive carbohydrates available, and it’s also one of the most versatile and easy to use carbohydrates. 


  • 1 cup rice 

  • 1/2 cup black beans  

  • 1 bell pepper (If not in season, check the frozen aisle: Often you can find bags of chopped peppers and onions combined!) 

  • 1/2 onion  

  • 1 cup spinach 

  • Chili powder 

  • Toppings: Tomato, avocado, shredded cheese, hot sauce, salsa 


Use a rice cooker to cook your rice, or follow directions on the bag (ideally, meal prep several servings of rice at once, rather than single servings). Sauté peppers, onions, and spinach with a sprinkle of chili powder until softened, then add pre-cooked black beans to the pan. Build your bowl by topping rice with vegetable mix, followed by toppings.  

Dinner: Simple Chicken for Today + Beyond 

If you can’t find good seasonal options—which can be hard in the winter months in many areas—opt for frozen vegetables, says Ziesmer. These are often less expensive than fresh vegetables, and because they’re flash frozen immediately after harvesting, they actually retain more nutrients than some of the fresh options that have traveled a long distance to make it onto the shelves at your grocery store. And when it comes to deciding what’s for dinner, keep it simple: Avoid recipes that force you to buy a dozen ingredients that you’ll only use for one dish, or that feature pricier cuts of meat. For most young athletes, finding a few favorite meals that are easy and inexpensive to prepare beats attempting to create a new dish every night of the month. 


  • Chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) - often less pricey than chicken breasts. Buy in bulk for meal prepping 

  • Seasonal roast-friendly vegetables that your athletes like, such as asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, celery 

  • Roast root vegetables: Beets, sweet potatoes, white or yellow potatoes, yellow onion 

  • Olive oil 

  • Spices: Pepper, garlic powder, salt (or an ‘everyday seasoning’ blend) 


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  • Chop vegetables and root vegetables into roughly 1x1 inch cubes. 

  • Line two pans with foil for easier cleanup, then drizzle olive oil on each. 

  • Put all vegetables and root vegetables in a big bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and your choice of seasoning. These vegetables also are great as leftovers for rice bowls, stews, salad toppers, and side dishes throughout the week, so, when possible, make extra.  

  • Bake the vegetables in the oven for 1 hour (or until they’re easily pierced with a fork). 

  • On one pan, lay out chicken and sprinkle with your preferred seasoning. This is a great time to cook a big batch of chicken to be used in soups, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls throughout the week. 

  • Bake chicken for roughly 55 minutes.   


Feeding a young, hungry athlete can cost a fortune, but it doesn’t have to. With some advance planning, meal prep, and smart bulk buying, you can slash your grocery budget while still ensuring that your athlete is getting all the nutrients that they need to stay in the game.