MAKO 2024 - 2025 Season

Registration for all existing MAKOS opens May 20th and for new families on June 1st.  Please review the following important information regarding registration:

  • Family Discounts: Swimmer with highest dues fees will pay in full. Your 2nd swimmer in the same family will receive a 5% discount, and your 3rd and 4th swimmers in the same family will receive 10% off of their dues.

  • All NEW swimmers must be evaluated. NEW swimmers with current USA/PVS memberships will need to send in their best short course yards or long course meters times. Contact Coach Heather at [email protected] for more information. 

  • We are using an Online Registration System.  In addition, we will continue to use an online platform for paying Dues, Meet Fees, and other incidental charges.  Payments will be due on:

    • September 1, 2024

    • November 1, 2024

    • January 1, 2025

  • This year most groups will swim from September 9, 2024 (Tentative) to May 4, 2025.  Those swimmers that are in the pool 5x or more per week will be swimming from September 9th through the end of July.

  • NO REFUND POLICY: The Mason Makos Swim Team has a firm NO REFUND POLICY concerning registration fees and program fees.  The Mason Makos Swim Team financial commitments involve annual pool and staff contracts based on swimmer registrations at the beginning of each season.  Therefore, the Team provides NO REFUND OF ANY REGISTRATION FEES OR PROGRAM FEES.  This policy covers and includes, without limitation, requests for refunds and/or cancellations as the result of any changes in Mason Makos Swim Team personnel, including changes in the team’s coaching or management staff.  In addition, NO REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEES AND/OR PROGRAM FEES can be made for swimmers who are out of the water due to illness, injury, overcommitment, decreased interest or problems that may take them out of the water.

 


 

The Mason Makos Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. The Mason Makos Swim Team's goal is to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging and developing each individual to the best of their abilities. All practices will be held at the GMU Aquatics and Fitness Center in Fairfax, VA unless otherwise specified.

TENTATIVE 2024-2025 Programs 

MIGHTY MAKO GROUPS 

Mighty MAKO Blue

Recommended Ages:

8 yrs old & Under

Note: All new Mighty Mako Blue swimmers must be evaluated.

 

Requirements:

  • This is not a "learn-to-swim" program
  • Must be able to swim 25 Freestyle and 25 Backstroke legally, unassisted in deep water for 25 yards.

Description:

  • Extensive stroke technique. 1 or 2 practices/week offered.
  • Meet participation is recommended. ALL practices will be held in the shallow, warmer Rec pool. 
  • Swimmers will have access to underwater head sets. Coaches can give immediate stroke correction and positive reinforcement.

Goal:

Legal strokes, starts, and turns. 

Practice Times:

  • Option 1 1x/wk: Monday 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Option 2 1x/wk: Monday 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Option 3 1x/wk: Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 4 1x/wk: Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm FULL
  • Option 5 1x/wk: Friday 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Option 6  2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Option 7 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm FULL
  • *NEW* Option 8 2x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 1x/week $1,185 or 2x/week $2,370


 

Mighty MAKO Gold

Recommended Ages:

Young 9 yrs. old & Under

Note: All new Mighty Mako Gold swimmers must be evaluated.

Requirements:

  • This is not a "learn-to-swim" program
  • Must be able to swim 3 of the 4 strokes legally, (including breaststroke), unassisted in deep water.
  • Participation in 3 meets over the season is required.

Description:

  • Extensive stroke technique.
  • Introduction to turns.
  • 2 or 3 practices/week offered.
  • ALL practices will be held in the Competition pool. 
  • Swimmers will have access to underwater head sets. Coaches can give immediate stroke correction and positive reinforcement.

Goal:

Four legal strokes, starts, and turns.

Practice Times:

  • Option 1 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 2 2x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 3 3x/wk: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 4 3x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 5:00-6:00 pm 

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 2x/week $2,370 or 3x/week $2,720

JUNIOR GROUPS (ages 9-12)

Junior Blue 

Recommended Ages:

9 to 12 yrs. old

Requirements:

  • This is not a "learn-to-swim" program
  • Must be able to swim 50 yards of ALL FOUR STROKES legally, with proper turns, as well as complete a legal 100 IM
  • Note: All new Junior Blue swimmers must be evaluated.

Description:

  • Extensive stroke drill work and technique development. 
  • Start and turn refinement
  • Increased conditioning throughout the year. 
  • Incorporation of underwaters off walls.
  • Begin learning race strategy. 

Goal:

  • More efficient strokes, conditioning, and race techniques.
  • Increased meet participation
  • Legal times in all 50’s and 100 IM in a PVS meet. 
  • Compete in at least two 100 events of stroke and 200 freestyle during the season.
  • Achieve/approach PVS 14&U Championships qualification

Practice Times:

  • Option 1 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Option 2 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 6:15-7:15 pm
  • Option 3 2x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Option 4 3x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-7:00 pm & Friday 5:00-6:00 pm (FULL)
  • Option 5 3x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 6:15-7:15 pm & Friday 5:00-6:00 pm (FULL)
  • Option 6 1x/wk: Friday 5:00-6:00 pm (FULL)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 1x/week $1,250, 2x/week $2,370 or 3x/week $2,720

 

Junior Gold

Recommended Ages:

9 to 12 yrs. old

Requirements:

  • Must have achieved or be near PVS 14&U Champs-level qualification times
  • Must have legal times in at least 8 events offered for their age group
  • Must have competed in at least 5 meets last season
  • Must have Coach's approval.
Description:
  • Continued stroke drill work while incorporating them into training. 
  • Swimmers will learn the importance of swimming relaxed. 
  • Continued review of the importance of turns and underwater swimming off of walls. 
  • Increased conditioning. 
  • Physically more demanding than our other programs for this age group. 
  • At meets, the coaches will have discretion in choosing some events.
Goal:
  • Stronger, more efficient strokes. 
  • PVS 14&U Championships qualification in multiple events.
  • Must compete in at least one meet each month and ALL meets required by coach 
  • Attendance at 85% of practices
  • Must have legal times in all 100’s and 200 IM. 
  • Must compete in all 200 events and the 500 freestyle during the season.
  • Failure to meet the requirement for meet participation, events, and/or practice attendance could lead to removal from Junior Gold
Practice Times:
  • Option 1 (3x/wk): Monday/Wednesday 5:00-6:15 pm, Friday 5:00-6:30 pm @ GMU
  • Option 2 (4x/wk): Monday/Wednesday 5:00-6:15 pm, Friday 5:00-6:30 pm @ GMU & Sat 9:00-10:30 am @ St James (FULL)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 3x/week $3,000 ($3,500 Summer program included) or 4x/week $3,300 ($3,775 Summer program included)

SENIOR PREP GROUPS

Senior Prep

Recommended Ages:

13 - 15 years old

Requirements:

  • Must be able to swim 100 yards of ALL FOUR STROKES legally, with proper turns, as well as complete a legal 200 IM
  • Note: All new Senior Prep Blue swimmers must be evaluated.

Description:

  • Designed for swimmers who want to compete for their summer league and/or high school teams, as well as those who wish to compete in PVS/USA meets. 
  • Continued review of the importance of turns and underwater swimming off of walls. 
  • Increased conditioning. 
  • Extensive stroke drill work and technique development. 
  • Start and turn refinement
 

Goal:

  • Stronger, more efficient strokes
  • Substantially increased conditioning throughout the year. 
  • Extension of underwaters off of turns. 
  • Continuation of learning race strategy, especially with longer races. 
  • Achieve/approach PVS Junior/Senior Championships or PVS 14&U Championships qualification.

Practice Times:

  • Option 1 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm
  • Option 2 2x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Option 3 3x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm & Friday 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Option 4 3x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 5:00-6:00 pm

*Please note that If you are in 9th-10th grade and you qualify for your HS team in the winter, you may attend a different day/time other than Friday to practice during the High School competition season if needed.*

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 2x/week $2,370 or 3x/week $2,720

 

Senior Prep Blue

Recommended Ages:

13 - 15 years old

Requirements:

  • Approaching/achieved championship meet qualification

  • Must have competed in at least 5 meets last season

  • Must have legal times in at least 8 events offered for their age group

  • Must have Coach's approval

Description:

  • This group is for swimmers who are serious about the sport

  • This program is designed to help the transition from our Junior Blue/Junior Gold groups and eventually transition to our Senior groups

  • Continued review of the importance of turns and underwaters off of walls, but with increased conditioning and intensified sets.

  • Stronger, more efficient strokes

  • At meets, the coach will have discretion on choosing a few events your swimmer will compete in.

Goal:

  • Stronger, more efficient strokes; Increased conditioning

  • Attendance at 85% of practices is expected.

  • Must compete in at least one meet each month 

  • Achieve/approach championship meet qualification

  • MUST compete in all 200's of strokes and 500 free during the Swim Season.

  • Failure to meet the requirement for meet participation, events, and/or practice attendance could lead to removal from this group.

Practice Times:

AM Options

  • Option 1 3x/wk: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 5:00-6:30 am
  • Option 2 4x/wk: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 5:00-6:30 am & Saturday 10:30 am-12:00 pm

PM Options

  • Option 3 3x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm, Friday 5:00-6:30 pm 
  • Option 4 4x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm, Friday 5:00-6:30 pm Saturday 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 3x/week $3,000 or 4x/week $3,300

 

Senior Prep Gold

 

Recommended Ages:

12 - 15 years old

Requirements:

  • Must have achieved or be near PVS 14&U Champs-level and ISCA qualification times
  • Must have competed in at least 8 meets last season
  • Must have Coach's approval

Description:

  • This group is for swimmers that have chosen swimming as their primary sport. 
  • At meets, the coaches will have discretion in choosing some events.
  • Continued review of the importance of turns, and underwater swimming off of walls.
  • Increased conditioning. 
  • Swimmers will also learn about proper nutrition and goal setting. 
  • Dryland included in the fall/spring.

Goal:

  • Stronger, more efficient strokes; Increased conditioning
  • Help the transition from our Junior swimming groups to the Senior level.
  • PVS 14&U Championships and ISCA qualification in additional events.
  • Must compete in at least one meet each month and ALL meets required by coach 
  • Attendance at 85% of practices is expected.
  • MUST compete in ALL offered events, including 200s of strokes, 500 freestyle, and 400 IM during the season.
  • Failure to meet the requirement for meet participation, events, and/or practice attendance could lead to removal from this group.

Practice Times:

AM Options

  • Option 1 4x/wk: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:30 am & Saturday 10:30 am-12:15 pm (FULL)
  • Option 2 5x/wk: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 5:00-6:30 am Saturday 10:30 am-12:15 pm (FULL)

AM/PM Options

  • Option 3 4x/wk: Monday 5:00-6:30 AM, Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:45 pm @ GMU & Sat 9:00-10:30 am @ St James
  • Option 4 5x/wk: Monday/Friday 5:00-6:30 am, Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:45 pm @ GMU & Sat 9:00-10:30 am @ St James (FULL)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 4x/week $3,400 ($3,800 Summer program included) or 5x/week ($4,200 Summer program included)

 

SENIOR GROUPS

Senior 

Recommended Ages:

9th-12th grade

Requirements:

Ability to complete a proficient 200 I.M. and 500 Free.

Description:

  • This is the first level of introduction to the Senior group.
  • Designed for swimmers who want to compete for their high school swim teams. 
  • During HS season, Friday practice may be altered to a different day if needed due to HS swim meets.
  • This group is also used to supplement their HS season and for those who want to compete in PVS/USA Swim meets. 
  • Increased training. 
  • Meet participation recommended.
  • Note: All new Senior swimmers must be evaluated.

Goal:

  • Stronger, more efficient strokes.
  • Substantially increased conditioning.
  • PVS Junior Championships qualification.

Practice Times:

AM Options 

  • Option 1 3x/wk: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 5:00-6:30 am 
  • Option 2 4x/wk: Monday through Thursday 5:00-6:30 am (FULL)

PM Options

  • Option 3 2x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm 
  • Option 4 2x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm  
  • Option 5 3x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm & Friday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 6 3x/wk: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 5:00-6:00 pm 
  • Option 7 4x/wk: Monday/Wednesday 7:15-8:15 pm & Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm

*Please note that If you are in 9th-12th grade and you select an option that includes a Friday practice, you may attend a different day/time to practice during the High School competition season if needed.*

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: 2x/week $2,370 or 3x/week $2,720, 4x/wk $3,150  

  

Senior Blue

Recommended Ages:

9th-12th grade

Requirements:

  • Swimmers MUST have competed in a minimum of 6 PVS/USA meets in 2023-24 season have with PVS Junior Championships qualification times and must have Coach's Approval.
  • Participate in all meets required by the coach.

Description:

  • This group is for swimmers who are serious about the sport and want to practice five times a week. 
  • Attendance at 90% of practices is expected. 
  • Intense training: strokes, starts, and turns refinement.
  • Monthly meetings will be held to discuss goals and upcoming competitions.

Goal:

Optimized strokes, turns, starts, and high endurance. Achieve additional Junior Champ qualification times.

MUST compete in PVS/USA meets and compete in ALL offered events, including 1,000 Free, and 400 IM by the end of the Swim Season.

Practice Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00-6:30 am @ GMU
Sunday 10:30 am-12:00 pm @ St James (LONG COURSE) (FULL)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: $4,200 (Summer program included)

 

Senior Gold

Requirements:

  • 9th grade and above with PVS Senior Championships and/or Junior National Qualification times and must have Coach's Approval.
  • Participate in all meets required by the coach.

Description:

  • This group is for dedicated swimmers who acknowledge that swimming is their MAIN and ONLY sport. 
  • Attendance at ALL practices is expected. 
  • Intense training: strokes, starts, and turns refinement.
  • Monthly meetings will be held to discuss goals and upcoming competitions.

Goal:

  • Optimized strokes, turns, starts, and high endurance.
  • Additional Junior/Senior Champs or Junior National Championship qualifications. 
  • MUST compete in PVS/USA meets and compete in ALL offered events, including 1,000 Free, and 400IM during the Swim Season.

Practice Times:

Monday through Friday 5:00-6:30 am @ GMU

Sunday 10:30 am-12:00 pm @ St James (LONG COURSE)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: $4,600 (Summer program included)

 

National Team

Requirements:

  • Must have Coach Approval.
  • Participate in all meets required by the coach.

Description:

  • This group is for dedicated swimmers who acknowledge that swimming is their MAIN and ONLY sport and they are considering swimming in college. 
  • Attendance at ALL practices is expected
  • Intense training: strokes, starts, and turns refinement.
  • Dryland included on Monday/Wednesday PM
  • Monthly meetings will be held to discuss goals and upcoming competitions.

Goal:

Optimized strokes, turns, starts, and high endurance. Junior or Senior National Championships, and Olympic Trial qualification.

Practice Times:

Monday through Friday 5:00-6:30 am, Monday /Wednesday 5:00-6:15 pm @ GMU

Sunday 10:30 am-12:00 pm @ St James (LONG COURSE)

Program Fee:

Registration Fee: $385.00

2023-24 DUES: $5,300 (Summer program included)

The registration fee is $385 and includes:

  • MAKO Outfitting Package:  Team suit, team t-shirt and team silicone cap
  • GMU Package:  GMU Parking Pass and GMU Swimmer Bag Tag
  • MAKO Drawstring Bag, MAKO Magnet
  • Additional Insurance
  • Coaches Education and Travel Fees
  • End Of the Season Party 
  • USA Swimming Registration is included in the registration fee for all currently registered 2024 USA Swimming athletes.

Please note: meet fees are not included in the registration fee. These fees will be assessed upon submission of meet entries during the season.