Local swimmers settle in at MH Aquatics Center

Makos swim club meets expected to bring out 150 area
MORGAN HILL – Having already moved their practices to the new Morgan Hill Aquatics Center, the Makos Swim Club had its opening tri-meet on Saturday and will host another July 25.

The meets are expected to draw about 150 swimmers aged 6-18 competing in a variety of individual and relay events.

The team has already been awarded bronze medal status by USA Swimming for the 2004-05 season. The Makos have about 160 local kids on the team this summer, with about 20 more from San Martin, Gilroy and San Jose.

Top swimmers include brothers Thomas Dunn and David Dunn, who have both already qualified for sectionals and have an outside shot at making the Olympic trials.

The team’s July 25 meet is against the Barracuda Aquatics and the Cabrillo Threshers. The Makos will also play host to the Coast Valley Aquatics League Championships Aug. 6-8 at the Aquatics Center.

About 800 swimmers from nine area teams will compete at the three-day event, which includes a trials and a finals session.

The Makos have represented the local community in USA Swimming for more than 41 years. Head coach Edward Toately, who has thirty years of experience coaching swimming and water polo, has the highest coaching certification level possible at level 5.

Tryouts for the Makos swim team, for kids aged five and older, are held Monday through Friday at the Aquatic Center’s 50-meter Olympic-sized pool at 5:30 p.m. The cost ranges from $75 to $90 per month depending upon placement, and annual insurance is required.

For further information about becoming involved with these programs, call the team at 782-0088, or go to www.morganhillmakos.com

In other Aquatics Center-related events this summer:

Morgan Hill Water Polo will host a shooting clinic featuring U.S. Olympic water polo players at the Aquatics Center on June 27.

And, the Morgan Hill Aquatics Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Cool Brews for Cool Pools Festival on July 24 at the Morgan Hill Community Center Amphitheatre.

The event will feature three bands, stand-up comedy, a kids zone, 20 microbreweries, wine tasting, food vendors, and an appearance by SJ Sharkie, the San Jose Sharks’ mascot.

In addition, the Aquatics Foundation is still conducting its donor brick sales program at the Aquatics Center.