Swim Team


The Minnechaug Makos Swim Team provides a positive fun experience for all levels of swimmers. We encourage all kids through age 18* to participate (see important notes about age change). No prior swim team experience is necessary.

Any swimmer who is 18 or under as of May 31, 2018 and is a graduating senior from high school in 2018 is eligible.


Our League: Minnechaug competes against CSSL (Connecticut Suburban Swim League) throughout the summer.  The CSSL includes Pinebrook, Saybrook, Middlesex, and Glastonbury.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Andrew Ahlberg will be joining us for his fifth season as head coach.  Andy is a GHS All-American Swimmer. He graduated from University of Iowa where he was named to the Big-10 All-Conference Swim Team.  He returns for his 5th season as Head Coach of the Makos!

Message from Coach Andy - Hello Everyone! I am happy to be returning for another season at Minnechaug this summer! My assistants - Robert Davis and Brynn Campbell - will also be returning from last year. We are very lucky to have such experience and enthusiasm amongst our staff, and I am excited to have them on board for another season! I am also pleased to announce the addition of Spencer Miller to the coaching staff.  Many of the kids know him as he is also a Minnechaug Mako swimmer!  I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces from the Fall/Winter Parks and Rec swim season, as well as returning/new members this summer. I am looking forward to another great season!   Andy

Swim Team Practice Groups/Requirements

Swimmers will be confirmed of practice group assignments before start of practice, however this is generally how the groups are comprised.  

·         Green Group:  Usually around age 5-7 must be able to complete one length of the pool without assistance and show a strong interest in the swim team. Green team members have the option (but are not required) to compete in two home meets during the season.

·        Yellow Group: Intermediate Experienced swimmers (usually around ages 8-10)

o   8 (and under if moved up to yellow) must be able to complete at least one length of the pool in all strokes.

o   9-10 - must be able to complete at least two lengths of the pool in all strokes.

·        Blue Group: Advanced Experienced swimmers (usually around ages 11 and up) must be able to complete at least four lengths of the pool (without stopping) swimming freestyle, as well as be able to perform all of the four strokes.

·        Strokes = freestyle, butterfly, breast stroke, back stroke


Practice Schedule



Day of Week


10:15am – 12:00pm

Monday – Friday


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Monday – Friday


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Makeup for Blue & Yellow Groups (For swimmers who missed morning practice or would like to swim twice a day.)

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday – Thursday

Swimmer Expectations

  • Yellow and Blue Practice Groups should do their best to attend a minimum of 3 practices a week.  
  • Try to participate in at least 5 weeks of the season.
  • Swim in at least 2 meets.
  • If you need an exception for family vacation or summer camp, please inform the coaches prior to your absence.

Family Expectations/Parent Jobs & Expectations

  • Swim Team follows the same rules regarding age requirements for when swimmers can attend practices and meets unaccompanied: No child under the age of 12 shall be permitted on the club premises unless accompanied by a parent or a responsible person designated by the parent that is at least 15 years old.  
  • Parents run the meets.  Families have a 3-meet work commitment - 3 half meets can be spread out over 3 meets or done in fewer meets (i.e. one parent works 2 jobs at 1 meet).  Failure to fulfill this commitment will result in a $50 fine. Job pages will be communicated prior to each meet.

Swim Gear

  • Makos Gear Store  - order your suit (new design this yea!) 
    • Team Suit is highly recommended for swim meets Orders will be shipped to your home.  Once voting for the new suit has been tallied, it will be available on team store by (date coming).
    • Makos swim caps: Generic Makos caps can be can be purchased from Deb McFall or Allison Kaufman for $9 each at practices.
  • Minnechaug Swag.  New options for 2018 plus favorites from 2017.  To keep shipping costs to a minimum, we will offer 3 order periods.  Please see schedule below
    • Orders placed by June 15 = arrive by week of June 18
    • Orders placed by June 29 = arrive by week of July 2

Important Dates/Meet Schedule

Swimmer confirmation requests will be sent 7-10 days prior to each meet.  It will be critical for parents to confirm status of swimmer’s attendance to plan for each meet.

Friday, June 29th – Time Trials,10:30am, Make up’s Monday July 2 - 4:30pm

Tuesday, July 10th – Pinebrook @ Minnechaug

Monday July 16th – WOMP @ Minnechaug (non-scoring all-relay event between the Glastonbury Pool Clubs)

Thursday, July 19th – Minnechaug @ Glastonbury

Tuesday, July 24th – Minnechaug @ Old Saybrook

Wednesday August 1st  – End of Season Party

Saturday, August 4th - CCSL Championships @ Wethersfield High School (Minnechaug Hosted)

Makos Management Team 2017

Andy Ahlberg

Head Coach



Deb McFall

Swim Team Manager



Allison Kaufman

Swim Team Assistant


New to Swim Team?  Click Here for the Parent Guide

2018 Registration and Dues Payment

Swim Team Registration:

Step 1: Register Each Child for Swim Team (submit a registration for each child)

Step 2: Pay Swim Team Dues - you can pay dues once for multiple children via PayPal below

Custom Caps: If you ordered custom caps during registration; please pay by Monday May 28.  Orders will be placed to receive in time for Time Trials.  Because custom caps need to be ordered in bulk, you must register for swim team/place order and pay for caps by Monday May 28.  Please pay for caps using "custom cap order" section below.