A club member of USA Swimming (USA-S), the Mississippi Makos Swim Team seeks to provide instruction, exercise, motivation, and opportunities for competition to individuals of all ages interested in the sport of swimming.


The team is structured to realize the maximum potential of each individual.  The short-term desired outcome - that of fundamental improvement in technique - is accomplished by means of innovative teaching techniques, game and "fun" workouts, coupled with a sportsmanship emphasis.  The long-range goal is for optimum fitness without burnout for swimmers of all ability levels.  Swimmers learn important lessons that prepare them for life as well as swimming:

  • Self-discipline
  • Time management
  • Sportsmanship
  • Goal setting


The Mississippi Makos Swim Team (MMST) was founded in 1991 with only four swimmers and has grown to become a proud state champion with over 150 swimmers on average competiting year-round. The team utilizes two practice facilities run by assistant coaches under the direction of the team’s head coach and parent board. This unique team opportunity enables swimmers of all ages to interact and form friendships with teammates from all over the Central Mississippi area. Parents from Hinds, Madison, Rankin and Simpson counties work together to support the team as volunteers with area businesses providing support as corporate sponsors.


Training sessions are the most important aspect of competitive swimming. Consistent training is needed to progress and improve through the classes of swimmers. Training schedules are designed to provide only slightly more time than is required for a swimmer to accomplish this. It is important that each swimmer attends as many practices as possible in order to derive the full benefits of the program.


The USA Swimming age-group swimming program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for children. Age-group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits.

Physical Development

Swimming is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many physicians and pediatricians.
Why do doctors like it so much?

  • Swimming develops high quality aerobic endurance, the most important key to physical fitness. In other sports, an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful exercise. Age-group swimming teams use every precious minute of practice time developing fitness and teaching skills.
  • Swimming does a better job in proportional muscular development by using all the body’s major muscle groups. No other sport does this as well.
  • Swimming enhances children’s natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by exercising all of their major joints through a full range of motion.
  • Swimming helps develop superior coordinatin because it requires combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace, and fluidity of movement.
  • Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
  • Swimming is a sport that will bring kids fitness and enjoyment for life. Participants in Master’s Swimming programs are still training and racing well into their 80’s.

Intellectual Competence

In addition to physical development, children can develop greater intellectual competence by participating in a guided program of physical activity. Learning and using swimming skills engages the thinking processes. As they learn new techniques, children must develop and plan movement sequences. They improve by exploring new ideas. They learn that greater progress results from using their creative talents. Self-expression can be just as much physical as intellectual. Finally, their accomplishments in learning and using new skills contribute to a stronger self-image.