AGUA Masters Newsletter
Get to Know Your New AGUA Masters Head Coach, Jim Wu!
Join us for a virtual meeting, and get to know Coach Jim! We will discuss what he wants to accomplish for the team and how you can participate.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 18
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Join here
  • Meeting ID: 822 2586 1600
  • Passcode: 447684
Swimmer Spotlight
Manny Caballero
Lead Masters Coach and Aquatics Office Manager at Battery Park City.

1) How long have you been with AGUA Masters and Asphalt Green?

I just completed my eighth year at Asphalt Green instructing, managing the Swim School program, coaching the AGUA Swim Team, and coaching Masters practices in between.

2) What is your favorite stroke, distance, or race to swim?

Breaststroke — all day, every day! As a runner and cycler at heart, all the credit goes to my leg strength and endurance. Triathlons are my favorite to take part in, and you can count on me swimming breaststroke.

3) When are you normally on deck?

I’m typically on deck at our Battery Park City campus early mornings to early afternoons. Come say hi!

4) What is your favorite AGUA Masters memory?

Definitely pre-pandemic, when there were at least eight swimmers per lane at any given Masters practice. Aside from it sounding like an army of athletes, there was an overwhelming sense of community in numbers which is something I aspire to restore.

5) What do you do for your day job?

I am spearheading the Masters Swim Team as Lead Masters Coach in Battery Park City and managing the Masters private coaching program.

6) What song are you listening to on repeat right now?

"Flash Pose" by Charli XCX and Pablo Vittar.

7) What do you like to do outside of the pool for fun?

You can find me socializing in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, testing my luck in Atlantic City, NJ, or sneaking away to Cancun, Mexico.
Summer is almost upon us!

This means more outdoor activities and opportunities to swim and explore different bodies of water. This also means that our summer pool schedule will be in effect Monday, June 27.

We will send out more information as we get closer to the date and update TeamUnify to reflect the schedule change.
Training Tip
Are you traveling and still have access to a pool? Here is a workout for you to try on your own. No slacking on the intervals!

Please note that these are yard intervals. If you're swimming in meters, add five seconds per 50 intervals. Your swim stroke can be a style of your choice unless otherwise noted.

  • Warm up
  • 300 swim/300 pull/200 kick

  • Pre-set
  • 8x50 at 1:00 / 1:05 / 1:15
  • 1-4 are closed fist
  • 5-8 are distance per stroke
  • 5x100 at 1:30 / 1:45 / 2:00
  • 1-3 are descend to fast
  • 4 is easy
  • 5 is fast

  • Main set
  • Two rounds (Feel free to mix in different strokes, whether the 200s are IM or the 50s are your secondary stroke.)
  • 3x200 at 2:45 / 3:00 / 3:20
  • 100 easy at 2:00
  • 4x50 fast at 1:00
  • 100 easy reset at 2:00

  • Cool down
  • 100 swim/100 kick
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