Duke City Aquatics

Duke City Aquatics


Duke friends. Susie is working hard in the water preparing for National Training Selection Camp. We have a mandatory fundraiser of $1275. If you are able and willing please consider help her out. The donation goes directly to USA Waterpolo and is tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Duke friends. We wanted to reach out to let you know Susie has made the National Training Selection Camp for ODP. There is a mandatory fundraiser that we have 4 weeks left to hit out goal of $1275. If you are able and willing please consider donating using the link included. It is all tax deductible and goes directly to USA waterpolo.

Thank you in advance if you are able to help!

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We are a fabulous year-round swimming and water polo team based in Albuquerq We practice at West Mesa and Highland high schools.

We are a year-round swimming and water polo team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We also offer lessons through our Make A Splash program. We offer novice water polo for children 5-9 through our SplashBall program. We are in the process of setting up our diving program as well! Visit our website at www.dukecityaquatics.com to learn more.

Operating as usual

Girl in the Mirror 10/17/2020

Girl in the Mirror

Vote for the little girl in the mirror...

Girl in the Mirror Girl In the Mirror.The Lincoln Project



For my “kids”


Such a beauty!

Ch ch ch ah ah ah...⁣

The Jewel Box Spider, also known as a Spiny Orb-weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis), is a diminutive spiny spider which might look like a tiny, jewel-encrusted box. It may also resemble a hockey mask wearing stalker who likes to take long walks near the lake. These spiders mainly prey on whiteflies, moths, teenagers, and beetles. Did you hear something? If you are running through the woods, be careful not to predictably trip on nothing and end up in a web of terror! ⁣

What else is crawling around out there? Find out at https://www.nps.gov/foma/learn/nature/insects.htm

Image: Skulltula? A Spiny Orb-weaver, with distinct markings, rests quietly in its web at Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida. NPS/Linda Chandler⁣


Yay! Can’t believe it took so long to get women’s polo in the olympics. Congratulations to all the women on the 2000 team, especially Duke alumnae Heather Moody.

20 years ago today the USA Water Polo Women's Olympic Team team made history, winning a silver medal at the first ever Olympic Games to feature women's water polo. We celebrate this group of women and all the women who came before them who fought for and dreamed of a day when women's water polo would be recognized on the world stage.

Be sure to check out a look back at the 2000 Games with athletes Heather Moody, Julie Swail and Maureen O'Toole alongside Head Coach Guy Baker by visiting: https://youtu.be/7-GMok_2TVI



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We do encourage you to choose yer audience wisely and avoid ending up "looking" like a pirate when the conversation walks the plank. (Remember. Getting too close to bison, or any wildlife, may lead to shivered timbers and loss of b***y.)

Want to know more about pirates and other stories of intrigue at your parks? Then visit (if you dare) https://www.nps.gov/subjects/pirates


How swimming feels after months on break! Bear paddle!!


Hey parents - would a school desk help you define study or class time? Here’s a good deal!

Photos from USA Water Polo's post 08/12/2020

Photos from USA Water Polo's post

Timeline photos 07/25/2020

This team of strong, beautiful girls from JOs last year...missing their might and charm. That whole tourney has the best memories. Thanks Duke girls - you are amazing!


***After an unprecedented 12 weeks off, Duke Barracuda will start tomorrow morning!***
During Phase 1, we are required to have 1 swimmer per lane & comply with all COVID guidelines. We have 5 groups of 6x HS athletes using the pool on a rotating basis in the mornings; 4 groups based on times in the afternoons. So far, every lane we rent has been reserved! We cannot accommodate drop-ins at this time.
During Phase 1, no spectators are allowed in the facility; kids must be dropped off at the NW door & will be questioned & temp monitored for COVID. Everyone must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing - from leaving the car, entering the pool & jumping in the pool, PLEASE FOLLOW 6FT SPACING & WEAR FACE MASKS!
Be on-time and patient with the pool staff and coaches. No showers or deck-changing at the facility. You must arrive in your swim suit with your personal gear. At the end of your workout session, please leave immediately thru NE doors. Do NOT CONGREGATE in the parking lot.
Failure to follow COVID procedures will result in removal so please comply. I imagine the water will feel strange & wonderful - ENJOY!!


USA Water Polo CEO statement on social justice.


Instagram Interview with James Padilla

James Padilla representing NM on AtHome with USWP.


Outrageous 70-step trick shot

Well if you’re bored at home with nothing to do, I suggest you start a new challenge...here’s a little inspiration!


Yah! Let’s go, the water looks fabulous!

Awesome waterpolo venue #6

Bellevue Beach Croatia.


A couple of NEWS items:
Our start date will commence a week after the governor allows gyms to open, tentatively June 8. The staff at WMAC will need a week to prep lifeguards.
We will only have swimming with 1 person per lane and all must adhere to social distancing procedures and other infection prevention measures. No one will be forced to return, there are no negative consequences for Staying Home!
We will have a TEAM ZOOM MEETING on May 19 (Tuesday) at 5:30 PM. in lieu of AG Dryland. Please join us to meet our new Head Coach: Daryl Wells.

Photos from USA Water Polo's post 04/28/2020

Woohoo! Congrats Kalyn!

Timeline photos 04/28/2020

Wow, wow, wow! Kalyn Flores created the winning cap design for USWP/TYR AtHome contest. That’s her second big design win this year!! Awesome!

Can I have one of the caps with your autograph Kalyn?

Photos from Duke City Aquatics's post 04/20/2020

Howdy Folks,
In this ever-changing world in which we live in, I am aim to provide you all with current info regarding events that we host & attend. A couple of DUKE NEWS items:
1) VIRTUAL DRYLAND TRAINING continues M-Th. This is our third week! Please contact me for codes & join us!!
* 13Over from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.
* 12Under from 5:30 - 6:15 PM.

1) The 2020 Mtn Zones Tourney must be postponed, perhaps cancelled. AZ & CO pools will not open until July. Hopefully, this tournament will be moved to later in the year, possibly as late as November. That decision will be made by the end of April.

2) WMAC is closed until May 15, probably later honestly. Therefore, the 2020 Duke Tourney has been postponed until July 31-Aug 2. A final decision on hosting or postponing will be made after the Mtn Zone Tourney is decided.

3) All USA Swimming sanctions have been cancelled thru May. So the Duke Memorial meet is currently scheduled for June 19 (Friday). This will probably be a celebration, but may also be limited to coaches & swimmers. Hopefully, we've got some kiddos in the pool!

4) Saturday DUKE Games - Parents & 12Under can participate in FISHBOWL from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Fishbowl is a combination of games like Password, Charades, etc.

13Over can participate in ZOOM GAMES & DANCING from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM on Saturdays.

Marsh family's Les Miserables 'One Day' coronavirus spoof goes viral 04/01/2020

Marsh family's Les Miserables 'One Day' coronavirus spoof goes viral

Hey Duke families! Are you working on your “piece” for the Talent Show. Don’t procrastinate!

Marsh family's Les Miserables 'One Day' coronavirus spoof goes viral The Marsh family from Kent went viral after adapting 'One Day' from Les Miserables in to a ballad about life during lockdown. Ben Marsh, a lecturer at Kent U...


Ah water polo, miss it so much!


For all the Duke HS kids...first one to BINGO gets free WP ball. Must text me proof of each activity. Will not accept actions prior to today.


Some bingo for your weekend.

Thanks KAP7 International, Inc.


Remote Training 4 - Drills for the home

Some great ideas for polo drills in the house. Please ask your parents before wrecking chaos by breaking an old keepsake that you didn’t think about.

Water Polo Wellness In Challenging Times - USA Water Polo 03/22/2020

Water Polo Wellness In Challenging Times - USA Water Polo

Good info...

Water Polo Wellness In Challenging Times - USA Water Polo Usually, this time of year would be filled with women's NCAA water polo games, the beginning of high school water polo in areas across the country, club water polo games, and gearing up for the Olympics in an Olympic year. But this year is different. The emergence of COVID-19 has challenged our coun...


Howdy Folks,
We made it thru the first week of pool & school closures. Hopefully you've had a chance to catch your breath and enjoy time with your family. The Duke staff definitely hopes every one stays healthy during this break!!

My amazing staff & I truly miss you & your kids, so this week the coaches worked on building GroupMe conversation groups for each of our DCA groups. Looks like PreComp/Dis group is off to a great start with Memes from Coach Thia & suggested YouTube video from Coach Art.
Finally, I am selling new water polo balls from our large inventory in storage. Cost $25 each. Two great reasons to buy a Duke water polo ball
1) The kids can use them to work on passing or as a substitute for a Medicine Ball in dry land routines.
2) It will build up some funds to pay our coaches in April.
Contact me via text if you want one: (505) 249-7725.

10 Thoughts For Water Polo Athletes Missing Competition & Spending More Time At Home - USA Water Polo 03/19/2020

10 Thoughts For Water Polo Athletes Missing Competition & Spending More Time At Home - USA Water Polo

10 Gifts of Now
1. Best time of year to have off because we have time to recover from the last, long season and prepare for a possibly hectic summer season & JOs
2. Focus on forming a new habit - nutrition, meditation, stretching. Implement a new behavior and stick to it.
3. Get ahead on school work while you have the free time to get it done. Put down your phone!
4. Eat healthy...fuel your recovery & strength
5. Meditate, 15 minutes a day. Live from your heart, explore your self and strengthen your intentions.
6. Improve your range of motion - 15 minutes of stretching per day. Complete dry land exercises that focus on core & hips.
7. Improve hand/eye coordination - improve reaction time
8. Play with a ball every day - hand spins, wall ball, pass with a parent or sibling. Keep it interesting and challenging
9. Watch the games on YouTube or USA Water Polo: study great players, goalies, shots, & strategy. Get what works& why it works in your consciousness!
10. Reflect & appreciate. What went well this past season, what can you improve? As you look back, be grateful for all the tournaments & trips in vans with your teammates. It was an awesome year!

10 Thoughts For Water Polo Athletes Missing Competition & Spending More Time At Home - USA Water Polo By Jack Bowen, Author, Water Polo Coach and former National Team athlete


Swimming Duck

After a nice break of recovering from an arduous season, I hope this is how happy the Dukesters feel when we return to the pool!


Fun teacher! Shhhh...I kept teaching my kids during summer break because it was FUN!

Virtual Field Trips 03/15/2020

Virtual Field Trips

Some really cool websites with activities and games for kids!

Virtual Field Trips Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links (Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!) San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot S...


I used to do this with my 3 kids during the summer, so they’d continue learning all year. Or at least reading and doing chores before they got on the computer (before cell phones and tablets).
If you need anything during this time while we all keep “social distance” please ask! If you need FaceTime lessons on fractions (always fun with cabin-fever kids) or proofreads because they’ve written an essay on “Moby Dick”, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Really, if you need eggs or just a voice on the phone, please call. If I don’t have solutions, I know someone who will. We are a tight-knit community that will support anyone in need.

We came across this creative sample schedule from Jessica McHale Photography that may help your family get through the next few weeks.

For more tips on adding structure and skill-building to home life during these uncertain times, check out this morning’s blog: https://nesca-newton.com/making-the-most-of-covid-19-school-closures/


Ok my apologies folks but I just learned the COA is shutting down all pool use immediately.

So no club practices, no HS workouts or games, no swim, no polo, no scuba. No birthday parties. Thru April 15.


We have practice tonight. For those of you with kids that are already bonking off the walls...
HS 4:00-6:00PM. Fun Friday for 12U 4:30-6:00 pm. If some of you grown ups want to swim: 5-6pm.

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