Jackson Bangert

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Coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Certifications

  • Lifeguard CPR/AED, American Red Cross

Experience

  • 6x Varsity Swimmer (3 years high school, 3 years collegiate)

  • Swim lesson instructor for 3 years @ Edinboro University

  • Head USA Masters coach 1 year

  • 2 years as Day Care Employee @ Cleveland Clinic - Akron General


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Creative.

FAVORITE STROKE

Butterfly.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I run a photography business on the weekends.

  • I enjoy extreme sports such as cliff diving & snowboarding.

  • I love the outdoors and camping.

  • I have more family in Europe that in America.

  • My birthday is September 7th, my sister’s birthday is September 17th, and my grandads birthday is September 27th.

FAVORITE QUOTE

"Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else."

Swimming really impacted my life and created a passion for participating and for teaching the sport to others. As I further pursue my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science I am knowledgeable in biomechanics and believe that good coaching and instruction is important to how people feel in the water.

As a daycare worker for the Cleveland Clinic I was responsible for ensuring the safety of the kids and entertaining them with varies activities, including daily swimming lessons.

Madeline Bartley

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coaching Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Certifications

  • American Red Cross WSI

  • American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

EXPERIENCE

  • Learn to Swim instructor since 2008

  • 4 years as Assistant Swim Coach (High School & Age Group) in Forest Grove, Oregon

  • Competitive age-group swimmer for 6 years


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Patient

FAVORITE STROKE

Everything except Breaststroke 😜

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • In January of 2019 I became a mom for the first time after giving birth to my daughter Aria.

  • In High School I ran Cross Country for 3 years, and Track for 1. It was when I was participating in track that I really understood I was more coordinated in the water!

  • I thoroughly enjoy going to the dentist

  • I have been married to my husband John for 6 years, and I would be lost without him. He is the creative one in our relationship, and makes life fun!

  • Coaching runs in the family; my brother is a swim coach out on the West Coast working at San Diego State University. 

FAVORITE QUOTE

“As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.”

- Proverbs 27:19

Hi there! My name is Madeline Bartley and I joined the Liquid Lifestyles team of coaches in June of 2016. I am originally from Forest Grove - a small town near Portland, Oregon - where I started swimming at a very young age. I swam competitively on the local swim team for 6 years before heading off to a small school in Missouri called Cottey College. After I moved back to Oregon, I realized that I loved helping people learn how to swim and feel comfortable in the water, so I decided to pursue coaching on a more professional level. I really enjoyed my time working at the local aquatic center as a swim lesson instructor, assistant Swim Club coach, and assistant High School coach.

When my husband and I decided to move across the country to Cleveland I was excited to be able to continue doing what I love doing most with Liquid Lifestyles. Liquid Lifestyles has such a great vision for teaching even the most novice of swimmers how to swim smarter and more efficiently. I am proud to work with all of the other coaches here who share that vision. Helping people learn how to swim or just improve their swimming and also develop a better relationship to the water is something I love doing; I am so blessed to have this as my job!

My hobbies include: Hiking, cooking, watching movies, taking pictures, swimming (of course), crocheting, painting, singing, and cuddling with my dog.

Lea Bastulli

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Red Cross WSI

  • Red Cross Lifeguard

EXPERIENCE

  • Competitive swimmer for 9 years

  • Assistant Swim Coach (2016-2017 Summer League)


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Devoted.

FAVORITE STROKE

Butterfly

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I have gone to Walt Disney World every year or every two/three years since I was 10 months old. Just call me a Disney Parks professional!

  • I don’t have tears (the 7th nerve in both my eyes were completely dead when I was born).

  • I’ve known every word of The Ohio State University’s alma mater and fight song since I was seven years old.

  • I am basically a human ESPN app (I have an extensive knowledge of all things sports).

  • Other than going to Disney, beach vacations are always my favorite. I’ve always loved water sports, surf shops and everything beach related. Plus, it gives me an excuse to skimboard and listen to Reggae.

favorite quote

“Winners are not people who never fail, they’re people who never quit.”

- Brooke Ence

Where it all began…

Me, far left, taking swim lessons from Liquid Lifestyles (2003)

Me, far left, taking swim lessons from Liquid Lifestyles (2003)

My journey began back in 2003 when I first started taking swim lessons from Leah Nyikes in her parents’ back yard pool. This was the start of one of the most influential athletic experiences of my life. As I continued to take swim lessons from Leah, her knowledge and confidence definitely rubbed off on me. I truly looked up to Leah for this reason.  

A few years later…

I began swimming competitively from age eight to 16 at Lakewood Country Club. After I aged out of country club swim team I started teaching swim lessons at Bay Village Family Aquatic Center (BVFAC) from 2016-2018. I also coached swim team from 2016-2017 at BVFAC. While coaching it is such an amazing thing to watch swimmers gain confidence in their skills (especially when a “light-bulb” moment happens). Moments like these make me realize that I truly have a passion for coaching.

I graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2018 with a BA in Strategic Communications (Marketing/Even Planning) and Business Administration. I didn’t have a job lined up after graduation so my cousin Eric Maynard recommended I look into Liquid Lifestyles. I knew I wanted to continue to coach in some capacity so I applied to Liquid Lifestyles and the rest is history.

My hobbies include: CrossFit, swimming, attending Broadway musicals, sporting events, and concerts, continuing to build/learn skills on my drum set and trying different coffee shops no matter where I am in the world. 

Leah Bencivengo

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children

  • Spanish curriculum

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard

EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years Coaching Experience

  • Spanish Language Education (2009-present)

  • Competitive Swimmer (2008-2013)


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Perceptive.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breastroke, but I’m a distance swimmer at heart.

5 fun facts ABOUT ME

  • For the past year I have volunteered for an animal rescue that specializes in cats, and have 3 kitty babies of my own.

  • I often watch shows in different languages and sometimes even pick up a few new words.

  • Speaking of different languages, my phone, computer, and t.v. subtitles are all always in Spanish.

  • My fireplace burns 24/7 once the weather drops below 50 degrees, I hate being cold!

  • I’ve been practicing yoga for about 4 years, but also enjoy lifting weights, and of course, swimming!

FAVORITE QUOTE

“…usus communis aquarum est / nec solem proprium natura nec aera fecit / nec tenues undas ad publica munera veni”

TRANSLATION: “The use of water is a right to all / Nature did not make the sun nor air to one person / Nor the slender waves of water; this common right I seek”

- Ovid; Metamorphoses, Book VI 349-51

I began my swimming journey in the early 2000’s by taking swim lessons at my community pool, and in 2008, I joined my first competitive summer recreation swim team. From 2009 - 2013, I swam competitively for North Olmsted High School.  During that time, I was also a swimming instructor for my local pool. I graduated from John Carroll University in May 2017 with a degree majored in Classical Languages and minored in Spanish. 

After teaching from 2009-2016, I was lucky enough to be hired on as a coach for Liquid Lifestyles. Liquid Lifestyles’ lessons are unlike any lessons I have ever taught before. The program is absolutely amazing, and the children I coach quickly become proficient in their swimming skills. My expertise with Baby Bubbles 1 and 2, as well as Liquid Bubbles 1, 2, and 3 curricula makes it simple for me to see the importance of each skill. My classes are filled with fun and energy to encourage children to be comfortable and enjoy their time in the water!

My mission is to help children grow in confidence for both swimming and everyday life. I love encouraging swimmers to challenge themselves and believe in their own capabilities. The progression of an anxious beginner is one of my favorite things to witness. To see a child who might have spent the first two lessons crying come to the third lesson with a smile on his or her face and an eagerness to swim is thrilling!

If you are interested in lessons fully in Spanish, or lessons that incorporate learning Spanish, let me know! I love combining my passion for languages with my passion for coaching.

Nina Bencivengo

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Coaching Specialty

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Lifeguard CPR/AED, American Red Cross

Experience

  • Learn to swim instructor since 2016


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Persistent.

FAVORITE STROKE

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • Music is a huge part of my life. I have been playing the trumpet for 8 years.

  • I love going on little “adventures” to the Metroparks or the beach with my friends to hike or swim.

  • My big sister works with me at Liquid Lifestyles.

  • Although I am allergic to cats, I am constantly petting or playing with a cat. I love dogs too!

  • I am currently attending Cleveland State University and majoring in Chemical Engineering.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The time that you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

- Bertrand Russel

It was back in 2006 when my parents signed me up for swimming lessons at our local recreation center. They did not realize how big of an impact it would have on me. A couple of years after taking swim lessons, I started swimming competitively for the recreation center’s summer swim team. My junior year of high school, I applied to teach lessons at the same place where I took them myself, and that same year, I received my lifeguard certification and started lifeguarding.

During my time teaching swim lessons, I realized how rewarding it is to help the kiddos learn to swim or improve their skills. Swimming is one of the most important skills anyone can learn and to have the opportunity to provide people with the help they need to obtain that skill is incredible! I am so lucky to be able to continue instructing with some of the best coaches around and improve my instructing at Liquid Lifestyles.

Matt Benedict

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coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Adults

  • Triathlon & Open Water


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It feels like just yesterday when I signed up for my first triathlon. I was confident I'd finish if I could just get out there and log some swimming hours. So there I was, day after day, in the nice calm, clear water of the pool. I swam 100 meters without stopping. Then 200 meters. Soon, I made it up to 800 meters and thought "now I'm ready for my first sprint triathlon." Problem was, I had not practiced in open water so as race day approached I decided to compete in the kayak division of the race. Everything went smoothly and I was hooked, but I had to figure out the swimming part. The very next day I found myself searching the internet for a solution. I found Liquid Lifestyles and booked my initial consultation. After a half a dozen private lessons in the pool and open water, I completed my first sprint triathlon. From that moment on I was addicted. Not only to triathlons, but to swimming as well. I continued to grow such a love for swimming that I found myself swimming twice a day. I would attend Liquid 'N Durance Lite on a Monday night, Liquid 'N Durance on Tuesday morning, and also attend a private lesson later that day. As my passion for swimming grew, so did my involvement with my son's swim team. It didn't take long to discover a deep desire to teach others and pursue coaching. I had the opportunity to work as an assistant coach for the Lake County YMCA West End Wildcats where I further developed a passion for coaching. I now hope to inspire Liquid Lifestyles clients the way I was inspired as a client. 

In addition to coaching, I'm also a career firefighter/paramedic in the Cleveland area. When I'm not working, I enjoy multiple outdoor activities and continue to train regularly and compete in races. Swimming, triathlon, mountain biking, trail running, and whitewater kayaking are some of my favorites.

Whether you are looking to feel comfortable in and/or around the water, preparing for your very first triathlon, or you're an experienced athlete looking to fine tune your stroke before your next big race, I would love to help you archive your goals!

Mitch Berman

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Competitive: High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water


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Manny Bloch

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Coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Certifications

  • ROTC Leadership Training

  • Eagle Scout

Experience

  • 12 years Competitive Swimmer / 4x Varsity @ Copley High School / 1 year Team Captain

  • Collegiate Swimmer Division 1 / 3x Varsity @ Virginia Military Institute / 1 year Team Captain

  • Revere High School: Assistant Coach 2018-2019 / Head Coach 2019-present

  • Learn to Swim Instructor for 4 years


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Invested.

FAVORITE STROKE

Backstroke. It’s the only stroke that lets me look at the people next to me and make funny faces at them, and I feel like an otter when I do it.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I marched in the 2016 presidential parade as a cadet.

  • I was born in California.

  • I have swam in Michael Phelps’ home pool.

  • My greatest fear is turkeys. 🦃

  • I have played rugby against the U.S. Army Ranger's team and for the marines at Camp Pendleton.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

- Oogway, Kung Fu Panda

I started swimming at an early age… after I jumped into a pond. My mother, after saving my life, yelled at me “YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM,” and that is what started my swimming career. I passed Copley's level 1-4 program then decided I had enough and quit. Little did I know that this would lead to my little brother to joining the Water Warriors, Copley's swim youth team. After a year of sitting in the stands and watching my brother, my mom once again decided that I would have a better time actually in the pool than out of it. And the rest is history.

            At the age of 10 I began swimming for the Water Warriors. I did not enjoy the sport until I hit my growth spurt at the age of 13. I became a lean, mean, swimming machine… I am joking, I was very skinny. I became the top male swimmer on the team, and looked excitedly towards my high school swimming career. I swam varsity at Copley High School all four year but unfortunately missed States with my 200 Free relay team by .4 seconds! However, swimming was not the only thing I did in High School. I received my Eagle Scout rank, and I was very involved in my local youth group. At the same time I also taught swim lessons, and life-guarded at Copley's pool. My swim career would later get me into the Virginia Military Institute.

            I was recruited to swim for the Virginia Military institute, or VMI, my senior year of high school. For those that do not know what VMI is, or its history, it’s one of the oldest and toughest military schools in the nation. I had to learn how to assimilate into this new culture, and how to balance it with swimming. It was hard and I made mistakes, but the friends and experiences I made, have made me a better person. I graduated with a B.A. In International Studies, and made the varsity team for 3 years of my cadetship.

            It was from VMI that I learned how much I loved to coach. My senior year I was a captain on VMI's swim team, and I was involved in training the incoming freshmen. My responsibility was to help train them and make sure they and their cadre followed regulations. My responsibility on the swim team was to help maintain the discipline and morale of the team. Both of these experiences were challenging but I loved both of them. Because of these experiences I volunteered to be the assistant coach of Revere's high school team, and become involved with Liquid Lifestyles.  

Joe Chamberlain

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group


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Shannon Cogan

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Specialty:

  • Age Group & Competitive Swimmers

  • Adult 4-Stroke

  • Adult Freestyle

Certifications:

  • Liquid Lifestyles®

  • USA Swimming Registered Coach

Experience: Assistant coach past 3 years for club swim team, working with age group & competitive swimmers


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Mike Cousino

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Experienced Triathlete and Liquid Lifestyles Coach Since 2005

COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Adult Freestyle

  • Triathlon & Open Water

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Total Immersion™

  • NSPF® Certified Pool & Spa Operator®

Experience

  • 70+ Triathlons: Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 & 140.6

  • Liquid Lifestyles® Coach since 2005


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Methodical

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • My wife and I were born 36 hours apart in the same hospital. We didn’t officially meet until we were sixteen. We married in 1992.

  • Before joining Liquid Lifestyles as a partner, I was a serial entrepreneur who failed miserably on my first attempt: an outdoor adventure and kayak retailer. From the ashes of that misadventure, I built a successful sports sales and marketing agency. After selling that company, I launched a sports nutrition e-commerce business, ran it for 8 years and sold it upon acquiring a sports nutrition manufacturer out of Canada.

  • My garage looks like a bike shop. I have six bikes: two road bikes, a time-trial bike, a cyclocross bike, a fat tire bike, and a tandem. My son has 4 bikes and my wife has 2. The optimum number of bikes to own is N+1 with “n” being the number of bikes you currently own. Next on my shopping list is a mountain bike.

  • I am an avid photographer and began my journey working in a camera store in college. I started with film based SLRs and transitioned to digital in 2001, eventually migrating to DSLRs. I own just about as many cameras, lenses and drones as I do bicycles. All of the artwork in our home is my photography and I took many of the images on Liquid Lifestyles’ website and social media.

  • I have ridden several self supported bike tours: Venice, Italy to Innsbruck, Austria (2001), Maryland to Tennessee along Skyline Drive & The Blue Ridge Parkway (2009) and rode around Lake Erie (2010). My son and I are planning on riding our Fat Bikes from Calgary to Denver along the Continental Divide Trail when he graduates from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2019.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains”. - Steve Jobs

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” - Unknown

Our attitude calibrates our reality” - Mike Cousino

Never put a short term goal ahead of a long term goal.” - Mike Cousino

When I did my first triathlon in 1991 I, like so many others, struggled to get through the swim. Back then my training plan was to just go to the pool and swim yards. The more the better and the harder the better, or so I thought. After several years of this strategy, I was experiencing a modest level of success relative to how I started. When I was introduced to Liquid Lifestyles through a triathlon swim group, circa 2004, I was hesitant. I reluctantly did the prescribed drills during practice and questioned the concepts and new focal points. I actually felt like I was going slower in the water until we started timing our sets. It was only then that I learned I was actually going faster with less effort! I was hooked. I trained with Liquid Lifestyles for a number of years with an entirely new mindset – one that was focused, critical and embraced the concepts that once seemed so counter-intuitive. My personal swimming experience has been incredibly rewarding since then and I’m excited to share the process of smart training and smart swimming with others. Since 2009 I’ve had the rewarding experience to assist at weekend workshops, open water clinics and offering private lessons to recreational swimmers, triathletes and beginners of all backgrounds and ability levels.

I have competed in over 70 triathlons (and counting) - everything from sprint distance to 140.6 full distance triathlons. Whether you are just getting started or stepping up to your first Half or Full Ironman I can help you reach your swimming goals and PR in any distance.

I shaved 15-20 seconds off my typical 100 yard time using “drive” and “flicking gum off my foot!” So awesome to be back in the pool with you! You always manage to put the pieces of the puzzle together in a manner that I can understand! Thank you!!
— Lisa S.

Vanja Dezelic

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Experience

  • Age Group, High School and Collegiate swimmer.

  • 4 year All-American at NCAA Div II Nationals.

  • Competed in many national and international meets in Europe and USA.

  • Head Age group coach for HEAT and CFYN Tigersharks.

  • Lake Erie coach for Open Water Team.


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Vanja was born in Zagreb, Croatia. His love for swimming began from and early age of 3, but Vanja started swimming competitively at age 10.  He became Croatian National Champion in 200m, 400m and 1500m both short course and long course for 11-12, 13-14 and 15&O age group.  As a member of Croatian National Swim Team, Vanja competed at Youth Olympic Days, European Junior Championships, Mediterranean Games and many dual meets between Croatia and other European countries. 

After arriving in US, as a High School swimmer, Vanja earned North Dakota state championship titles in 200 and 500 free and 200 medley relay as a butterfly leg. During college, Vanja was a National Team Member for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) swim team and competed at NCAA Division II Nationals every year. He earned All-America Awards for 800 free relay as well as the individual All-America in 500 and 1650 yard free. in 2014 Vanja was inducted to Missouri S&T Sports Hall of Fame. Within all swimming accomplishments, Vanja earned his Doctorate in Mining Engineering and Geophysics and has worked in Earth Science field.

Vanja's coaching and teaching specialty are age group swimmers as well as adults . He loves teaching all strokes in the pool environments as well as open water swimming. All levels of swimmers are welcome, as Vanja enjoys teaching the art of swimming to all. His ultimate goal and favorite thing about coaching,  is for people to enjoy the water and feel comfortable. Besides teaching swimming with Liquid Lifestyles Vanja isHead Coach for the CFYN Tigersharks Swim Team in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Other than coaching, Vanja loves to spend time with his family, dogs and friends, hiking and traveling.  

Monica Durica

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross WSI

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard

EXPERIENCE

  • 13+ years as learn-to-swim instructor with 8 years as an Aquatic Supervisor

  • 14+ years Lifeguard

  • Elementary School Counselor (K-8)


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Passionate.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke 

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I’ve been skydiving in San Diego, California.

  • I lived in Houston, Texas for a year and a half.

  • I attended a volunteer/mission trip in Guatemala while serving the children at Casa Bernabe Orphanage. (I cannot wait to go back someday!)

  • I have 3 cats (Princess Mea, Riley Jane & Mango) and one dog (Aubree Sadie)

  • I trained as a figure skater for 7 years and have been practicing yoga for about 2 years.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“I treated it like everyday was my last day with a basketball”

- Lebron James

I began my swimming journey in the early 90’s. My mom told me that as a baby, I could not wait to take swimming lessons at the West park YMCA. She has always described me as a fish and a water baby. I absolutely loved spending my Friday nights at family swim and summers at the beach and in the pool. 

When I was 16 years-old, I decided to become a certified lifeguard and water safety instructor. I have worked and supervised at several local pools for the past 14 years. In 2012, I graduated from Notre Dame College with my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. 

About four years ago, I met Coach Leah Nyikes at one of the pools I used to lifeguard and supervise at. I was so very blessed and excited to join the team and started teaching Liquid Bubbles classes. I took a break from coaching while pursuing my Masters degree. I graduated from the University of Akron with a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling in 2016. 

I enjoy working with all swimmers especially beginners and young swimmers while encouraging them through challenges and conquering their fears. It is my passion to help individuals develop their swimming skills while gaining self-confidence.

My favorite part about school counseling (and coaching) is helping children achieve personal success, while increasing self-esteem and developing their talents. My passion is helping learn children relaxation skills, deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation while reducing anxiety and fears.

Sarah Haley

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Coaching Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

Certifications

  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguarding

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Exercise Science and Psychology

Experience

  • Spent 6 years as a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Instructor

  • Assistant Swim Team Coach since 2016

  • 13 years of competitive swimming experience , including Rec League, YMCA, USA Club, OHSAA, and NCAA Division 3

  • Children’s Church teacher since 2016


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GET TO KNOW COACH SARAH

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Enthusiastic

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke – because it rhymes with “best stroke!”

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  •  I took one year of the Gaelic language in high school.

  • I was the only swimmer on my high school team during the years I competed.

  • As a biology major in college, I took a class all about bugs and collected 40 different bugs with a giant butterfly net to use in a project.

  • I also like land sports: I've played a lot of volleyball and ran in the Pittsburgh marathon relay twice!

  • I love my dog Daisy May--she only weighs 6 pounds and is white and fluffy, but thinks she's a tough guard dog.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

- Theologian Frederick Buechner

I started my swimming career when my mom brought me to our neighborhood pool day after day in the summer. I started swim lessons at that same pool, and would love to watch the “cool big kids” get in the water for swim team practice after I finished my lessons. Pretty soon, I had joined the team myself, and fell in love with the sport of swimming even though that small recreation team lost every single meet except for one my first season. Although I was so excited to swim for a second summer, an unfortunate fall down a driveway on a scooter left me with two broken fingers and kept me out of the water for most of the summer…so I discovered winter swimming, and never looked back. As I grew up, I got to compete for my YMCA, USA club teams, my high school, and eventually for Grove City College’s NCAA Division 3 swimming and diving program. I competed in breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle events, and loved trying new events and ways of training. As I kept swimming, season after season, my love for the sport and the new challenging levels of training I experienced grew, and I dreamed of working with young swimmers who loved the sport like I did. As soon as I was old enough, I received my lifeguarding certification so I could teach swim lessons at my local pool. I loved working with athletes in a competitive setting as well, so after my freshman year of college I sought out my first coaching job, and found a place working with swimmers on the same recreational team that gave me my start.

Swimming taught me much more than just how to swim butterfly, how to pace a 400 IM, and to do a proper racing start off the blocks. Swimming taught me to overcome my fears of things like learning to dive or swimming a race again after it had gone badly. Swimming taught me how to keep working hard even when my goals seemed out of reach, and it taught me how to do hard things and persevere. It gave me an outlet to relieve stress from homework and an otherwise busy schedule, and it let me learn new skills and reach new limits that I never thought were possible. The highs and lows of my swimming career showed me that there is way more to sports than just winning a game or meet or race, and I am very passionate about sharing the amazing gift of swimming with others. I want others to be able to learn the same things I have about swimming, and see how the sport can help them to grow and learn new things about themselves. I love that I can share the love of the sport with anyone, at any level, and I find so much joy in coaching others to love the sport of swimming and grow through the challenges and victories it presents.

 

-Sarah Haley

Victoria Luma

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross

  • Lifeguard certified 

  • CATCH kids club

EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years of competitive swimming

  • 4+ years of Triathlons: Sprints, Olympics, 70.3, and 140.6

  • High School swim instructor (2011-2015)


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Driven.

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle, only because I love distance swimming!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am currently pursuing a degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Akron.

  • I love spending my free time reading and completing 1000+ piece puzzles.

  • I have completed three marathons and would choose to race another marathon over a 5k!

  • Elephants are my favorite animal!

  • I have too many pairs of shoes to count and still continue to buy more.

Favorite Quote:

“One way to make the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure” 

- William Feather

I first learned to swim around the age of 5 where my mom put me in swim lessons run by my high school, near Sandusky, OH. Once I moved through all the progressions my mom noticed my love for swimming and had me join the schools swim team! From there I was a part of summer swim clubs and my junior high and high school swim team where my main events included the 200 IM and the 500 Free. During my high school years, I was a swim instructor for Margaretta high school where I taught kids aged 3-15 years old.

Once I started school at The University of Akron, I joined the triathlon club and fell in love with competing in different distance races! In the past four years I have completed many sprints, Olympics, 70.3’s and a 140.6 distance triathlon. I will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a degree in dietetics and nutrition where I hope to work with athletes to help them improve their performance through nutrition!

I love learning new things and sharing my knowledge with others which is why I decided to apply for a coaching position with Liquid Lifestyles. I believe it is important to feel comfortable and safe in the water and I am determined to help anyone I can to ensure they feel the same way and help them reach any goals big or small!

Eric Maynard

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coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke


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Marisa Melchior

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Experience

  • I swam competitively at Euclid High School and then at Wright State University. 

  • I have been coaching since 2014 at Five Seasons swim club, Kettering YMCA and Magnificat High School.

  • Before joining Liquid Lifestyles®, I was the Learn-to-Swim Director at the City of Wickliffe. 


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Positive

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle - I was a distance freestyler so we got to know each other very well 😃

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am an Interior Designer.

  • My favorite place to be is a beach.

  • I'm a terrible cook.

  • I have a Fine Art degree in Painting and landscapes are my favorite subject matter.

  • Giraffes are my favorite animal. 

FAVORITE QUOTES

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” - Norman Vincent Peale 

The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." - Pierre de Courbertin

Swimming has always been a huge part of my life and being a coach is the perfect way to continue staying involved in this beautiful sport. I've loved water ever since I can remember. I was a synchronized swimmer for 7 years before starting competitive swimming in high school. Swimming in high school turned into swimming in college at Wright State University. During college I taught swim lessons both at school and during the summers. After graduating I started coaching a YMCA team in Dayton. When I moved back to Cleveland I began coaching for a USA club team, and then eventually took an assistant coaching position for Magnificat High School and Liquid Lifestyles. Its the perfect mix of clients for me and I truly enjoy every lesson and practice! 

Justin Mesker

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COACHING Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children


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I wanted to let you know how happy we are with the lessons Justin has given. My daughter was a complete non-swimmer and the amount of growth she has made in such a short time is remarkable! He makes her feel so comfortable and encouraged. We are so pleased and would recommend Liquid Lifestyles to anyone looking for a swim program.
— Jen S.
In just a few short months with Justin, our children have gained an enormous amount of confidence in the water, and developed the base they need to become proficient swimmers. He’s made each step in the process fun for them. They’re proud of their accomplishments and look forward to tackling the next challenge, rather than feeling intimidated and anxious. They love learning with Justin, and eagerly look forward to lessons each week.
— Erika M.

Joy Nowels

Specialty:

  • B.S. in Biology & Education

  • Personal Training Certificate

  • AEA Aquatic Fitness

Certifications:

  • Professional Certification

  • Arthritis Foundation Certification – Land & Aquatics

  • Ai Chi Instructor

  • American Heart Association CPR & AED

Experience:

  • Rehab Exercise Specialist/Personal Trainer

  • Assistant Age Group Swim

  • Coach Springboard Diving

  • Instructor/Coach

  • Swim Instructor

  • Former Home School Mom


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Ten years ago, a serious car accident left me in a wheelchair for 3 ½ months but lead me back to the water. Always part fish, I learned to swim in a lake.  I competed in age group programs and then in college while adding springboard diving - just for fun.  It was a delight teaching my own kids to swim and dive and watching them compete in Cleveland triathlons as teams, but as a busy mom, I rarely got in the water. 

 Then came the accident.  To learn to walk again my first steps were in a pool!  On days when we didn’t have physical therapy, my daughter, also injured in the accident, and I would join the Arthritis Class at the local YMCA.  Amazed by the progress and strength we gained, I set out to become that someone who could direct and encourage others who need water therapy.

 Now as a personal trainer, I come alongside others in their rehabilitation journeys after injury or illness or surgery.  I love how inspiring my clients are as they work hard in the warm water to regain and maintain their fitness.  In addition to rehab clients, it’s a joy to be able to impart the love of swimming to kids and adults.  From swimmers just starting out, to competitive athletes, their progress and “ah-ha” moments put a smile on my face.  I am excited to join Liquid Lifestyles and see real progress by using tried and true techniques honed over the years by Leah and her team.

My three children are scattered across America, so my husband and I love to travel and visit them.  We have a small farm with a pet goat and two cats, and a big garden.  Besides being outdoors, there is nothing better than curling up by the fire and reading a good book while the snow swirls around us in the snowbelt. 

              Thank you for the privilege of coaching your child to love the water.  Hope to see you soon!

Leah Nyikes

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coaching SPECIALTY

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Total Immersion™ Master Coach

  • USMS Master Coach Level II

experience

  • Owner and coach of Swimming by Design™ (1997-2008) & Liquid Lifestyles® (2008-present)

  • Directed 100+ weekend swim clinics across the country as a Master Coach and Regional Director for Total Immersion™ (2004-2016)

  • 18+ yrs as a competitive swimmer / High School state qualifier (2000)


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Thorough.

favorite stroke

Backstroke. You can breath whenever you want!

5 fun facts ABOUT ME

  • I LOVE food (most swimmers do!), but am not much of a cook. With that being said, I have a “hands-off” role as the co-owner of 3 local food trucks. @Smokin’ Rock n’ Roll

  • Home remodeling, interior design, landscaping and power tools are my creative escape. I enjoy both large-scale and small-scale DIY projects and my house is constantly under some sort of home renovation undertaking. Asking for a drill press or Dremel for Christmas would be not be out of the ordinary.

  • If I had an hour to do anything I would probably find something to organize or clean. Except laundry. With 3 young boys, laundry is my kryptonite. No matter what I do there’s always still a pile.

  • My first and last triathlon was when I was 14. Mermaids aren’t very good at land activities.

  • I held an Avon Lake HS record in the 200 IM for over 17 years with a time of 2:22.53.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The grass is greener where you water it.”

- Neil Barringham

Growing up “fishlike”

Swimming will always be a cornerstone of who I am. At the age of seven I joined the local swim team and excelled in the freestyle and backstroke events. The reality of bringing home a medal at the YMCA State Championships that first year was enough to get me hooked. I dedicated myself to the sport for the next eleven years. As a result of quality coaching and exceptional skill-based training I experienced the excitement of competing in the Ohio high-school state championships, winning conference titles, and setting high-school records.

My most influential swimming experiences developed under the direction of two prominent Total Immersion head coaches, Gary Fahey and Gene Mills. Their extensive knowledge of the sport, cutting-edge technique training, and thought-provoking practices were the impetus in my desire to succeed and subsequently coach years later. Despite our less-than-ideal training conditions; a pool that’s water was murky at best, temperatures that fluctuated daily, and air that hung low and thick, our coaches taught us how to find inspiration in ourselves and turn weaknesses into competitive strengths. The “Last Resort,” as we called it, became our experimental lab for developing new techniques, drills and kinesthetic awareness. Most importantly, we were encouraged to work with our teammates daily. We tested, analyzed and creatively communicated with each other new ideas –constantly in pursuit of a competitive advantage. Never settling with “good enough” our team soon dominated the local swim scene.

Solving swimming mysteries one student at a time

At the age of fourteen I volunteered as an assistant coach on our local summer rec. team. Using the core principles of self-discipline, responsibility and patience we explored innovative solutions to solving some of swimming’s most puzzling questions. The following year I experimented with these non-traditional training techniques privately, offering lessons to children that required more specific, goal-oriented instruction. By the third summer my parent’s backyard pool had become the local hub for summer swimming lessons. Happy children and pleased parents spread the word quickly and it wasn’t long before I was averaging 45 hours per week of private lessons and loving every minute of it.

After graduating from Miami University in 2004 with a degree in architecture, I announced my profound desire and dedication to swimming and pursued a full-time career in coaching. Collaborating with Total Immersion’s founder, Terry Laughlin, I was invited to become a licensed instructor of their internationally renowned training techniques and assumed the position of Regional Director in the Midwest. From Seattle to Dallas from New York to San Juan, I’ve worked side-by side with some of the nation’s best coaches while exchanging ideas and continually learning unique methods for improvement.

Discover your hidden talents!

To have discovered a career path so early in life that I can embrace with enthusiasm each day is very fortunate. It’s exciting and rewarding to work with swimmers of all ages and ability levels; students from non-competitive backgrounds, multi-sport athletes, adults with water phobia and children just learning their ABC’s. I find the teacher-student symbiotic relationship enlightening; continually awakened and constantly intrigued by the various learning styles of individuals. There is never a shortage of new questions and coaching challenges, however, with well-guided swimming advice, a bit of intuition and a willingness to investigate together we will find uniquely creative solutions to solving YOUR swimming obstacles.

Your swimming goals are attainable! Believe in yourself and anything is possible!