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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” - Ovid; Metamorphoses, Book VI 349-51

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”

“Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.” - Hasbro

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.


Coach Leah Bencivengo is THE ABSOLUTE BEST COACH EVER. She is the sole reason we kept coming back. She is amazing with our daughter, and we can’t say enough good things about her.
— Amanda Q.
On a side note, we are on vacation this week and Olivia is jumping in the pool, turning and swimming to the wall completely independently! Literally everyone was coming up to us on vacation and commenting about how amazing it was that she was doing so well in the water and so young! It is absolutely amazing and a truly all because of the lessons with Liquid Lifestyles! I can’t wait for you to see her at her next lesson! She’s even swimming, taking a breath, and then swimming further if she is too far from the wall still! It’s so amazing!!!! Thank you!!!
— Happy Mom

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

  • Babysitting since 2015


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Persistent.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke.

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.

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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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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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! 

When I started working with Coach Marisa, I had been swimming for over a year and but I did not fell like a swimmer. Since i’ve been working with Coach Marisa, I feel like a swimmer. She has fine tuned my technique and is patiently correcting my bad habits. There is still work to be done and I am sticking with Coach Marisa!
— Cheryl W.

Justin Mesker

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COACHING Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children


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GET TO KNOW COACH JUSTIN


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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GET TO KNOW COACH JOY

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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GET TO KNOW COACH LEAH

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!

Joy Presley

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Special Needs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CPR/First Aid/AED

  • PAP certified (Pupil Activity Permit for Coaches)

Experience

  • 20+ years swim coach and private lesson instructor / Developed LTS program for USA Club Program

  • Assistant High School Coach (6 years)

  • BA in Elementary Education / Taught grades 2-4 and several years of preschool experience

  • Director of a Daycare and Director of education for an after school learning program.


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GET TO KNOW COACH JOY

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Caring.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke. I swam it, all 3 of my girls swim it, and I love when it finally clicks for a new swimmer I am teaching it to.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I have visited 44 of the 50 states + DC

  • I have lived in Ohio twice, Indiana twice, KY twice, MI and MA.

  • I did my first mile swim when I was 8.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but better than I used to be."

- Dr Wayne Dyer

"Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear."

- George Addair 

"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

- Roy T. Bennett


* Sending quotes to my kids, their friends and past swimmers I coached is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it is championship season for any sport they participate in... 

I love swimming. I love everything about it...teaching it to beginners, coaching it, watching it, and especially cheering for my three daughters, that all do it competitively, and cheering for all the great swimmers I've had an opportunity to work with and see at meets throughout the year.  Swimming has always been connected to the best friendships I've had.  Lifelong friendships that started when I started swimming at age 6, friendships with former swimmers I've coached, and adult friendships that started sitting at a pool watching our kids compete.  I truly love teaching kids to swim and feel blessed I get to do what I love everyday!

Thank you, Joy!

(Sidebar: Scarlett and I went to Lowe’s on Friday and, of course, all the Christmas decorations are up. She was SO excited to see your name EVERYWHERE and pushed hard to get my husband to buy a 6’ lighted JOY sign for our front yard. Unfortunately, it was $700.)

Happy Thanksgiving!
— Happy Family

Summer Stearns

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

Certifications

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard / LGI


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GET TO KNOW COACH SUMMER

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Approachable.

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am currently enrolled at LCCC with the Kent State Partnership to finish my

    Bachelors in Business Management.

  • I enjoy camping and being outdoors as much as possible and would love to move

    to Colorado one day.

  • On my down time I enjoy playing Mario Kart and Mario Party on the Nintendo

    Switch with my friends.

  • I live with my boyfriend of 6 years and we have two cats that are brother and

    sister named Rum and Coke.

  • My name is Summer but my birthday is in the spring!

FAVORITE QUOTE

“If you only knew all the love that I’ve found, it’s hard to keep my soul on the ground.”

- Sublime, Garden Grove

Hello! My name is Summer Stearns, I joined the Liquid Lifestyles crew in March of 2017 and I love it! Before I became a professional swim instructor I was once a kid learning to swim myself! In my early years I lived in Deerfield Beach of South Florida. My family and I lived just a fifteen minute bike ride from the beach and were around pools ALL THE TIME. At about 9 years old I joined my school's swim team because of my love for swimming. Turns out my dislike for competition at the time outweighed my love of swimming, so after one season I stuck to recreational swimming and splashing.

When I was about 10 years old my mom and dad decided they wanted to get out of the heat and move to North East Ohio. North Olmsted to be exact and that is where I spent my middle school and high school years. My sophomore year however, my mom decided I needed to get a job. As reluctant as I was, I took the American Red Cross Life guarding class at my local YMCA and received my certification. From there, I applied at my local recreation center and began life guarding at age 15. About a month in, my boss asked me if I was interested in teaching swim lessons as well. I said, "Yeah! That's got to be more interesting than sitting in a chair all day!" Thus my love for teaching swim lessons was created.

I taught lessons for 5 years at my local recreation center and decided I needed a change, so I applied for Liquid Lifestyles. I saw Liquid's Coaches working with kids while life guarding and was so impressed I needed to know more. Now working with the team, I know I was right to be impressed. These coaches are professional, experienced and completely passionate about helping children and adults learn one of life's most important skills, swimming.  It is this fiercely important feeling about water safety skills that connected me to the rest of the team, and I hope to share that connection with you!

Thank you for your help! We had tried for several years to get Blake to learn to swim using both group and private lessons at our local community pool, without success. By word of mouth, we had heard of Liquid Lifestyles and their successful swimming programs. We convinced him to try one more time to try to learn to swim. This past summer was a complete turnaround, with him now having both the confidence and the desire to want to swim! We attribute this to your program and especially Coach Summer’s work with him. Blake developed both confidence and trust in Coach Summer and what she would ask of him to do. Again, thank you and Coach Summer!
— Bob D.
My son has been in your swim program for a year now and we love it! I taught swimming lessons for quite a few years and now I teach third grade, so I know all that goes into teaching young kids. Coach Summer is knowledgeable, stern without being mean, and she has fun with the kids while teaching them. For this reason I go out of my way to set up my Carter with Summer.
— Happy Mom

Matt Wysocki

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children


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