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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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GET TO KNOW COACH JACKSON

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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GET TO KNOW COACH MADELINE

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.

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.

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!

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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GET TO KNOW COACH MANNY

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.  

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!