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Ann Skerkoski

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Coaching Specialty

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Certifications

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard / LGI

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First AID

  • American Red Cross WSI

Experience

  • Head Coach –Summer Swim League

  • Assistant Coach – High School Swim Team, United States Swimming (USS) Team & Masters Swimming

  • 3 –time IRONMAN Finisher

  • 3-time Masters National Champion

  • Open Water Zones team member (5k)


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GET TO KNOW COACH ANN

Aquatics have been a fixture in my life for almost my entire existence.  I excelled as an “8 and under” on my local summer swim team and couldn’t get enough.  As a result, I joined the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins and began my adventure as a year round swimmer.  The next step was joining my high school swim team where I set multiple school records, become the team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer.

With that experience under my belt, I earned a spot on the John Carroll University swim team, where I earned high point awards, All-Conference recognition, swimmer of the week, a school record and, my most coveted honor, team captain. 

Once I graduated from college, I knew that couldn’t be the end of my swimming career.  This was a lifelong sport, after-all!  That is where I got my first taste of USA Masters Swimming while in Graduate School.  As a member of the Kentucky Wildcats Masters Team, I earned 3-National Championships and multiple meet records.

Throughout every team and experience, I made friendships that will last of lifetime and I feel as though this is the most amazing aspect of the sport of swimming. I want others to get to experience this type of connection and passion in their lives. I credit much of my success in school to swimming since it taught me discipline and time management skills.

My most recent endeavor has been the sport of triathlon.  Having a swimming background has put me at a major advantage over most triathletes who are scared to death of the water.  With 3 IRONMAN finishes and 4 X 70.3 finishes, I have a passion for open water swimming and teaching athletes how to fine tune their techniques in open water environments. 

Due to the fact that I fell in love with swimming, I naturally decided that lifeguarding would be a solid fit. I become a lifeguard and lessons instructor and eventually added coaching to my resume. I started coaching summer league and then gradually added high school, USS and Masters Teams to my coaching collection. In addition, I was an Aquatics Graduate Assistant at the University of Kentucky which led to further certifications in the realm of Aquatics. I was a certified LGI (Lifeguard Instructor), Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and also taught and certified students in CPR/First Aid and AED. 

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

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Certifications

  • USA Swimming Certified

  • American Red Cross WSIT

  • American Red Cross LGI


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GET TO KNOW COACH MADELINE

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.

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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GET TO KNOW COACH LEAH

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.

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

Mike Cousino

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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GET TO KNOW COACH MIKE

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.

Marisa Melchior

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

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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Thom Parsons

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COACHING Specialty

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Adult Freestyle

  • Triathlon & Open Water

  • Special Needs

Certifications

  • Total Immersion™ Level II Certified Coach

  • American Red Cross WSI

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard


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GET TO KNOW COACH THOM

I would love the opportunity to share my passion with you.

That “CLICK”.  That moment the light switches on and everything falls into place.  All the repetition, all the drills, all of the encouragement and then the payoff.  The moment a young beginner final “gets it “ finally puts the pieces together and swims on their own is a magical moment.  For some the moment comes quickly and for others it takes a bit longer. One thing is certain. There is always that moment.  I consider myself lucky that I get to be there, in the pool, to witness that magic over and over again.  To be able to teach a lifelong skill to a child and know that skill will last a lifetime is a wonderful gift.

I remember my very first private lesson with Mrs. Olie Olson in Athens, Ohio.  I was four years old and smitten with Olie and instantly hooked on swimming.  I took lessons every summer for several years.  By the time I was 17 I had become a lifeguard and also taught my first private swim lessons.  I will never forget that first lesson.  I remember every detail.  I was scared to death.  The lesson went very well and by the end I could not wait for the next one.  I didn’t realize at the time that I had just found my niche.

After being severely injured in an automobile accident I was looking for something I could do part time to keep busy.  I thought about my own children’s swimming lessons and reflected on how I knew I could do it better than their instructor.  That was the answer, the “ah ha” moment.  I would start teaching swimming again.  It took awhile for me to get going but once I developed my method, business really took off.  That was in Florida.  I have since relocated twice.  From Florida we moved to Wisconsin and from Wisconsin back to Ohio.  All the while continuing to teach swimming.   This is what I do.  This is my passion. 

I received my TI coach certification in 2014, it was the completion a goal I’ve had for many years. Upon researching the Total Immersion methods I realized that I had been using many of the same concepts in my own instruction.  However, I never really sought to better my own swimming, I just swam laps, never consistently working to improve my own skills.  With TI I have become a better, more efficient, more purposeful swimmer.   Striving for self-improvement and learning new skills has certainly bettered me as an individual and reignited my passion for teaching.

 

 

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