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Kate Wells Swim Team Manager

Hi! My name is Kate Wells and I am a sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University where I am studying Biology and Exercise Science. I have been swimming for thirteen years and have been a Barracuda for all of those years. It is an honor to coach the team that taught me how to swim all those years ago. I love being able to stand where my first coaches once stood and watch all the kids start to develop a passion for the sport in the same place I did. Roll Barracudas!

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Grace Lawerence Assistant Manager

Hi I am Grace Lawrence. I am 18 years old, and I’m entering my freshman year of college at American University. I swam for about 7 years. I’m super excited to see the barracudas back in action again this summer! I am looking forward to building a fun and successful team. My favorite thing about the Valley Brook swim team would have to be our game days, especially when we play sharks and minnows. Swimming is an awesome sport and I can’t wait to help out my fellow barracudas!

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Maddie Mahoney 8&U Lead Coach

Hi, my name is Maddie Mahoney. I am 17 years old and will be entering my senior year of high school. I have been swimming on the Valley Brook Swim Team since I was four years old. I also swim for North Hills Aquatics and have been there since I was eight years old. I think coaching would give me an amazing opportunity to learn how to work with kids and be able to talk at their level. Considering I want to be an early education teacher, this is a very good chance for me to learn a little more about young children! My favorite thing about swimming is the dedication and time it takes. Swimming is a very driven sport and I love the competitiveness of it as well. Valley Brook Swim Team is an amazing way to get your kids into swimming. It’s not extremely competitive, you’re outside all the time, and it’s a very welcoming environment. I’m so excited to have this opportunity and being able to do something I love!!

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Olivia Weber 8&U Assistant Coach

Hi!! My name is Olivia and I will be coaching the 8 & under group this year. I am going into my senior year at North Hills High School and I have been swimming on the varsity team since my freshman year. I have been swimming for about 6 years. I am excited to watch the kids grow and gain more confidence in swimming. This is an amazing way to get kids into swimming and learning new things. I enjoy the sport because it allows me to have a competitive and dedicated drive. This is a very welcoming environment and I’m super excited to share my experiences with the younger kids!!

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Jewel Thomas 9-10 Lead Coach

Hi I’m Jewel and I will be coaching the 9/10 age group for Valleybrook this summer! I have been on the North Hills Aquatics Team since I was 5 years old! I have been on the North Hills High School Varsity swim team since my freshman year, and I have been working at Valleybrook as a lifeguard for 3 years. I love swimming and I’ve always wanted to coach kids and teach them the things I have learned over the years! I want swimming to be enjoyable for these kids and I want them to look forward to it! I can’t wait to see what the swimmers can do this season, and I’m so excited to coach them! It’s gonna be a great season!!

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Katrina Gurchak 9-10 Assistant Coach

Hi I’m Katrina! I’m going to be a Junior at North Hills High School this fall. My family has been members of Valley Brook since 2007. I’ve been on the Barracudas for 7 years, it was my introduction to swimming! I also swim for North Hills Aquatics and the high school varsity team. This is my second year lifeguarding and first year coaching. I’m excited to share my passion for this sport! I plan on bringing good vibes & fun times as a coach and I’m very excited for this season! Roll barracudas!

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Chloe Salopek 11& Up Lead Coach

Hi! My name is Chloe Salopek and I will be a freshman at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I am majoring in nursing. I have been swimming for 11 years and I have been on the Valley Brook swim team for 8 years. I am so excited to be coaching this year because I want the kids to have a lot of fun but I also want them to grow into the best swimmers that they can be! I always looked up to my Valley Brook coaches in the past and I hope to have the same effect on the kids this year. Roll Barracudas!

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Mia Cutenese Junior Coach

Hi, I’m Mia. I have been swimming for 9 years for North Hills Aquatics, and for 4 years on the North Hills varsity swim team. I just graduated from North Hills and plan to attend Nursing School in the fall. I love teaching and being around kids. I also love being part of a team and the atmosphere. Your teammates are there for you during your ups and downs and really make a big difference in your attitude towards swimming. I am so excited to be able to have meets this year and be able to have a somewhat normal season! Roll Barracudas!

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Dane Fazio Junior Coach

Hi, My name is Dane and I am so excited to start my coaching career at Valley Brook.  I have been a Barracuda since I was 7 years old! I also swim with NHA and North Hills Varsity.  I want to coach because SWIMMING IS FUN! I want all the kids to have FUN and LOVE swimming as much as I do.  I can't wait to get to know all the 2021 Barracudas! Time for some FUN IN THE SUN!!!

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Paige Lange Junior Coach

Hello, I'm Paige and I'm so excited to be a Junior coach for the Barracudas this summer! I'm going to be a Sophomore at North Hills this fall, and have been a Valley Brook member for 7 years- swimming for 4. I'm also part of my high-school varsity team and have been swimming for North Hills Aquatics for 6 years. I'm looking forward to adding to the positive and encouraging environment that comes with coaching and being with the team. I can't wait to make the most out of this season! Roll Barracudas!

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Brady Lawrence Junior Coach

Hi, I am Brady Lawrence. I am 16 years old, and I am entering my junior year of high school. I have been swimming for 10 years. I am looking forward to coaching to be able to get more involved with the team and learn more about the swimming process. I can’t wait to see what this season has to offer.

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Shelby Poniatowski Junior Coach

My name is Shelby Poniatowski and I have been swimming for about 8 years. I am a breaststroker and my favorite thing about swimming is being able to hang out with my friends while doing something I love. I am excited to coach because I want more experience with kids and teaching them how to swim.

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