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Welcome to the Tornadoes Swim Team!!!

Tornadoes Swim Team is committed to developing young swimmers by challenging and motivating them to discover greater potential inside themselves, and to achieve success in swimming and in life.  We focus on each swimmer’s strengths and areas for development in a supportive environment that includes core body strengthening and conditioning, and progressive endurance and technical skills training including racing starts, strokes and turns.  Our swimmers are empowered to attain their fullest potential in a way never thought possible.

  We hope to see and meet you!

Should you ever need to reach your coach, here are the coaches cell numbers:

Sophia 360-609-1030

Megan 503-504-4062

Colette  503-799-3562

Sarah  360-281-6120

 

Coaching Staff

Sophia N Stone-Holmbeck

Head Coach

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Coach Sophia started coaching with the Grinnell Tigersharks as a volunteer coach.  She also coached the Beloit Aquatic Team with the beginner swimmers and finally with Tornadoes Swim Team.  She started as a Novice/Silver and Gold/Gold Plus coach and is now the Head Coach working with Pre-Senior and Senior groups.  She began swimming at age 7 with the Grinnell Tigersharks in Grinnell, Iowa. She went>

Sophia loves to see swimmers drop times and enjoys watching kids experience the excitement of overcoming a challenge or accomplishing a goal. Her favorite stroke is butterfly and in high school she earned letters in swimming all four years. She was also the team captain in her senior year at college and won most spirited two years while>

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must posses the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Megan Lynn Sherwood

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Megan started swimming competitively at 5 years old for Chehalem Swim Team in Newberg, Oregon.  She swam all through High School>

Having grown up at the pool, Coach Megan feels at home teaching kids the love of swimming.  She loves showing them that swimming is more than just laps and her favorite part of swimming are the meets.  She enjoys the competition and being able to help kids see how hard work pays off when they get a best time.  She started teaching swim lessons when she was 15 years old and taught until finishing college at Oregeon State when she was 22 years old.  She has taught all ages, but loves working with younger kids.

Coach Megan's favorite stroke is the back stroke, but says that there isn't anything better than swimming a fast 50 yard freestyle.  In her free time, she spends time with her two girls, her husband, and her black lab.  She also works>

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must posses the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Colette Crabbe

Assistant Coach

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All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must posses the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Sarah J Denney

Assistant Coach

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Sarah has been teaching swim lessons at the YMCA for two years.  She coached CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) for two years and PCST (Propstra Community Swim Team) for nine months. She began her swim career with CYO in October 2005.  Since then she has swam for several teams, including St. Joes/Pacific Crest Academy, CRST, VSC, LHST, and Union High School.  She was team captain for her HS team and received "Most Inspirational" on the team, three years in a row.  She loves to help students achieve their goals and watch them improve, especially when she sees the excitement in their eyes when they realize a goal!  Her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly.  During her time with VSC she received an award for "Most Inspirational" and "Most Improved".  Sarah remembers her very first swim meet, her Mom and Dad had no idea what they needed, so she went to the meet with one towel.  She had no idea what she was doing!  On the car ride home she asked her parents, "Was I swimming against other children?"  They laughed and said "Yes!"  Sarah's credentials include Lifeguard certification, CPR/First Aid, Red Cross Certification, and all OSI coaching requirements.  In her free time she continues to teach swim lessons at the YMCA and is studying at Clark College to be an elementary school teacher.  When she's not at the pool she loves white water rafting, snow skiing, and her favorite TV show is Supernatural.
 

All of our Tornadoes swim coaches are held to a high standard of teaching and must posses the following: Background check, CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, Coaching certification, level 1 test certification

Board of Directors

Lynnette Moore

President

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Melissa Southard

Vice President

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Janel Gunderson

Co-Treasurer

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Tracey Yotsuuye

Co-Treasurer

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Jon C Anderson

Board Advisor

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