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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative issues such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members (see the bottom of the page).

Coaching Staff

Tony A Marleneanu

Head Coach

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Cell phone - 501-764-SWIM (7946)

Tony, a Level 3 Coach, is in his 6th year as the Aquakids coach. In his time as the head coach, the team has broken over 165 team records and 17 State records. Aquakids currently has multiple state champions and has sent 7 athletes to collegiate level in the past 5 seasons.

Tony graduated from Athletic High School in Constanta, Romania. As an age group swimmer, Tony qualified for Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals in Romania. He had multiple top 3 finishes at the Junior Nationals in Breastroke and IM events. In 2004, he was selected to represent Romania at the ILS World Championships in Viareggio, Italy. In 2006, he went on to attend Henderson State University where he swam for the Red Wave team for 4 years. There, Tony earned the All American title and school records in breaststroke events. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration in 2010. After swimming in college, Tony decided to spend some time on deck. He helped coach the Henderson State University Swimming Team for one season before moving to NW Arkansas where he coached for the RAC AquaHawgs. In August of 2011, he joined NWA Aquatics. A year later, he and his wife, Kathleen, decided to move to Maumelle. He is now excited to be the head coach for the AquaKids.

Emily E Hanson

Assistant Coach

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Emily graduated with distinction from Hendrix College in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Secondary Education. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Texas, Permian Basin. Emily began swimming competitively at six years old with Miller Swim Team and then  Jenks Trojan Swim Club, continuing to swim for her high school team in Jenks, Oklahoma where she was a four year letterman and Academic All American her senior year.  While in college, she was a four year letterman for the Hendrix Warrior Swim Team. Emily has previously coached for the Jenks Trojan Swim Club, taught swimming lessons, and helped with the Warrior Swim Camp.

Caleb J HATHAWAY

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming at the age of 3 for the Overbrook Orcas summer league swim team in North Little Rock. Two years later I joined the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team, where I competed until I graduated high school. During that time I was awarded State High Point Champion four times, qualified for multiple sectional meets, and junior nationals during my senior year. I then swam for Missouri S&T for two years achieving personal best times in every event I swam, achieving conference runner up twice in the 200 butterfly as well as qualifying for NCAA division 2 nationals. During my sophomore year, I finished with the 14th fastest time for Division 2 in the nation for the 200 butterfly. In the summer of 2016, I helped coach a group of kids for the Conway Crocs summer league swim team. I now attend UCA studying physical therapy

Laura Beth Bloomfield

Assistant Coach

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I began swimming in 2006 and swam until 2016. I was an Aquakid for 9 years then was a collegiate swimmer for Ouachita Baptist University. I’ve taught swim lessons for 3 years. I enjoy being around the kids and share in their enthusiasm of the sport. I look forward to giving back to the Aquakids Swim Team and teaching them what I have learned from some of the best coaches in the state, including Coach Tony since 2012. Some career highlights include being a member of the 7A State Champion Girls Swim Team for Conway High School and qualifying for the State Team since 2007. While swimming at Ouachita our women’s team was recognized with Scholar All-American Honors and I received NSISC All-Academic recognition. I am now attending University of Central Arkansas studying Business Marketing. 

JORDAN LYNN SWEET

Assistant Coach

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I began Swimming at the age of 5 for the Lasers swim team. I continued to swim on the Dolphin Lasers (Dolphins) until I graduated from High school. During that time I was awarded 3 Arkansas state high point awards and was Arkansas State champion in multiple events. I was also a member of the Arkansas zone team 4 years in a row and competed at spring and summer sectionals from 2012-2016. I was awarded 5 Arkansas swimmer of the year awards and I currently still hold 4 LSC state records that I set in 2009 and 2011. I am now attending the University of Central Arkansas majoring in psychology and criminology. I'm extremely excited to become a part of the Aquakids coaching staff and to get to share my love for the sport with the team!

Alex P Bibb

Assistant Coach

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I have been swimming since about the time I could walk, I’ve always been in or near the water. I saw with the Sherwood sharks for a few years, but I never competed, from there I went to the athletic club where I swam with Quincey Johnson and I eventually started teaching swim lessons under her. Last summer I coached for the Maumelle Marlins. I enjoy hiking, climbing, and just about anything else outdoors. I’ve been building a cabin for the past two years and it has been a major learning experience, and not always a fun one

Board of Directors

Kara Bloomfield

Club Secretary

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Jim Kelly

Permanant Member

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Kim Holman

Club President

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Brian Wilson

Vice-President

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Amy Olivia Moss

Club Treasurer

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Hitesh Patel

Board Member

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Darcy Caplan

Board Member

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Julie Traylor

Board Member

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Juston Tankersley

Board Member

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