Tony A Marleneanu
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
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
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
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
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!
I grew up in Little Rock, AR swimming for the Dolphins/ Dolphin-Lasers for 5 years and then in high school at Little Rock Christian Academy for three. I've been teaching swim lessons for 5 years beginning at the Little Rock Athletic Club and now at Hendrix College. I'm currently a student at Hendrix College where I study Psychology and Health Sciences.
Alex P Bibb
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