Darian R Townsend
Head Coach and Club President
Darian Townsend’s swimming career started at a very young age
in South Africa, where he grew up. He swam for Seals Swimming
Club and attended high school at Maritzburg College, during which
time he won numerous school championships and broke multiple
records. After high school, Darian moved to Florida and joined the
University of Florida Swim Team and subsequently transferred to the
University of Arizona. As a member of both teams, Darian won 2 NCAA
titles as an individual (200 free and 200 IM), 5 relay National
titles and 1 Team Title.
He attended the Olympic Games in 2004 (Athens, Greece), 2008
(Beijing, China) and 2012 (London, England). In 2004 Darian won a
gold medal for South Africa as part of their 4 x 100 freestyle
relay team.. He also attended the World Championships and the
Commonwealth Games as a member of the South African Swim
Darian's biggest individual accomplishment as a swimmer
was in 2009 when he broke the World Record in the 200 IM in Berlin,
Since earning his US citizenship in 2014 Darian has represented the
United States at Nationals, World Championships and the Pan
American Games where he won 2 silver medals. He attended the US
Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska during the summer of 2016 and
most recently has attended several Masters meets for which he now
holds multiple Masters World Records. He continues to train at the
YMCA as part of the Masters Team.
Darian has taken the next step in his career by accepting the role
of Head Coach of the Westside Silver Fins. He currently coaches the
Senior Elite group. Coach Darian is passionate about swimming and
hopes to be able to pass on the knowledge he learnt in his swimming
career to the swimmers he now coaches.
Head Age Group Coach & Safe Sport Rep
David is beginning his 2nd
year as Head Age Group Coach for the Silver Fins.
Dave is the Team's Safe
In his 1st
season with the team he had multiple top 10 swimmers in Arizona
the Silver Fins he was the Head Coach for the
Mandell JCC Sharks Swim Team in West Hartford, CT for
Over Coach David’s
career he has had many successes in and out of the pool. In
2016 he was name the Connecticut Swimming Age Group Coach of the
Year. In 2013 he was selected to be a coach for the
Connecticut Zone Team. He continued in that position thru the Long
course 2018 season.
His Teams and Age Group
Programs have finished in the top ten for the past 10 years
with multiple Age Group Champions. His swimmers have broken and
held multiple State records. Coach Dave has had over
70 swimmers qualify for Western & Eastern Zone
Championships. He has had Multiple Sectional, Futures and Junior
National Qualifiers swim for him.
He Graduated from CCSU in
2006 with a degree in liberal arts. David Swam competitively for 10
years. He swam for Hamden North Haven Swim team for 3 years before
moving to the Hopkin Mariners Swim team out of New Haven for the
next 7yrs. A 4 year letter swimmer for Notre Dame H.S. in West
Haven. A member of the 2002 State Open Champion Swim
In addition to coaching a
USA Club David has coached for 3 High Schools; Hall and Conard High
Schools of West Hartford, CT as well as Bulkeley High School of
Dave is currently
the Head coach for Millennium Girls and Boys Swim & Dive
Team - Fear the Roar!
David is excited for the
Silver Fins to have successful season.
Desert Foothills Head Coach
Coach Colleen is the head Coach of our Desert Foothills
Silver Fin location loacted at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA in
Colleen Bolan began her competitive swimming career at the age
of 8 years old at the Heilman Recreation Center in Southeastern
Michigan, competing in all strokes and the team freestyle and
medley relays. Later in her career she focused on distance
swimming in the 500yd freestyle.
Colleen continued with competitive swimming up until 18 years of
age with the East Detroit Seals Swim Club AAU Team traveling the
Midwest in competitions, qualifying for summer championships each
of those years. In addition, she swam for her high school
teams and summer teams through her community center.
Colleen’s biggest individual accomplishment as a
swimmer was when she qualified and competed at the Fort Lauderdale
International Swimming Hall of Fame AAU Meet.
Colleen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Michigan, and after a career in the technology industry, Colleen
returned to her passion for competitive swimming, and is now in her
4th year as Head Coach for the YMCA Desert Foothills Dolphins Swim
Team, where she coached a team of 40+ swimmers ranging from 6 to 18
years in age. Six of those swimmers have now moved into the Silver
Fins competitive program, and Colleen is excited to begin her
1st season as Coach of the Silver Fins Swim Team at
Desert Foothills YMCA location in 2021. She holds both the ASCA
Level 1 (Foundations) and Level 2 (Stroke) Schools certifications.
Colleen says “I have learned so much from my involvement
in competitive sports. Sports taught me to never give up, and
I use that every day in my career and personal life. No matter how
tough something is, if you keep working at it and do not give up,
you will succeed. Every swimmer has different goals they want
to achieve in swimming. I encourage those individual goals
and work with each swimmer so that they can be successful in
whichever direction of swimming they want to go.”
Randy D Gertenbach
Senior Group Coach
Hi! I am Randy Gertenbach and I coach the Senior Group. I
started swimming competitively at the age of 8 in El Centro, CA,
with Imperial Valley Desert Aquatics. I swam club and high school,
which paved the way for me to swim in college at the University of
Pittsburgh. At University of Pittsburgh, I was an 11-time Big
East Champion, which ranged from the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and
200 IM. I qualified for NCAA’s in 2002, 2003, 2004 and
was a 3 –time All American in the 200 breaststroke.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a
Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, I then pursued my
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Cross-Cultural
Teaching Techniques at the University of California, San
Diego. I am currently a High School Math Teacher, as well as
being an assistant swim coach on this amazing team!!
My coaching philosophy is commitment, teamwork and pride in what
you do will can take you anywhere. I believe that we are all
“teachers” when it comes to swimming, and we learn and
grow every day.
I am a person that loves to give back to his friends and
community, and coaching swimming is something where I can do give
back to both. I love that I am able to share my love of
swimming with our athletes. Swimming has shaped me and my
individualism, and I feel it can do the same for our present and
Silver Group Coach
Nathon started competitive swimming and teaching swim in
Marietta, GA at the age of 13. He moved up rapidly through the
swimming ranks to compete at the Junior National, National, and
NCAA DI levels while learning all he could about the sport through
his coaches and teammates. Athletes Nathon taught and coached have
been ages 3-70 and include several county champions, GA State
qualifiers, GA State champions. During his first year of coaching
in the valley, he has brought young athletes up to the Junior
Olympic, AZ Age-Group State, AZ High School State, and AZ Senior
Nathon says “I am a huge believer in making teaching
technique and quality hard work fun! Swimming has given me much to
be thankful for over the years – many memories, friends,
mentors, and my attitude in life. I hope to grow the sport as much
as it has, and is still helping me grow. I look forward to seeing
y’all on deck!”
Thalia J Tate
Bronze Group & FINS 1 Group Coach
Thalia started competitively swimming at the age of 6 with the
Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team. Every year from 2004-2011 she qualified
for Japan’s Tokyo Youth Championships. She has also competed
with Yuma Heat Swim Team, Kubasaki High School, and Millennium High
School. While living in Japan she has had the opportunity to not
only swim but also compete in triathlons and compete vocally in
singing/talent competitions. Thalia has been coaching for 6 years
and has been involved with swim for 20+ years. Her mom/coach has
competed in the Seoul, South Korea 1988 Olympics and has heavily
influenced her passion to coach and swim. Her events are 800 Free,
400 Free, 400 IM, and 200 Breaststroke.
“I’m determined to create a fun and safe environment
for athletes in hopes that they will follow suit and teach others
about the love and passion of this sport.”
Currently, Thalia is also the head coach of Trivium Preparatory
FINS 2 Group Coach
Denise is our FINS 2 Coach
Megan M Barta
Meg started competitive swimming when at the age of 4, swimming
in Tucson, Phoenix, and then in college in Texas. She started two
high school programs in Ardmore, OK and was also head coach of
Ardmore Aquatics. Athletes Meg coached included beginning swimmers
to national team swimmers with several state champions and state
record holders in age group USA Swimming and YMCA. Zones
qualifiers, National YMCA qualifiers and many Oklahoma high school
Meg says "I am a big believer in technique, working hard and
making swimming fun! I hope I can give back to swimming what
swimming has given to me over the years, a great work ethic, some
lasting friendships and wonderful memories. If you see me on deck
or in the water, please stop me and say Hi."
Head Dive Coach
Coach Bill started diving through the local summer pool league in New Jersey, and continued through High School. He also participated in Track and Field. The 800 was his main race and it earned him a college scholarship, thereby ending his diving career temporarily.
When his young sons decided to try diving, he re-engaged in the sport and began coaching at the Goodyear pool in the mid 90’s. And later, with ’76 Olympian, Barb Nejman, who became his coaching mentor for the next 20 years.
Bill and Barb started the Silver Fins Dive team in 2012 and have grown it to produce some of the top divers in the State, with a number qualifying for national level competition. In addition to the Silver Fins Dive team, Coach Bill coaches at four Agua Fria District High Schools.
Madison A Szeremet
Hello! My name is Maddie Szeremet and I
have been swimming for around 8 years. I have swam on Westside for
almost my whole swimming career and competed at Sectionals, Far
Westerns, States, and many other swimming meets. I was a senior
State champion in the 100 fly (2018), and I was a top-three
finisher in the 100 fly at Sectionals. My best events were I.M. and
fly, but I swam many freestyle and backstroke events when I was
younger. I swam in college before I got injured, and I swam the 100
fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM.
I am currently a sophomore in college and I
am working towards my degree in fine arts. I really enjoy the
current field I am in and I can’t wait to graduate in 2022! I
am a dedicated student and I hope to graduate early!
I was a rec coach from 2015-2016 and I
really enjoyed working with all the different age groups! I really
love seeing the kids enjoy their swimming and having fun since my
favorite part of swimming on this team was getting to see all my
teammates at practice. I have worked all my life around water and I
can’t wait to help anyone improve! My philosophy is to help
people get faster while enjoying this sport!
Amauri F Perez
Hi! My name is Amauri Perez-Sandoval and I have been
swimming since I was in Mighty Mahi for around 8-10 years. I
have been a Silver Fin for almost my whole swimming career, I was
able to compete at States and other swimming events. I was
placed 15th in the 400 Free back in 2019. My main strokes are
Freestyle and Backstroke. I swam for GCU Club swimming for a year
and qualified to go to Nationals with them.
I am currently a Junior at Grand Canyon University and my
major is Information Technology with an Emphasis in
Cybersecurity with a Minor in Graphic Design and Advertising. I
will be graduating from GCU in 2022 with my degree!
My swim coaching philosophy is focused on achieving your goals
while having fun!
Kiera R Suaverdez
My name is Kiera Suaverdez and I am a stay at home mom to 4
children-Landon, Marlee, Norah, and Olivia. I have been a member of
the PAC since 2017 and have recently taken on the role as PAC
President. Most of my time is dedicated to volunteering at my kids
school and throughout the community. I also enjoy running, biking,
hiking, and yoga. My goals for the Silver Fins are to help
provide consistency, open up communication, and encourage team
All 4 of my kids are a part of the Silver Fin family, so you
will often times see me on the pool deck. If you ever have
any questions, I am always around to help.
Assistant Dive Coach
I grew up in Pittsburgh PA where I started diving in middle
school and competed all 4 years of diving in high school at North
Hills. I also was on the University of Pittsburgh's club diving
team during high school. I continued to compete 1M and 3M at
Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I began coaching diving in high
school during learn to dive programs and private lessons. I coached
swimming and diving at the YMCA in Clarion PA during undergrad. I
moved out to Arizona in August 2019 to attend Midwestern
University’s veterinarian school. I look forward to helping
your child learn the sport of dive!