Darian Roy 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
his is David's 1st year as Head Age Group Coach for Silver Fins.
He has Coach for the past 16 years for the Mandell JCC Sharks Swim
Team in West Hartford, CT.
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.
THis Team and Age Group Program has finished in the top ten for
the past 5 years with multiple Age Group Champions. His swimmers
have broken and held multiple Connecticut State records. Coach Dave
has had over 60 swimmers qualify and swim at Eastern Zone
Championships. He has had Multiple Sectional, Futures and 4 Junior
National Qualifiers swim from 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 Notre Dame High School Swim Team. 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 Hartford, CT.
David is excited to join the Silver Fins and looks forward to
working with all of the swimmers and coaches
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
Madison A Szeremet
Silver Group Coach
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!
Bronze 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!”
Fins I & II Group Coach
Denise is currently a swim instructor for the Southwest Valley YMCA and also coaches our Fins I and Fins II groups.
Denise swam club for Mission Valley Swim Club. She swam 4 years at Northern Arizona University and also swam>3.
Masters Team Head Coach
Hi! I’m Debbie Albers, a new masters coach with YWSF. I am
new to Arizona, having just moved here from Northern California at
the end of July, 2018. I started swimming competitively at the age
of 12, having decided my lack of coordination wasn’t great
for being a competitive gymnast. I swam age-group and high school
through my senior year in high school. In college I begun running
long distances, with 25 k being my favorite.
With a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, I got a job
teaching at my old high school. As way to meet people other than my
previous teachers, I joined Monterey Bay Masters and Monterey Bay
Triathlon Club. 7 months later I completed my first marathon
open-water swim, the Seal Beach 9-mile swim. A year later, I
returned to graduate school in San Luis Obispo. While completing my
master’s degree in Math, I swam with the Central Coast
Masters, as well as swimming in the Ocean every chance I got. In
the summer of ‘90 I swam the Manhattan Island Marathon
Swim and began a 28-1/2 year career as a California Community
College math teacher. My first teaching job was at Gavilan College
in Gilroy, CA. In 1991 I swam the English Channel, both a solo swim
and a relay swim. Shortly after that, I took on a mortgage and did
not pursue Marathon swimming again. Until now. In 1995 I moved
north to teach at Santa Rosa Junior College. Between then and now
there have been triathlons, ranging from sprint distance to
half-Ironman, and ultra-distance cycling races. My husband and I
did the Race Across America as a two-person team in 2014. The first
few rides I did in AZ led to being chased by dogs, hence back
in the pool. I love masters swimming and masters swimmers. It
feels very natural to me to be working with adults after
teaching college. I like that masters swimmers tend to have a bit
more age-related motivation, plus a desire to build swimming
into lives that include families, jobs, travel, etc. I hope to
convince more YWSF masters to try at least one open-water swim each
summer. These swims are great for building camaraderie among
swimmers and among swim families, as well as being a nice
break from the pool.
I’d like to encourage parents of Fins swimmers who might
have considered getting back in the water to check out the masters!
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 state qualifiers.
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
I am Coach Cindy. I relocated from Colorado Springs, CO to
Goodyear, AZ in the summer of 2008. I enjoy playing golf and share
as much time as I can with my nine grandchildren.
I was a competitive swimmer in the Northwest for nine years. I
had the privilege of competing from Canada to California and
reaching my goals of being a state high school champion, qualifying
for the Indoor National Swimming Championships, and again
qualifying and competing in the Outdoor National Swimming
My love of swimming and past experiences of competition and
coaching brought me back to the wonderful sport of swimming. I was
an assistant coach for the Colorado Torpedoes for 2 ½
years. My focus is on introducing and developing proper
breathing, kicking, and stroke technique to our young and/ or new
swimmers. You will see me most often in the water with the kids so
that there can be hands on instruction. I encourage you as parents
to ask me questions, whether it is about your child, my techniques,
or anything else. My goal is to give your child self-confidence, a
taste of being a competitive swimmer, and the opportunity to enjoy
the water for the rest of their life.
Michala Lynee Greenbaum
Hi everyone! I am Michala Greenbaum. I swam competitively for 12
years. I started swimming competitively at the age of 6 on the
Magdalena Ecke YMCA Riptides in Encinitas, CA. While living in
California, I competed at Far Westerns, All Stars, Junior Olympics,
State Championships, and Zones. I moved to Arizona in 2016 and
joined Senior Elite on the Silver Fins. I competed at High School
State Championships and Senior State Championships.
Now I am a student at Northern Arizona University and I am
graduating in Spring 2020. I am majoring in criminology and
criminal justice with a minor in psychology. I was a member of the
triathlon team at Northern Arizona University, and now I am a
certified advanced and rescue scuba diver.
I have been teaching swim lessons since 2018 and lifeguarding
since 2019 at the YMCA. I used to help coach my swim team in
California and I am very excited to help coach the Silver Fins. I
am a big believer in how competitive swimming is a process that
takes time, hard work, determination, and perseverance. I look
forward to helping every swimmer both in and out of the pool, and I
can’t wait to see all of you on deck!
Volunteer Masters Coach
Bill Downey was employed in the hospitality industry for over 40 years. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Mass Communications, Bill secured his first position with General Mills Restaurants. Initially hired as a Management Trainee, he progressed through the organization ultimately holding the position of Regional Director. In this capacity, he held responsibility for 25 York Steak House Restaurants.
After moving to Chicago, Bill was hired as the General Manager for Harry Caray’s Restaurant where he worked for over 5 years. During that time, Bill was responsible for leading the front and back of house management team for this lunch and dinner operation which exceeded $10 millon in annual sales.
Bill was recruited by Levy Restaurants Sports and Entertainment division. Bill would go on to oversee the Suite operations at the newly opened Comiskey Park. In this capacity, he oversaw 3 full service operations, including 120 suites, a 2,100 seat outdoor venue, and an 800 seat members only restaurant, The Terrace Club.
During his time in Cleveland, Bill was promoted to a Regional Director of Operations position where he also worked with the Sports & Entertainment partners at Toronto Sky Dome and the MCI Center in Washington, DC.
In March of 2000, Bill joined Beechmont Country Club as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for this private, 900 member Jewish Country Club. Bill was responsible for all aspects of the business , including the 18-hole golf course, newly renovated Fitness Center, complete Food & Beverage operations, Tennis, and a Summer Children’s Camp.
Bill and his wife Susie moved to Phoenix, Arizona in November of 2010. Wanting to experience hospitality within the Hotel / Resort industry, Bill joined The Phoenician as the General Manager of Il Terrazzo, the resort’s fine dining operation.
He began his “second career” at LifeTime Fitness working in the cafe anon then was asked to be trained for swim instructor, shortly thereafter he assumed the responsibilities of Masters Swim Coach. After building the program from 6 participants to 64, the team was competing in meets, including two trips to the US Masters National Championships.
He is now taken on the role of Masters Coach for the Valley YMCA Silver Fins. He is looking forward to continuing his knowledge and grows the program for the new team.
Bill lives in Peoria, Arizona with his wife Susie, and their rescued Old English Sheepdog, Oliver
Strength & Conditioning
I have always had a passion for the human body and how it works,
and a desire to help others. I love to help people
achieve their goals by pushing them to be the best they can
be. So I decided to attend GCC's Exercise Science program and
become a Certified Personal Trainer. I have been certified by
NSCA since 2013, and in 2016 received my functional and suspension
certifications in TRX. I also have a certificate in Nutrition
for Fitness and Wellness. I started dryland training with the
Silver Fins in December of 2014. I love seeing their success
in reaching their goals in both the weight room and the pool.
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.