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Coaches & Directors

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, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Jen Lyman [email protected]

Coaching Staff

Christina Forristall

Head Coach

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Christina Forristall has been coaching for close to 10 years at the Madison Racquet and Swim Club as Head Coach of the MadMarlins Swim Team. Starting the MadMarlins initially as a summer league team, she quickly developed the team into a year round competitive program in 2008 joining the CT Yankee League. The program, which began with a handful of swimmers, has now grown to over 85 participants. In the 2015 and 2016 Short Course season the MadMarlins won their Yankee League Division and also won the 2016 Connecticut Private Summer League Championship.

With the success of the MadMarlins program, Christina began coaching USA Swimming in correlation with the Nutmeg Swim Team and interested MadMarlin swimmers. In the span of just four years, this satellite program grew tremendous interest in the USA Swimming circuit. Therefore, in 2016, Christina, along with Associate Head Coach Jen Lyman, started the Shoreline Aquatic Club (SLAC). Both coaches are dedicated and driven to continue to offer a higher level of competition while providing a higher level of training.

In addition to the MadMarlins and SLAC, Christina is the Head Coach for the Daniel Hand High School Boy Varsity Swimming and Diving Team (2014-present), previously serving as the Assistant Coach (2009-2013). Christina also coaches the Daniel Hand High School Varsity Girls as the Assistant Coach (2012-present).

As the Aquatic Director for Madison Racquet and Swim Club since 2004, Christina is responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the Club’s aquatic programs, coaches and athletes.

Christina holds a degree in Elementary Educations from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she competed collegiately all four years and was captain her senior year. She earned the honors of All-Conference Athlete all four years, qualifying for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in the 100 Breaststroke her senior year.

Molly Berky

Assistant Coach

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Molly has been coaching USA Swimming programs for 9 years and has coached with SLAC since 2016.  Prior to her coaching experience, She has been long involved in the sport having been a USA swimmer herself as well as a high school and collegiate swimmer.  Molly enjoys working with novice and age group swimmers teaching them the technical aspects of swimming while at the same time helping them discover a passion and love for the sport. 

Tim Landon

Assistant Coach

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Tim Landon Assistant Advance/Senior Coach and has been coaching since 2015 and has been coaching with SLAC since 2018. A lifelong swimmer, Tim was a member of both the Valley Shore YMCA Marlins (2001-2008) and Central Connecticut Aquatic Club (2008-2010) where he was a two-time Sectionals Qualifier.  He attended Franklin and Marshall College (2010-2014) where he was a Four-Year Athlete, and Captain his Senior Year.  He is a Five-time Centennial Conference Medalist, setting a Pool Record his Freshman year in the 400 IM.  He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and Minor in Anthropology.   In 2015 he decided to return to swimming and accepted a position coaching at the Valley Shore YMCA.  He became the Head Senior Coach, where he helped Valley Shore achieve a number of new team records, Age Group Qualifiers, and Senior Cuts, as well as multiple Zone Qualifiers.  

Scott Butler

Assistant Coach

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Scott has coached locally on the shoreline since 1997.  Currently he is the head coach of the Branford High School Girls Swim Team.  In his 12 years coaching the BHS girls Scott has won a Class M State Championships and was Runner-Up twice.  He has worked with numerous All-State and All-Conference -swimmers and continues a tradition of excellence for Branford High School girls’ swimming.  Scott was named the New Haven Register Girls High School coach of the year in 2009 and 2012, was named the CIAC Girls Swimming Coach of the Year in 2014 and was named the CT High School Coaches Association Girls Swimming Coach of the year in 2015.  Scott also coached the Branford High School boys from 2002-2012.  In his time coaching the boys he also had numerous All-State and All-Conference swimmers.  Outside of swimming, Scott is a 7th grade math teacher at Walsh Intermediate School in Branford. And the proud father of 5 children with his wife Tracy here in Madison.

Board of Directors

Molly Berky

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