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Coaching Staff

Will Barker

Head Coach

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Will's office hours: 9:00 AM to Noon, Mon-Thu

 

 

 

Where did you go to High School?  Champaign Centennial

Where did you attend college?  University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)

What are you favorite swim events?  100 Breast, 200 IM

What is one of your favorite sets?  To give?  30 x 100 RED!  to do, 10 x 25*

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  I have walked on the Great Wall of China.

 

 



 

Erich O'Donnell

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 Where did you go to High School?  Urbana High School

 Where did you attend college?  Eastern Michigan University

                                                 Illinois State University

 What are your favorite swim events?  100 butterfly; 200 IM; 200 butterfly; 200 free

 What is one of your favorite sets?  1x700, 2x600, 3x500, 4x400, 5x300, 6x100, 7x50

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  Not sure I have any interesting facts...I coach one  night a week.  
 



 

Ed Morford

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Where did you go to High School?  Union Endicott HS in Upstate NY

Where did you attend college?  State University of New York at Oneonta - BS

                                               University of Texas at Austin - Masters

What are your favorite swim events?  Personally I liked the 200 and 500 Free and 200 Fly. As a coach, any event that a Heat swimmer is swimming in.

What is one of your favorite sets?  Again personally, I liked long freestyle sets. My favorite was 20 x 100 on 1:05, but the one I was most proud of was 10 x 200 fly on 2:15 when I was a masters swimmer. The coach didn’t think I could do it. He was wrong.

As a coach, I like IM sets. Idiot 75s are fun, and I like sWollen IMs. (Go ahead…ask me if you dare!)

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Non-swimming related: I love to plant stuff, mostly fruit trees and vegetables. I live on 7.5 acres in the country and I’m a wanna-be farmer.

Swimming related: I once raced and beat Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Jim Montgomery in the 50 butterfly at a Masters meet. Then I was right next to him in the 100 free and he was ahead of me by 3 body lengths at the first turn. He was already dried off when I finished that race. I guess I made him mad.



 

Plamen D Alexandrov

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Tina D Johnson

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 Where did you go to High School?  Urbana High School

 Where did you attend college?  Illinois State University

 What are your favorite swim events?  500, 200 and 100 free; 400 medley relay free leg and 400 free relay

 What is one of your favorite sets?  4 x 150 (50 kick, 50 free, 50 choice) and I like IM rotation

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  I did a couch to 5k program with work this summer and have started running in 5k races- I never ran before completing this program over the summer.

 



 

Emma Newman

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 Where did you go to High School?  Central High School

 Where did you attend college?  University of Illinois

 What are your favorite swim events?  Anything breaststroke

 What is one of your favorite sets?  Fun days

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  I'm deathly afraid of feet!

 



 

Jordan Young

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Where did you go to High School?  I went to Centennial High School.

Where did you attend college?  I currently go to the U of I, majoring in political science.

What are your favorite swim events?  My favorite swimming events are the 100 Breast, 500 free, and 100 free.

What is one of your favorite sets?  to give?  One of my favorite sets to give is one of the matrix sets; 2x(3x(4x25 sprint, 100 easy) then 2x(50sprint, 150easy) and 1x(100sprint, 200 easy))

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?   Something interesting about myself is that I am a really skilled UNO player. I once played three fierce games with Coach Hunter and won!

 



 

Scott K Wierschem

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Where did you go to High School?  Centennial and Central, both 2 years
Where did you attend college?  University of Illinois in the fall
What are you favorite swim events?  100 and 200 free
What is one of your favorite sets?  10 x 200 free step up
To give? distance free sets
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I beat Jordan in the 100 breast at Sectionals.
 


 

 

Brendan A Weibel

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Where did you go to High School?  Lyons Township High School, La Grange, IL

Where did you attend college?  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What are you favorite swim events?  200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Free, 500 Free

What is one of your favorite sets?  12x300 Descend 1-3

To give? Back Half 300’s

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I am studying Computer Engineering at U of I.