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Our coaches are USA and Y certified with the following credentials:

CPR/AED

First Aid

Coaches Safety Training

USA Foundations of coaching 101 and 102

Athelte protection

YMCA Coaching Principles

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Coaching Staff

Will Barker

Head Coach and Director

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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.

 

 



 

Chris C Freeburg

Lead Coach Group 5 Flex

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Tanya N Krishnamani

Lead Coach groups 1 and 2

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Where did you go to High School? Champaign Centennial. '10

Where did you attend college?  University of Illinois. BS in Psychology

What are your favorite swim events?  200 IM, 100 Fly

What is one of your favorite sets?  

 

 

 

To DO: 8 x 75 IM switch

to GIVE: 10 x 50 kick all out!!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.  

I lived in Malaysia for 4 years!

Abby N Krows

Lead Coach, Group 3

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High School: Kankakee high School

College Experience: Northern Illinois university, Swam 4 years, Backstroke and IM

Favorite set: Distance IM/Free 8 x 400!! Odd IM even free desc!

Favorite set to give:  Anything IM Switch

Interesting Fact about me:  I have swam with dolphins and been skydiving

Elliott C McGill

Lead Coach, Group 4

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What High School did you attend? Champaign Central

College Experience? Eastern Illinois University, Swam 4 years, 

Events? 50/100 Free

Favorite Set to do?  Broken ladder!

25/25-50/ 25-50-75/etc all the way up to 200. Mix interval

Favorite set to give? 20 X 100 odd - swim, even - kick, ascending  interval swims, descending interval kick

Interesting Fast about you? I enjoy gardening!

Amy Suzanne Jaeger

Assistant Swim Coach, groups 1 and 2

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What High School did you go to? Galesburg High School

College Experience: University of Illinois, (Speech and Hearing Science)

 

Tina D Johnson

Head Masters Coach

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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.

 



 

Hannah E Newman

Assistant Swim Coach, groups 1,2,3

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Erich O'Donnell

Asst Swim Coach group 5HP

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Plamen D Alexandrov

Coach

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 Where did you go to High School?

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Ryan P Wierschem

Asst Coach, SPARKS

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Currently a senior at Champaign Central High School

IHSA State Qualifier 

YMCA National Qualifier