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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 one of the board members.

 

 

North Aquatics Club Coaching Staff

Maureen VanSwol

NAC Director of Coaching

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Joined NAC staff in 2008
Marian Catholic Varsity Swim coach 
Marian Catholic Varsity Water Polo Coach
Founder and  Head LAW coach
Former Head Coach Homewood Flossmoor HS  
Mother to Coach Zach, Kyler, and Josh, all of whom swam at the Collegiate level
Son Kyler and former NAC alumnus is a 2-time Olympic trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly

Zach VanSwol

Head Coach (Gold)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2013

4 year letter winner at UIC

Currently holds UIC school record in the 1000 Freestyle (9:23.20; 2010) and 1650 Freestyle (15:37.86; 2010)

Four-year letter winner for the Griffins ... guided team to a sectional championship every year of his high school career ... earned All-Southwest Suburban Conference accolades, as well as All-State and All-American honors during his prep campaign ... named to the high honor roll ... competed with the North Aquatics Sharks club for three years, setting club records in numerous events ... also a four-year letter winner for Lincoln-Way's water polo team

Former Head Lincoln-Way East Water Polo coach, turning a program with a losing record to it's first appearance in the State Quarterfinals

Favorite events: distance freestyle

 

Paula Kmetz

Coach (Great White)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2018

Paula teaches at Camelot Therapeutic Day School in Naperville

Swam throughout high school and coached age group at HF before joining NAC

Mom to two boys who swam age group and high school

Enjoys teachng basic stroke technique to help swimmers swim faster and move to the next level 

 

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly

Lauren Vander Velde

Coach (Silver)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2017

Lauren swam age group from 2nd grade through her junior year at LWE

4 year Varsity water polo player at Lincoln-Way East High School 

SWSC Blue All-Conference water polo player (2014) 

 

Favorite Event: 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

Susie Murphy

Coach (Slurple)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2017

Susie is a Physical Education teacher at Lyons Township High School where she swam and played water polo "back in the day!" After briefly swimming at Ball State, she began coaching instead of competing. She has coached at Lyons Swim Club and Prestwick CC. Susie spent 10 years as the Frosh-Soph Swim coach at LT and 11 years as the Girls Varsity Water Polo coach at Lyons before she had her own kids. Her daughters, Teagan and Logan have swam for the Sharks for four years now. 

Favorite Event: 500 Free

David Drewes

Coach (Purple)

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Sarah J Jackson

Coach (Tigers)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2019

Sarah has been swimming for 9 years and is a former SHARK

4 year swim and water polo player at Lincoln-Way North and East

Currently, swimming for Indiana Wesleyan

 

Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke

Board of Directors

Susie Murphy

President

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Julie Johnson

Vice President

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Jamie Johnson

Registrar

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Anna Letsos-Gonzalez

Treasurer

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Carisa Dirienzo

Meet Administrator

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Megan Shuster

Apparel Coordinator

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Jennifer Boender

Concessions

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Amy O'Brien

Volunteer Coordinator

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