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Head Coaches

Coach Adam W Rutz

Director of Competitive Swimming

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This is Adam's 9th season as the Head Coach of the Y in Central Maryland. Coach Adam is an ASCA Level 3 and YMCA certified coach who has coached Y National qualifiers, MD Top 10 swimmers, YMCA Top 10 swimmers and District Champions.  Adam started swimming for age group swim teams in Alaska, Japan, Louisiana, and Hawaii at the age of 5. He continued his swimming career at Frostburg State University, where he earned his degree in Exercise Science, and was the team captain for his final two seasons. In addition to the YCM team, Adam spends his summers coaching in the CMSL league.  His previous coaching experience includes being the assistant coach at the Cumberland Y and  Hunting Hills.   During the day Adam works as a stay at home dad for his 3 children Charlotte, Griffin and Oliver.

Coach Camilla Cleghorn

Head Center Coach - Dancel

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Coach Camilla has been a coach for five years, she previously coached at West High School in Knoxville, TN.  To Coach Camilla Swimming is an opportunity to "drown out" the daily noise and stressors of life. She appreciates the way the world seems to mute when you are underwater and she can focus on just on swimming.  She enjoys witnessing her swimmers recognize personal growth through hard work. She is driven by the results that come slower - character development and goal accomplishment. The excitement and sense of wonder through accomplishment a swimmer feels when they accomplish a set goal, be it complete their first race, win their heat, or make finals in an event, is contagious.  Her favorite stroke is butterfly as it's often considered the hardest stroke which contributes to the sense of accomplishment and confidence swimmers reach when they complete the stroke correctly.  Outside of swimming Coach Camilla enjoys spending time with her family, she loves to hike, kayak, cycle and kickbox.

Words that inspire her:

“You don’t have to be perfect to give 100%”

Coach Jonathan Burr

Head Center Coach - Orokawa

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Jonathan has coached for two years before coming to the Y up in Joppatowne, MD.  He swam for over 10 for a YMCA team in Connecticut and culminated his career Swimming for Towson University.  He was a distance swimmer for the Tigers, but swam every event at leat twice a season for his Y team.  Outside the pool Jonathan likes to relax with video games and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

Coach Brianne Leigh Palensky

Head Center Coach - Pasadena

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Brianne has been coaching for two years, previously for the Kings Landing Swim Team. She swam all four years in high school, where she qualified for states each year. She was captain of her team and enjoyed cheering on her teammates and helping teach them the fundamentals of the stroke. Her favorite stroke to swim and teach is breaststroke. Outside of swimming, you can find Brianne traveling and adventuring or watching her favorite team - the Washington Capitals.

Coach Jennifer Robinson

Head Center Coach - Ward

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Coach Jennifer has been coaching for 18 years, she competed at Worlds in 2010, qualifying in the 50, 100, and 200 back, as well as the 50 and 100 fly. Her favorite stroke to teach is breastroke, she loves seeing swimmers of any age and ability learn new skills. Coach Jennifer respects how hard swimming can be to learn and any step forward, no matter how small is a huge success.  Outside of coaching she loves to read, and still competes as a Masters Swimmer.  Her sports idol is Josh Davis - he is a regular guy who knows the importance of hard work and how it can pay off in the long run.  Coach Jennifer is from Montana and misses the snow!

Words that inspire her:

"As long as I am able bodied, I have no excuse to stop trying."

Melanie Greenhill

Team Administrator

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Melanie has been employed with the Y in Central Maryland for two years.  As well as working for the Y, Melanie is the secretary for the Chesapeake and Potomac Swimming League.   She has five years’ experience with swim teams as an administrator and is a prior swim team parent.   Her daughter Lauren swam competitively from the age of 6 until she was 14.  Melanie brings not only administrative experience but a parent’s view point to the team.  When not working at the Y, she enjoys volunteering and hanging out with her family.

Dancel Coaching Staff

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Coach Mark Cronin

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Mark has been coaching for eight years.  During the summer he coaches for Watermont and has also coached at Wheaton Haven.  Swimming has been an activity that he has participated in since he was six years old. He was a collegiate swimmer while at the University of Delaware.  Swimming has provided life lessons in sportsmanship, discipline, time management and friendships. To this day swimming is an activity that he looks forward to doing and provides an outlet from the day to day stresses of life.   His favorite stroke is freestyle, he enjoys watching swimmers improve and their enthusiasm for the sport.

Coach Robert Foyles

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Robert is in his second year of coaching.  His favorite stroke to teach is butterfly due to it's intricacies, and how wonderful the stroke looks once mastered.    He enjoys the growth and confidence that children gain when they get to express themselves through the aquatic movement of swimming.  Swimming to Coach Robert is a sport that perfectly blends grace, and power into a movement that is awe inspiring and aesthetically appealing.

Words that inspire him:

"When the hard times come at ya remember this, something's gotta give and it ain't gonna be me" - Sage

Coach Lynn L Gibbons

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Lynn has been involved with Y swimming her entire life.  She began swimming competitively at the Y in Dancel the year it opened and continued through high school.  While at the Y In Dancel she competed in five consecutive Y Nationals.  She continued her swimming career at CCC where she was a Top-16 Junior College swimmer, Junior College Nationals competitor, and 2 year All-American.  After college, Coach Lynn was the Co-Head Coach at the Y in Dancel for five years, coaching many Y Nationals qualifiers.  She took a break from coaching to focus on her career as a pediatric nurse, but was pulled back into coaching the sport she loves when her daughter started swimming at Watermont Swim Club 16 years ago.

While at Watermont, Coach Lynn started their very successful Junior Coach program and has been the Head Coach for the past 6 summers.  She rejoined the Y in Dancel as our Head Mini's Coach in 2009.   "Crazy Coach Lynn" has a passion for teaching our younger swimmers the fundamentals of swimming as well as the Y  Principles of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

Coach Brian Hinz

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Brian began swimming competitively at age 5.  He was a New York state high school regional finalist in butterfly and backstroke before swimming collegiately at Buffalo State College.  Coach Brian has been competing since 2010 as a member of the Central Maryland YMCA Masters team, where he holds nearly a dozen individual and relay records.  He has also been a member of three national top ten relays and has finished in the top ten at USMS nationals.  He joined the YCM coaching staff in 2014.  His favorite stroke is butterfly and he especially enjoys helping swimmers improve their stroke mechanics.

Coach Adam Korzec

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Shadell D Segree

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Coach Brittany Seldon

Assistant Coach - Dancel

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Orokawa Coaching Staff

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Coach Zach D Brech

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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This is Coach Zach's third year of coaching.  Coach Zach believes that swim team is family, he enjoys helping swimmers reach their goals, whether swimming faster or helping them be better than they think they can be. His favorite stroke to teach is breaststroke.

Words that inspire him:

"Just Keep Swimming!"

Coach Olivia Evans

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Olivia has been a swim coach for five years.  She has previously coached at the Michael Phelps Swim School and the Reading YMCA.  Swimming has been her whole life, it is always something she feels she can do well in and aim to achieve more in.  Currently she is a member of the Towson University Championship Team.  Although backstroke is Coach Olivia’s strongest stroke, she enjoys teaching butterfly as it is one of the hardest strokes to teach.  She enjoys seeing improvement in her swimmers.

Words that inspire her:

“Work hard, stay humble”

Coach Zachary Nathaniel Huether

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Lynn Juan

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Lynn has been coaching for eight years.  Outside of coaching at the Y she has coached at Tigerfish Aquatic Club, MD. Joppatowne Swim Team, MD. Cherry Valley Swim Team, NJ. Woodcrest Swim Team, NJ.  Coach Lynn is originally from New Jersey, where she started swimming at 7 years old; she met all of her closet friends while swimming. Throughout middle school and high school she also ran cross country, and played basketball and softball. Coach Lynn attended Towson University, where she studied Forensic Chemistry and Criminal Justice and was also a member of the Division 1 Women's swim team. Swimming can be a competitive environment, and can also be a lot of fun. Swimming has taught her how to remain organized and motivated, and has also helped her develop as a leader.  Her favorite stroke to teach is freestyle; she enjoys the different drills and sets that she can teach her swimmers.  When not on the pool deck, Coach Lynn enjoys running and being outdoors.

Words that inspire her:

“Don't count every lap, make every lap count!”

Coach Amanda Longstreth

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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Coach Amanda has been coaching for five years. She has a naturally cheerful upbeat disposition , she absolutely LOVES all aspects of swimming and her truest talent is connecting patiently with children of all ages and abilities.  She taught for Baltimore County as an elementary school teacher for ten years and has a masters in Special education.

Words that inspire her:

"The question is not really whether or not you go on , but rather how are you going to enjoy it?"-Robert Churman

Coach Ashley Randolph

Assistant Coach - Orokawa

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As a Swim Coach for the Y of Central Maryland and USA Swimming swim team, Coach Ashley works with swimmers of all ages and loves witnessing a swimmer grow and master a stroke.  Swimming competitively for years, Ashley enjoys helping others to have fun while learning the art of swimming and the art of good, solid sportsmanship.  She studied at Wake Forest University and is also a marketing and event planning professional.  When Ashley isn’t coaching, you’ll find her swimming, hiking, doing yoga, or strolling through art museums.

Words that inspire her:

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." -Dennis P. Kimbro

Pasadena Coaching Staff

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Coach Ashley M McDonald

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Coach Ashley has been coaching for one year, she loves to coach freestyle as it was her favorite stroke to swim when she competed, she enjoys seeing the swimmers she coaches improve and achieve their goals..  Swimming isn't just exercise to Coach Ashley it is a stress reliever and a great way to meet wonderful people who are all part of a unique community.  When not on deck coaching, Coach Ashley enjoys spending time with her two little boys, travelling and studying history.

Coach Cassandra Jolena McLemore

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Coach Cassi has been coaching for ten years.  Swimming is more than a sport to Coach Cassi, it was the one sport that she could do without getting injured (she is a klutz on dry land). She loves teaching butterfly as it was her favorite stroke to swim growing up, she loves coaching especially seeing swimmers faces light up with excitement and pride when they know they are doing a good job.  Both of Coach Cassi's daughters are Blue Crabs.  When not coaching Coach Cassi loves to read and do crafts with her girls.  Coach Cassi draws inspiration from her mom who was a Championship Swimmer.

Words that inspire her:

Your athleticism is only temporary, but your character lasts forever. Be compassionate, be grateful, be honest, be humble, be kind.

 

 

Coach Deanna M Petrelis

Assistant Coach - Pasadena

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Coach Deanna has been coaching for ten years.  She swam on a Division I college team for four years.  She has trained NCAA Division I Championship swimmers, as well as Gold Medal team members from Team USA Paralympic Swimming.  Coach Deanna’s favorite stroke is freestyle, she enjoys the rhythm of long distance swimming.  She is driven to inspire swimmers through her coaching. When not swimming you can find her reading and learning.

Words that inspire her:

“Keep moving forward” – Walt Disney and “If you can dream it… you can achieve it” - Balor

Ward Coaching Staff

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Coach James Quinn

Assistant Coach - Ward

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Coach James is new to the Y in Central Maryland Team. He was previously at Prospect Park Swim Team where he was a junior coach for two years.  To Coach James swimming is a life-long experience. Competitive Swimming has been a part of his life since he was 3 years old. More recently, Swimming has helped him lose 70 lbs. and become a successful triathlete. He believes it is a skill you never forget, and to which you can always return.  He loves helping swimmers reach their goals.  His favorite stroke is Butterfly due to the amount of detail required to learn and master the stroke correctly.  The moment a swimmer achieves the stroke is a fantastic accomplishment that they will never forget. 

Words that inspire him:

"Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things." - Joe Paterno

Coach Mary Cae Tillie

Assistant Coach - Ward

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Coach Mary Cae has been coaching for six years, while coaching her High School boys’ team they placed 6th at the Maryland State Championship with only eight swimmers.  Both of Coach Mary Cae’s girls swam in college so she has lots of fun meet stories.  Coach Mary Cae’s favorite stroke is freestyle – when the technique is good it is so pretty to watch.  She is driven by a coach by the moment a swimmer “gets it!”  Outside of swimming you can find Coach Mary Cae camping and surf fishing.

Words that inspire her:

“Don’t look back, keep moving forward”

Weinberg Coaching Staff

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