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Current Swimming Coaching Staff

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Coaching Staff

Ann Brewer

Head Coach

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University of Maine '93

B.S. in  Exercise Physiology/Exercise Science

Coach Ann formed Cascades Swim Academy and Current Swimming upon moving to Bend, Oregon in 2011 out of need to provide technically specific training for the competitive swimming athletes of Bend, Oregon.  Ann comes from a swimming background that began as early as six years old as an age grouper in Massachusetts and eventually came to earn top honors and state titles in her region at the highschool level.  Ann went on to swim at the University of Maine and continued into a masters swimming career where she continued to gain state title and record honors,  ten USMS Top Ten National rank honors, and a USMS National Relay Record.

Coach Ann switched gears from racing to coaching in 1999 when she began coaching in California for the Vacaville Swim Club where she began the Vacaville Swim Club Masters.  She then went onto Texas where she coached and trained at Alamo Area Aquatics and the Masters of South Texas.  Moving onto Ohio four years later with a husband in the military, Ann was blessed to apprentice at  the nationally ranked Dayton Raiders for four years where she worked with the Bronze group and eventually came to lead the Silver group.

Ann has had the pleasure to work with and train National, Sectional, Zone and State Champions/record holders in both the age group and masters divisions as well as coach on four  Ohio Zone teams and head the Ohio Zone Select Camp in her final year in Dayton.

Upon the relocation to Bend, Ann's team has compilied numerous individual State Titles and Records, as well regularly placed swimmers at the Senior Sectional, Futures , Jr National  and Olympic Trials levels.  Mulitple swimmers have been selected to attend Oregon Zone camps, Oregon Senior High Altitiude Camps as well as sending a swimmer to the USA Swimming National Select Camp at he Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs.  

Ann contributes all her groups fast swimming to just simply having fun and enjoying the process!  Current Swimming is made up of swimmers who not only love the pool, but love to test their limits. On a team with no practice requirements, Coach Ann's team averages an 90% and better attendance rank for all gorups!  

In her spare time Ann enjoys the lifestyle of Bend: skiing, running, cycling and horse back riding on are among her favorites to do with her family: Husband, Jon, children, Madison, Tommy and Sarah, and family faithfuls, Sampson (a black lab) and Duke ( a Coonhound)!

Danny Weinberg

Assistant Coach

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Northwestern University, 2010

B.S. Education and Social Policy

Danny is extremely excited to join Current Swimming for the upcoming short course season!

Still a Midwesterner at heart, Danny grew up in Highland Park, IL, a suburb located about 30 miles north of Chicago.  It was there that Danny joined a USA swimming team at age 8.  Danny committed to year round swimming at age 11 and eventually went on to compete for his high school team along with his local USA club.  Primarily specializing in butterfly and IM, Danny was a 2 year captain at Highland Park High School (HPHS).  Danny also was an all-sectional water polo player at HPHS. 

In 2006, in his first summer home from college, Danny began coaching at Highland Park Aquatics Club (HPAC) in the club’s maiden season.  Danny enjoyed coaching so much that he decided to continue coaching throughout the school year.  In 2010, Danny became the head coach of HPAC.  After taking this new position, Danny at first focused more on the Age Group Program, before becoming more involved with the Senior Program.  Throughout his tenure, Danny was able to grow the club from 70 swimmers to over 200 swimmers.  Danny coached several Illinois State Age Group Champions, Swimmers in the National Age Group Top 10, Speedo Sectional Qualifiers, and Junior National Qualifiers in his tenure at HPAC. Several of his former athletes are currently swimming at D1 schools.  In addition he has been a member of the Illinois Central Zones Team coaching staff and worked at USA Swimming Age Group camps.  Danny also was the head coach of the HPHS girls’ water polo team.   Though proud of his accomplishments, Danny takes most pride in the work ethic and character of the athletes that he has worked with. 

Looking to climb more mountains and pursue more challenging bike rides, Danny relocated to Bend in the summer of 2016.  He currently works as the Academic Teacher and Adventure Education Coordinator at New Vision, a wilderness therapy organization located in town.  When Danny’s not in the woods or on the pool deck, you can likely find him up skiing at Mt. Bachelor, hiking in the Cascades, or paddling on one of the nearby lakes.  

Kermit Yensen

Assistant Coach

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B.A. Economics, Denison University 1975
Masters Business Administration, Harvard Business School 1981

Kermit started swimming in summer swim leagues in Maryland in the day when 45 min practices 3x per week was the norm.  But by age 14 he was a 54 second 100 yard freestyler, and sub minute 100 yard flyer.  Then he played high school football for three years before deciding  to swim in college – he liked his swimming teammates better than his football teammates.  He chose Dension University in Ohio largely because he knew they would tolerate a “developing” swimmer better than his other choices.  The going was slow and painful initially but he finished his career as team captain, as an eight time conference finalist in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and with one invite to the NCAA Division II championships.   During the summers between years at Denison Kermit coached an age group program in Maryland, and very much enjoyed the teaching and the connection to the swimmers.

Next came a thirty-five year business career that took Kermit to Boston, MA, and Corvallis, OR, Grenoble, France and Portland, OR.  During that time Kermit was a triathlete and runner – only an occasional swimmer.  That changed in 2001 when Kermit became a partner in a company in Hillsboro, OR, driving right past the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center on the way to work.  He found the commute went better if it started at the THills pool at 5:15am for master’s practice.  Kermit has very much enjoyed the past sixteen years of Masters Swimming, including learning / relearning how to swim competitively, racing / placing at several National Championship meets, coaching for the THIlls masters team and, most recently, racing in the wonderful Oregon lakes.  

In 2010 Kermit semi-retired, he and his wife of 38 years, Diane, moved to Bend.  Not too long after arriving he started swimming with the Central Oregon Masters Aquatics, and shortly after that got to know Ann Brewer, one of the Master’s coaches, and got excited about what she was doing with Current Swimming.

Kermit started coaching with Ann and Current Swimming in the fall of 2012.  He enjoys being on deck with other coaches and swimmers, and helping swimmers of all abilities work toward their swimming goals, whether that is setting a personal record, racing a new stroke or distance, or reaching for high school or state or OSI records.  He is on the board of the Oregon Masters organization promoting swimming as wonderful exercise for adults – including those making the transition from high school or college swimmer to an adult swimmer!

 

Madison A Brewer

Assistant Coach

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Madison came to Current Swimming's Coaching Staff in the summer of 2015. Madison, herself, was a Current Swimmer for three years after a lifetime of swimming at various clubs around the country as an 'airforce brat' . Madi's time in the pool yeilded great results.  in her three short years of Current, Madison managed to complie Senior Sectional qualifying times/final swims, an Oregon 5a Highschool State Championship in the 100 back, and was a contributing member the Oregon State 5a Championship Team Summit Highschool years '12,'13,'14. 

Madison went on to swim for the University of Idaho in the Div 1 NCAA conference of Mountain West.  While at Idaho Madison clinched the conference win in the 200 backstroke her freshaman year.  

While a back injury left Madison unable to return to the University of Idaho, Current Swimming was able to benefit from her years in the pool to service it's younger swimmers on the deck.  Madison, in just her one year with the Current, has grown the Silver and Bronze group to inlcude two new A quailifying swimmers with many more developing the needed foundations to succeed as well.

Madison is currently studying at the Sage School of Massage to obtain her LMT license as well as studying to become a certified Yoga instructor. 

Off the deck Madison enjoys riding her cruiser bike around Bend, walking her dog Henry, hiking the Cascades, downhill skiing, paddleboarding and yes...swimming!

Board of Directors

Ruth Ann Valdivia

President

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Alicia Tujo

Secretary

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Debbie Pappa

Treasurer

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