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MAC Swim Coaches

The goal of the program is to expand the participation of junior members as well as the competitive level of participants. MAC Swimming program has been providing competitive swimming success for its members for over 100 years. This outstanding program has been successful from the local to the Olympic level.

Participating in this program fosters a healthy, attentive mind, which is eager for learning of all kinds. This activity provides the personal, social, and intellectual supports for individual growth. Dreams, the stimuli for youth, can be realized in the positive and challenging environment found at the MAC. The swim program provides opportunities for all interested junior swimmers at the MAC to engage in a wholesome, lifetime, lifesaving, sport and personal activity.

Coach's Responsibility

The prime responsibility of our coaching staff is to help develop each swimmer under their direction to the fullest potential of the swimmers' interests and abilities. There are different parts to this responsibility, but they all revolve around providing interested people with the opportunity to learn to swim fast. First of all, the coach is to provide our swimmers with the best possible stroke work and training for their stage of development. Next, the coach provides incentives for swimmers in an effort to spur on their interest. Finally, the coach must help develop a strong, supportive environment in which all swimmers feel comfortable and can support one another in their efforts to become the best swimmer that they can become.

We are here to support your needs. For all questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact your squad's coach.

Coaching Staff

Alex Y Nikitin

Head Coach

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Alex is originally from Minsk, Belarus where he was a member of the Modern Pentathlon National Team for five years. He was a 2-time National Champion, and competed internationally. Alex holds an equivalent of Masters Degree in Physical Education and Sport Science.
 
Alex has been coaching competitive swimmers of all ages at MAC since 1994, and loves everything about the sport and the Club. He coached athletes to State, Junior and National Championships and Olympic Trials. Under his guidance, MAC swimmers achieved numerous National Top 10 Rankings (including two #1), set State, Sectional records, and one National Age group record. Many of his swimmers have gone on to successful collegiate careers, and continue to enjoy an active lifestyle in their adult life.
 
Alex is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and clinician. He made presentations at the International Center of Aquatics Research in Lund, Sweden, National Age Group Coaches Conferences organized by USA Swimming, conducted numerous clinics for coaches and swimmers, and was a member of a panel at the USA Swimming Age Group Development Forum. Also, in collaboration with the USA Swimming sports scientists, he developed the USA Swimming race analysis software for the national performance-tracking program.
 
He serves on the Oregon Swimming Board of Directors, in charge of OSI Time Standards and in Nominations Committee. Alex was voted 2003 Oregon Age Group Coach of the Year, and 2016 Oregon Senior Coach Of the Year.
 
In his spare time, Alex swims, runs, trains and competes in marathon racing. He ran 11 marathons, including Boston '08 and Montreal '09.

Cyndy S von Weller

Age Group Coach

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Cyndy has been a life long fitness swimmer. She has enjoyed participating in open water swimming events. All three of her children swam competitively. Her youngest son swam with MAC for 10 years.
 
Cyndy has been involved with Oregon swimming since 1993. She was a Stroke & Turn official for 10 years. She was a stroke and turn trainer, certified lifeguard, experienced WSI instructor, and has earned her Level 4 ASCA certification as well as attending several coaching clinics at different Olympic Training centers. She has attended the ASCA world conferences yearly. Cyndy brought the new Swim America program to MAC in the spring of 2005.
 
Cyndy coached the Southridge high school swim team from 2002 - 2005. She developed Southridge's small team of 17 the first year to a team of 75 by the third year winning the title "Boy's Metro-League champions". She was awarded the 2004 Metro League "Coach of the Year".
 
Cyndy began working with the MAC swim team as a member coach in 2001. She continued as a member coach until accepting the position of MAC Swim Lesson Program Supervisor and Developmental Coach in December of 2004. Cyndy is currently coaching the Age Group athletes.

Brooke Ashleigh Santos

Pre-Competitive Coach

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Brooke Ashleigh Santos, 26 from London; has been in the States for 8 years now. She came to California on a swimming scholarship to Fresno Pacific University where she was swim team captain for 4 out of her 5 years of college. her main events were 1650 Free, 500Free, 200Free and 400IM.

The college experience taught her so many values to life. Being part of an amazing team and winning individual and team titles absolutely grew her love for the sport. Here at the MAC she is excited to coach the pre competitive group. Which really is the first experience to the world of swimming competitively.

Brooke enjoys working out, and also runs her own fitness and nutrition business. She enjoys helping others live a happy healthy life. Her hobbies include swimming, beach days and relaxing with friends and family and reading. 

Tim Larkin

Assistant Swim Coach

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Swimming has been a part of Tim's life since he was very young.  He was born and raised in New York where he swam competitively from the age of 9 through his senior year in college.  He attended the University of Stony Brook where he received his Bachelor's in Sociology. During his time at Stony Brook, he was a team captain and 2 time team MVP.

Tim has over 12 years of coaching experience.  His coaching experience began at the age of 16 when working with Hilltop Swim Club in Yonkers, NY.  From 2006-2009, he was the Assistant Coach of the Boys and Girls Swim team for Washingtonville High School. During this time, he was also the Assistant Head Coach at Viking Aquatic Club in Montgomery, NY. 

Tim moved to Oregon in 2009 and became the Head Coach of North Coast Swim Club.  Most recently, he coached for Tualatin Hills Swim Club, working with all levels of the team, from directing the pre-competitive program, running the 10&under novice squad to working directly with developmental and advanced middle school, high school and college swimmers.  Tim has coached his swimmers to become multiple OSI, Age Group Regional, Zone and Senior Sectional champions as well as OSI record holders.

In his free time Tim enjoys hiking with his wife Paige and his dog Ollie, Crossfit, swimming, cooking, music and all things Star Wars.

Jana McGill

Assistant Coach

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