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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

Tim Larkin

Head 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.

Cyndy S von Weller

Associate Head Swim Coach

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Cyndy was a lifelong fitness swimmer and enjoyed participating in open-water swimming events. She has been involved with Oregon swimming since 1993 as a Stroke & Turn official for 10 years. Cyndy earned her ASCA Coaching Level 5 education certification and ASCA Coaching Level 4 certification for both education and experience. She has attended coaching clinics at Olympic Training centers and continues to attend the ASCA world conference yearly.  She coached the Southridge High School swim team from 2002-2005.  The program grew from 17 to 75 athletes. The Southridge team was 2004 Boy's Metro-League champions, and Cyndy was named 2004 Metro League "Coach of the Year". She began working with the MAC swim team as a member coach in 2001, becoming Swim Lesson Program Supervisor and Pre-Competitive Coach in 2004. Cyndy brought the new SwimAmerica swim lesson program to MAC in the spring of 2005.  She started working as a full time Age Group coach in 2008, became Head Age Group coach in 2013, and Associate Head Coach in 2018.  

Alex S Johnson

Assistant Coach

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Alex has been around water for as long as he can remember. It all started when his dad took him to the deep end when he was 5, pushed him out and said, "Swim back to me!" Growing up in Portland, Alex took swim lessons and swam competitively for his entire childhood including Summer League, CYO, and USA Swimming with Portland Aquatic Club. He earned a varsity letter all 4 years at Jesuit High School and swam for Southern Methodist University for 3 years where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015.

Alex began working at the MAC in November of 2015 as a lifeguard and swim instructor, eventually being promoted to Lifeguard Coordinator and now Assistant Swim Coach working with the Senior Prep and Senior squad. He discovered his passion for coaching age-group level kids with his old team, Portland Aquatic Club, for 2 years before taking the opportunity to coach at MAC.

When not coaching, Alex enjoys watching football (Go Ducks!), exploring Portland’s food and beer scene, hiking, cooking, working out, and swimming in the Willamette River.

Chyna C Fish

Assistant Coach

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Chyna was born a fish, literally and figuratively! She was a competitive swimmer for thirteen years as a member of multiple swim teams in Oregon and Washington. She has worked as a swim instructor for the last five years at different atheletic facilities, including the MAC since November of 2017.

Her love for teaching and swimming has turned into a budding career in coaching, and she is currently attending Portland State University for a major in Applied Health and Fitness with a focus in Health Coaching.

Her favorite stroke has always been freestyle, although she enjoys a little butterfly from time to time. She loves to drink coffee, eat pizza, and binge watch shows on Netflix.