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2021 Larkey Shark Coaches

Please welcome Scott Mendelssohn as our New Head Coach

Hooray for our 2021 coaching team!

Coaching Staff

Scott Mendelssohn

Head Coach

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I have had the honor of being associated with summer Rec swimming for the last 50 years, when I started swimming at Indian Valley at the age of 3. In those 50 years, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of swimmers, from the learn-to-swim, to the Olympic Qualifiers, to an American Record holder. 

I have coached with some of the best coaches around and have been able to learn so many great things from them, as well as the swimmers in those programs. I am so excited to bring and share all of this with Larkey.  Let's go Sharks!

 

Thomas Seibel

Assistant Coach

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Hi Sharks!  I am happy to be back at Larkey.  Currently, I am attending UC Davis.  My accomplishments include making County in Freestyle and Academic Honors at DVC.  I joined Larkey as a 13-year old who had no idea how to swim.  With the help and encouragement of my coaches, I ended up having an amazing experience.  I want the swimmers to have the same amazing experience that I had.  My interests outside of swimming are working out, handing out with my friends, and keeping up with my schoolwork.

Favorite swim stroke: Freestyle
Favorite pre meet meal: Larkey Market Sammie
Favorite post meet meal: Smoothie
Favorite Larkey tradition: Camp out 
Favorite jam that gets you dancing: Baby Shark, dooo dooo dooooo

Jake Simpson

Assistant Coach

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Hey Sharks! My name is Jake Simpson. I've been a Shark since I was 5 years old and have been near the pool from that moment on! Throughout high school, I swam and played water polo on Varsity for all 4 years. I currently just graduated from UCLA while playing two years of water polo there. I was a part of the 2017 National Championship team and then chose to pursue other extra curricular activities. These included surfing, hiking, joining a fraternity, coaching swimmers in Southern California, and focusing on academics to cap off my early 20's. I look forward to being back in the Larkey pool, seeing the Larkey family, and having a great 2021 Season! 

Favorite swim stroke: Breaststroke 
Favorite pre meet meal: Salmon and Greens
Favorite post meet meal: Ice Cream (DUH) 
Favorite Larkey tradition: Camp out 
Favorite jam that gets you dancing: "Sugar" - Maroon 5 

Ronnie Atencion

Junior Coach

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My name is Ronnie Atencion, but you can call me RJ.  I am a Senior at College Park High School.  In the fall I'll be attending college, still deciding where! I have been swimming since I was 7 years old.  I joined Larkey when I was 10.  I can't imagine swimming for any other team.  I hope to continue on the Larkey spirit with new and old swimmers.  If I'm not swimming, I'm playing Water Polo or video games.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer. 

Favorite stroke: Freestyle
Favorite pre meet meal: Jamba Juice (Ordering off their secret menu)
Favorite post meet meal: Burger and Vanilla Milkshake
Favorite Larkey tradition: Spirit Week

Favorite Song to Jam to: Anything Bruno Mars
 

Grace Brown

Junior Coach

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Hey Sharks! My name is Grace. I've been a Shark for 11 years! I'm currently attending Las Lomas High School. This Fall I will be attending college, hopefully somewhere in SoCal. I am part of the Varsity Swimming and Soccer team. I love going to the beach, riding at Soulcycle, and spending time with my friends and family. Looking forward to seeing the Larkey family! Go sharks!
 

Favorite swim stroke: Breaststroke 

Favorite pre meet meal: An English Muffin with Peanut Butter 

Favorite post meet meal: Pizza at Round Table

Favorite Larkey tradition: New Brighton Beach Camp Out

Favorite jam that gets you dancing: Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi

Portia Sasser

Junior Coach

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Hey Larkey Sharkies! My name is Portia Sasser.  I've been a Shark since I was four years old!  I'm currently attending Las Lomas High School.  This Fall I will be a Freshman at Indiana University to play water polo. I am on the Varsity Swimming and the Water Polo team. I also played Varsity lacrosse my freshman and sophomore year. I currently play 680 Club Water Polo year round. I love going to the beach, going to the open space with my dog, chilling with my cat, and adventuring with my friends. Looking forward to meeting more of the Larkey family! Go sharks!

Favorite swim stroke: Freestyle 
Favorite pre meet meal: Pasta and garlic bread, carb up!
Favorite post meet meal: Round Table cinnamon twists
Favorite Larkey tradition: The camp out
Favorite jam that gets you dancing: Omg by Usher, or anything by Pitbull

Maksim x Popov

Junior Coach

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Hi Larkey Sharks!  I'm Maksim Popov.  Currently a junior at College Park High School.  I've been swimming and playing water polo since I was a little kid.  Excited to be part of Larkey Sharks this summer.

Favorite swim stroke: 500m Freestyle
Favorite pre meet meal: Burgers
Favorite post meet meal: Smoothies
Favorite jam that gets you dancing: Hokey Pokey

Liam Stephenson

Assistant Junior Coach

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Hey Sharks. My name is Liam Stephenson. I’ve been a Larkey Shark for eight years. I’m currently a senior at Acalanes High School and am a part of the Varsity Swimming and Water Polo Team there. This fall I will be a freshmen at either Northern Arizona University, University of Oregon, or San Diego State. My favorite activities include traveling, fishing, golfing, watching sports, and playing video games. I look forward to this season and seeing Larkey family. Go Sharks!
Favorite stroke: backstroke
Favorite pre meet meal: waffles
Favorite post meet meal: cup-o-noodles
Favorite larkey tradition: Fourth of July trip
Favorite jam: ‘Halo’ by Beyonce

Sydney Maurer

Assistant Junior Coach

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Hey Sharks! My name is Sydney. I've been a Larkey Shark for 12 years! This fall I will be a senior at Las Lomas High School. I am also a part of the Las Lomas Swim and water polo teams. I love hanging out with my friends and listening to music. I'm super excited to be back in the water with all of you! I can’t wait for this season and to see my Larkey family! Go Sharks!

Favorite swim stroke: Backstroke
Favorite pre meet meal: A granola bar or cereal
Favorite post meet meal: Round Table
Favorite Larkey Tradition: Conference dinner
Favorite song: Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Lauren Simpson

Assistant Junior Coach

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My name is Lauren Simpson and I've been a Larkey Shark for 11 years. I am currently attending Carondelet High School and will be a junior in the fall. I love reading, watching movies, and driving around with friends! Looking forward to this season and seeing everyone again! Go Larkey!

Favorite stroke: Breastroke
Favorite pre-meet meal: bananas or Eggo waffles
Favorite post-meet meal: Round Table pizza
Favorite Larkey tradition: Camping trip
Favorite song: Forever & Always by Taylor Swift

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