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2018 Larkey Sharks Coaches...Go Sharks!

Coaching Staff

Kevin Raab

Head coach

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What is your favorite stroke?  Backstroke is my favorite to teach right now.

What do you love about swimming?  I like the personal challenge of swimming.  Everyone can have their own successes and you are not dependent on others to achieve your goals.  I also like how it makes the impossible possible.

Favorite pre-meet meal? I used to love the pancakes they served before the Santa Clara International meet.

Favorite post-meet meal? Pinky’s Pizza

Something interesting you think the swimmers don't know about you?  I swam for Larkey in 1995.

Maria Freeman

Assistant head coach

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My favorite thing about swimming is:   I love the deep friendships I've made and the community swimming has given me.  The Larkey community is especially amazing.

Favorite swimming stroke: Breaststroke :) 

Favorite pre-meet meal: A protein smoothie and some sort of bar 

Favorite post-meet meal: Cheese pizza, pasta, and caesar salad 

What I like to do with my spare time:  My favorite places are the beach and Tahoe.  I love to travel, hike, and run...and I have 14 family members!! (8 are animals) 

Nate Burkhart

Assistant head coach

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While awaiting Nate's responses to the questions posed of him... I can tell you a little bit about him!  Nate loves to exercise and keep in shape.  He is an excellent butterfly swimmer (ask him to show you sometime!)  He eats very healthy and has a huge tattoo of a shark on his torso!  His future plans include teaching English internationally.  Welcome back to the coaching staff, Nate!
 

Hannah Edwards

Coach

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What is your favorite stroke?  Backstroke
What do you love about swimming (and/or Larkey)?  Swimming allows me to relax and escape from reality, while also getting a great workout.
Favorite pre-meet meal?  A giant bowl of spaghetti and meatballs
Favorite post-meet meal?  Anything in sight!
Something interesting you think the swimmers don't know about you.. I have a twin brother

Thomas Seibel

Coach

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What is your favorite stroke?  Freestyle.

What do you love about swimming (and/or Larkey)?  My favorite things about swimming for Larkey are the amazing bonds and friendships that you make throughout the years. Also being able to have fun while competing to do your best! 
 
Favorite pre-meet meal?  Caesar salad and pasta.
 
Favorite Post-Meet meal:  Pizza!
 
Something interesting about me is... Outside of swimming my favorite sport is baseball, which I played in high school for 4 years!  In my free time I love to workout, go mountain biking, and hang out with friends. I also currently attend DVC and am studying to become an elementary school teacher!  I can’t wait for another amazing year with Larkey!

Jack Gray

Junior coach

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My favorite thing about swimming is:  I love the people that swimming has introduced me to, and also just being in the water.

Favorite swimming stroke: I.M., breast or fly

Favorite pre-meet meal: Just some fruit and water.

Favorite post-meet meal: Cheese pizza.

What I like to do with my spare time: Swim in the ocean, bike ride, and talking to my mom:) 

Hope Garrigan

Junior coach

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Favorite thing about swimming: The connections I make with other people I meet, and the stronger my passion becomes for the sport.

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly

Favorite Pre-Meet Meal: Trail Mix

Favorite Post-Meet Meal: Burrito

What I like to do with my spare time: Walk my dogs (five pugs!) or play with them.

Ashley Larson

Junior Coach

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What is your favorite stroke?  Breaststroke
What do you love about swimming (and/or Larkey)?  I love the personal challenge that is evoked through swimming. There’s something motivational about being in the water everyday and it’s what always brings me back to the sport and Larkey
Favorite pre-meet meal?  Probably a fruit smoothie and Luna bar
Favorite post-meet meal?  Definitely pizza or pasta
Something interesting you think the swimmers don't know about you.. A couple of hobbies of mine include creative writing, playing with my pup, and playing guitar. I also row for Oakland Strokes!
 
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