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Kylie Sheapp

Co-Head Swim Coach


Kylie started swimming for the Olney Mill Swim Club at the age of 7 before joining the Tanterra Tarpons when she was 13.  She swam year-round for RMSC as one of their “mini’s” before joining the Flying Gull Aquatic Club at the age of 9.  After 9 years with FGAC, Kylie made a move to swim for Machine Aquatics. 

Kylie swam for Sherwood High School all 4 years and was nominated as Captain her senior year.   Kylie led the girls team to a second place finish at the Maryland State Championship her senior year. Kylie graduated from Towson University with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is a first grade teacher at South Lake Elementary.

Kylie is looking forward to another great season with the Tarpons!


Ryan Burnsky

Co-Head Swim Coach


Coach Burnsky was very excited to join the Tanterra Tarpons for the summer 2016 season.  He swam with the Olney Mill Otter (the Dark Side) for fourteen years, serving as an assistant coach and Head Coach for ten additional years. Ryan help many Olney Mill records from 8 and under through the 13-14 age group, and held the MCSL Record in 8 and Under and 9-10 25 Breast for a short stint. Ryan swam for RMSC and Sherwood High School from 2001-2005, lettering all four years, and being named Captain for his Junior and Senior season. Ryan was also a four year member of Sherwood lacrosse, and Rock'N'Roll Revival...once upon a time. Ryan briefly (very briefly) continued to swim at Virginia Tech after high school.  Ryan double majored in History and Secondary Education graduating from Towson University.

Ryan teaches at John F. Kennedy High School, and has coached Blake Swim and Dive for six years and Sherwood JV Lacrosse for the past three years.

Bella Varron

Assistant Swim Coach


Bella started her time as a Tarpon on pre-team when she was 6 years old and quickly fell in love with the sport of swimming. She began swimming year round for the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club when she was 9 years old and was on the Sherwood High School Swim Team all four years of high school. She has spent the last 5 summers as a pre-team assistant coach or a junior swim team coach and also worked for the Montgomery Stroke & Turn Clinic in Rockville and Gaithersburg this past winter.
Bella will be attending Towson University in the fall and hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. She is looking forward to coaching this summer and hopes to make her last season as a Tarpon swimmer a memorable one!

Declan Black

Assistant Swim Coach


Declan started swimming at Tanterra on the pre-team. He enjoyed it so much that he started swimming year-round with RMSC. He swam for Sherwood High School all four years, and was a captain of the team his senior year. Never far from the pool, Declan has spent the last several summers as a lifeguard, spending alot of time teaching swim lessons to children. He has also been an assistant pre-team coach for the Tarpons since he was 13.

Declan will be attending the University of Maryland this fall in the Material Science and Engineering school. He is really happy to be an assistant swim coach this summer and is looking forward to a great Tarpon season!

Kennedy Nolan

Pre-Team Head Coach


Kennedy has been a part of the Tanterra swim team since she was 6 years old. Kennedy learned how to swim through the Tanterra preteam and has been on the swim team every summer. She swims in the National Training Group for RMSC and has been a part of their program for 10 years. Kennedy has been on the Sherwood High School girl's varsity swim team all four years of her high school career. She was nominated as a captain of the swim team her senior year and helped contribute to the girl's undefeated 2017/2018 season. 

Kennedy will be attending Florida Institute of Technology in the fall where she will major in civil engineering as well as be a part of the swim team.

Kennedy is super excited to work with the preteamers this season!


Cody Carlson

Head Dive Coach


Cody joined the Tanterra Dive team when he was 7 or 8 but didn’t make his first big slash until he was 11 and made it to Divisionals and All Stars.  He was hooked.  He starting diving with MDC on their National Team starting in 8th grade and through most of high school, competing at States for 3 of the 4 years.  He injured his back, had surgery and came back a few months later, determined to make States again. He was captain of the dive team at Sherwood for his junior and senior years.  He’s very excited to be the head coach this year at Tanterra, where his love for diving all started.  Cody is attending Flagler College, in St. Augustine, this coming fall, majoring in Political Science and Spanish.

Ben Ostrinsky

Assistant Dive Coach


Ben Ostrinsky officially joins the coaching staff this season as a Jr. Assistant Coach after serving as a Volunteer Assistant last season. Ben joined the Tanterra Dive Team in 2011 when he was 8 years old. He learned to dive at Tanterra and over the years has gone to Divisionals twice. During the 2017 season he placed 2nd at Divisionals and qualified for All-Stars where he placed 6th.

As a freshman at Magruder this past year, Ben has been a percussionist for the MHS Marching Band, played quads in the Drumline and was a member of the Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical, Legally Blonde. And, of course, he joined the Magruder Swim & Dive team where he had a very successful first season. But his crowning achievement to date was becoming a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Ben is very excited to be coaching again this summer as he loves working with the great kids at Tanterra.