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Mark Saroni

Head Coach

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Coach Mark is an accomplished endurance athlete and the founder and Head Coach of Paragon Training. Saroni has been involved in triathlon since 2003 and has been coaching fellow athletes toward their goals for nearly as long. Saroni's unique coaching style and knowledge are built on years of racing, including four years as a professional triathlete. His education is also a key component in training his athletes. In 2011, Saroni graduated with a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. As a premier athlete and coach in South Texas, it is Saroni's mission to assist others in their pursuit of excellence. He is currently the head coach of UTSA Triathlon Club, BASIS Charter School swim team, San Antonio Christian School swim team, and the Ironman and USAT Club "Team Paragon."

 

In 2019, Saroni led the San Antonio Christian School (SACS) Boys and Girls swim team to dual TAPPS Division II State Championship Titles, the first time in school history that a boys and girls athletic team won a State Championship in the same year.

 

Saroni continues to pursue athletic excellence in his own life. His most recent accomplishments are winning both Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake and Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2017. Saroni was also a three-time USAT All American and top-ten finisher in the 20-24 age group at Age Group Nationals. He was the #1 ranked triathlete in the South Midwest Region in 2011. 

Caleb Andrew Manifold

Assistant Swim Coach

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Christian Taylor Larsen

Assistant Swim Coach

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Education
Biola University - studying Film & TV
San Antonio Christian High School
 
My name is Christian Larsen. I started swimming when I was a freshman at San Antonio Christian High School (SACS) and fell in love with it. I swam all 4 years in my high school career and helped bring home the State Championship in 2019, senior year. Personally, I finished 3rd in the 50 freestyle and 2nd in the 100 freestyle. I wanted to continue swimming in college and found Biola University. At the time of writing this, I will be a sophomore at Biola University. I am studying Cinema & Media Arts, which are fancy terms for Film & TV. I am also on the swim team as well. Biola is a NCAA Division 2 team in the Pacific West Conference. 
 
The St. Patricks Sprint Triathlon was my first triathlon. After swimming with Coach Mark Saroni he told me about these things called “triathlons” that consisted of swimming, cycling, and running. I decided to try one out and ended up loving it. I placed top 100 out of 700 people, and placed 7th in my age group. In 2019, I raced in the Kerville Triathlon (olympic distance) and placed top 3 in my age group.  
 
Highlights
NCAA Division 2 swimmer
Won TAPPS State Championship 2019
Placed 2nd & 3rd in individual events in TAPPS State Championship 2019
Placed top 3 in age group at Kerville Triathlon 2019