Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, private lessons, national team tryouts and training and other swimming related needs, please contact Coach Jocilyn or your team coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach, Lacey Ethier.

Coaching Staff

Lacey Ethier

Club Head Coach


Lacey Ethier is the owner and head coach of Seattle Synchro. She will be lead coach the 12&U A squad this season. Lacey has been coaching for Seattle since 2007.   She swam for Seattle Synchro from 1998-2002 and competed both nationally and internationally as well as at the 2003 Olympic Trials.  Ethier has served as assistant coach to the 12& U National team camp in 2012. Lacey is also the current Pacific Northwest Association Administrative Chair. She lives in Redmond with her husband Vincent Ethier and daughter Vivienne.

Lacey is a skill assessor, Level 3 USA Synchro Coach, and Level 3F USA Synchro Judge.

Jocilyn Sayler

Head AG Coach


Jocilyn is the Junior team lead coach, 13-15 and 12&U A team coach. She has coached for Seattle since 2011. Jocilyn competed for the majority of her synchro career at Seattle where she swam at several national level meets and US Opens.  She also swam for WAVE Aquatics and high school swim teams, where she competed at WIAA State Championships in medley and backstroke events.  She has enjoyed working with athletes both at home and abroad develop their talents and qualify for national teams. Her athletes consistently place in finals at Junior Olympics. Jocilyn is part of the USA Synchro national team coaching staff and has a Master's degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.

Jocilyn is a Level 3 USA Synchro Coach and a Level 3 USA Synchro judge.

Cherity Hooyman

Age Group Coach


Cherity is the 2017-2018 12&U B Team Lead Coach. Cherity swam for Seattle Synchro from 1999-2002 and competed at age group nationals, junior nationals and US opens during her time swimming. She coached for Seattle for one year during college, but then moved away from the area after finishing college. Cherity loves sharing her passion for synchro and athletics with young swimmer and seeing them develop their skills. Aside from coaching Cherity and her husband Jason are both chiropractors and own their own practice in Seattle.
She is a Level 1 USA Synchro coach

Daniela Garmendia

Assistant Coach


Daniela will assist the 13-15 Age Group and Junior teams this season.  Daniela is orginally from Venezuela and has competed internationally as part of the Venezuelan national team.  She also swam collegiate synchro at Lindenwood University.  In addition to coaching, she currently works as a water therapy instructor.

Alyse Smythe

Intermediate Coach


Alyse will serve as the 2017-2018 13&O intermediate squad coach. Alyse has coached synchro for seven years in Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, coaching novice, intermediate, and age group swimmers. She previously competed with Seattle Synchro from 1998–2004 competing in a number of national meets.

She is a Level 1 USA Synchro Coach.

Katleen Snedeker

Novice, Mermaids & Seastars


Katleen "Katee" is the 2017-2018 Novice, Mermaids and Seastar Program lead coach. She has been coached a variety of age groups and skill levels at Seattle Synchro since 2012. She swam for Seattle Synchro for eight years. During her time as a swimmer she competed at Age Group and Junior Nationals, as well as US Opens. Katee is the education chair of the Pacific Northwest Association.  She currently resides in Mill Creek with her husband Kyle, and son Duke. 

Katee is currently a  Skill Assessor,  Level 3 USA Synchro Coach and Level 2 USA Synchro judge.

Yuki Maekawa

Figures Coach


Yuki Maekawa is Seattle Synchro's longest serving coach, having coached for the club for over 25 years. She brings a vast wealth of knowledge to Seattle.  Yuki was a member of the Japanese National team during the 1970s and in 2006 was awarded the United States Age Group Coach of the Year award.   During her time at Seattle Synchro she has consistently placed swimmers in finals in both national, and international competition.   Her daughters also swam for Seattle and went on to train at Stanford University, the University of Incarnate Word and Team USA.  In addition to working with Seattle Synchro age groupers, Yuki also coaches a masters program based on the eastside.  She currently lives in Tukwila with her husband Zen.

Yuki is currently a Level 3 USA Synchro Coach.

Ewa Danowska-Szostak

Substitute Coach


This is Ewa's fourth year of coaching at Seattle.  Prior to moving to the US with her husband, Ewa lived in Poland where she competed in synchro for several years.  While swimming, Ewa was selected as a Polish Junior National Team member.  She will be assisting age group teams throughout the season.

Ewa is a Level 1 USA Synchro coach and currently working towards her Level 1 Judging Certification.