Coaching Staff
Sviatlana Khakhlova

Head Coach 

Coach Sveta is the founder of swim school Swim Lessons Tallahassee, Head Coach and owner of United Swim Club. She is multiple times World Championships finalist and three-time Olympian, representing Belarus in 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London, and eight times European Championships medalist in 2002–2015.

As a competitor, Sveta was one of the top swimmers of Belarus and Europe: Belarus Swimming National Team Member from 2000-2016.

Throughout the career, she has been multiple times Belarusian Nationals Champion and medalist of World University Games in 2005 Izmir, 2007 Bangkok and 2009 Belgrade and winner of World Cups series in 2008.

During her preparation time for her last Olympic games in Rio, she swam under Neal Harper and Franck Bradley programs with the FSU swim team.

Sviatlana Khakhlova began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Club Seminole in 2013, then transferred to ATAC and worked with Terry Maul from 2016 to 2017 as an Assistant Coach of Pre-Senior and Senior groups.

Sveta graduated from Belarus State School of Olympic Reserve in 2001 and Belarusian State University of Physical Culture in 2006 with a degree in physical exercise. She also studied journalism at the Belarusian State University as a second degree.

She is married to Pavel Sankovich.

Pavel Sankovich

Associate Head Coach 

Coach Pavel is 2X World Championships medalist and three-time Olympian 2008, 2012 and 2016, and 10 times European Championships medalist.

Coach Pavel is originally from Belarus and began swimming when he was 8 years old. After 12 years of elementary, middle and then high school swimming Pavel reserved his spot on Belarus National Team at the age of 16 setting multiple National Records. He specialized in backstroke, butterfly and IM events during his long professional swimming career representing his home country in hundreds of international swim meets.

During these years Pavel had an opportunity to work with a few of the best coaches in the world, experience different cultures and various approach to the training, teaching and learning process.

Pavel and Sveta decided that they want to change this swimming community and bring their own vision and experience, “At United Swim Club we truly believe in giving our swimmers direct understanding of the purpose of each set or drill they perform, knowledge of how to set an athletic goal and reach it and, also, do’s and don’ts in, at and around the swimming pool.”

Pavel graduated from Belarusian State Pedagogical University in 2012 and Florida State University in 2014 BA in Social Science (Athletic Scholarship). He currently still holds 5 FSU records.

l 7 times All-American honorable mention 2013-2014

l 4 times 2013 ACC champion

l 5 times 2014 ACC champion

l 2013 & 2014 ACC Swimmer of the Year and overall MVP

l 2014 NCAA Silver medalist

He is the owner of United Swim Club, married to Sveta Khakhlova and has a son David.

Rama Benbaruch

Developmental Director & Coordinator 

Coach Rama joined United Swim Club at the very beginning, in the summer of 2017 as the Bronze, Silver and Gold groups coach. She previously worked at local swim clubs and varsity high school teams.

Coach Rama brings over 30 years of aquatics teaching and coaching experiences including swimming, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing.  Since joining the club, Coach Rama has helped growing developmental groups tremendously as she works with children and adults of all skills and abilities.

Coach Rama was born in Chicago Illinois. She attended her high school in

Morton Grove, Illinois; then attended college and received advanced training in Israel:

1. Teaching College of Israel, Physical Education Teaching degree

2. Wingate Institute for Coaching & training, College of Seminar Kibbutzim

3. American Red Cross - Lifeguard training and certification & CPR rescue

Private and Group Swimming Instructor, Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, Northbrook, IL September 2006 to 2008

·       Teach children (Ages 2+) and adults to swim from beginners to advanced

·       Work with 75 students per week year-round

·       Responsible for the JCC youth swim club, creating activities to maintain their interest

Swimming Instructor, Ramat-Aviv, Israel 1997 to 2003

·       Taught children and adults how to swim

·       Extensive experience working with handicapped – physically, emotionally, autistic –children and adults

·       Trained other instructors how to teach swimming in a safe and pleasant environment

·       Created and ran tot-parent classes

Aquatics Director, Tel-Aviv, Israel 1987-1997

·       Responsible for developing and promoting a comprehensive aquatics program for the Municipality of Tel-Aviv

·       Supervised a staff of 15 to 20 people

·       Managed pool and staff scheduling

·       Trained staff instructors how to teach swimming and teaching techniques

·       Created swim club for kids to keep them interested and involved in swimming

Competitive Swimming Coach, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, Israel 1990-1993

·       Coached competitive team of children ages 7 – 11

·       Focused on technique and conditioning

·       Trained team and led them to swim the Sea of Galilee

For the past few years, Coach Rama was coaching at Club Nole, conducting water aerobics classes and teaching at her “Swim School”.

An avid sailor, Coach Rama, and her husband sailed on their yacht in 2003-2006 from Israel to the United States.  She has some pretty cool stories to tell that you should definitely ask her about.

Preston Turnage

Intermediate 1 & 2 Assistant Coach

Coach Preston is an enthusiastic young coach with over 5 years of experience. He loves helping swimmers learn what aspect of the sport of swimming they most enjoy and helping swimmers achieve results they never knew were possible. He is currently a junior computer engineering student at FSU. With hobbies that include disc golf, video games, and brewing kombucha.

Piper Gulledge

Silver & Gold Assistant Coach 

Coach Piper swam competitively for 10 years and has been a coach for 3. Piper enjoys helping kids reach their full potential as well as creating a strong bond with them. She is currently a freshman in college at TCC and is majoring in sports medicine.

Nora Amato

Bronze Group Assistant Coach

Nora Amato swam competitively for 5 years. She is passionate about healthy living and loves teaching children how to be safe and have fun in the water.

Board of Directors
Amanda Laudadio President
James Wang Vice President
Deirdre Rhodes Secretary
Sybil Holt Treasurer
Anthony Lancaster Share Nights Coordinator
Melissa Lombard Fundraiser Coordinator
Tamela Perdue Fundraiser Coordinator