WELCOME TO THE STINGRAY SWIM TEAM!!!
An Inclusive, Family-Friendly, Competitive Swim Team in Snohomish County Washington.
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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Ben Olszewski Owner/Head Coach: Senior - Mariner

Phone: 425-736-5600


Profile:

  •         Age 47
  •       Central Washington University; BS Fitness & Sport Management 96’
  •       39 years in competitive swimming
  •       11 time NAIA All-American
  •       Married to Angela, son Samuel, daughter Kendra, son Jacob
  •       Hobbies are fitness and electronic gadgets

 Certifications/Honors:

  • American Swim Coach Association Level 4
  • PNS Zone Coach
  • PNS Altitude Camp Coach
  • PNS Elite Training Coach 2011
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Coaching Track Record:

  •        23 years total in coaching
  • 2 years collegiate
  • 5 years high school
  • 1 year summer league
  • 21 years club: 5 years Gig Harbor Peninsula, 16 years with StingRays
  •         2001 PNS Age Group Coach of The Year
  •         2006 PNS Age Group Coach of The Year
  •         21 PNS records
  •         Multiple national top 16 ranked age group swimmers
  •         Multiple PNS All-Stars, PNS Champions, Zone Champions
  •         36 NCSA Junior National Qualifiers - Krissy, Erin, Andria, Chris, Brittney, Rikka, Kyle, Bryan, Melissa, Eric, Dan, Katherine, Emily, Garren, Jimmy, Ali, Alana, Bramon, Liam, Kaitlin, Johnnie, Maddie, Madeline, Cathryn, Kaela, AJ, Kelsey, Riley, Hannah, Macy, Riley, Mieko Schwartzmiller, Zach Bevans, Jensen Elsemore, Kendall Bensen, Anna Kowalchyk.
  •         13 USA Junior National Qualifiers (Melissa, Eric, Dan, Garren, Kyle, Bryan, Alana, Ali, Liam, Kaitlin, Hannah, Kaela, Zach)
  •         7 USA National Qualifiers (Rikka, Garren, Emily, Alana, Bryan, Ali, Kaitlin)
  •         2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers (Garren, Alana)
  •         3 US Paralympics American Records (Haley)
Darrell Cray Head Age Group Coach - SAC

Program Director and Head Age Group Coach for the StingRay Swim Team at the Snohomish Aquatic Center. SRST is a super fun, highly competitive swim club with a focus on family friendly inclusive swimming year round.

My coaching philosophy revolves around providing individual feedback, praise, and constructive criticism in a non-discouraging manner. I believe in personal goal setting and creating opportunities for healthy competition and teamwork in my practices. Throughout my training programs, I like to promote the use of fundamental swimming, especially correct head position, distance per stroke, and white water kicking. Increasing physical limits and endurance are a large part of our preparations for competition. Most importantly, I try hardest to build the overall technical foundation and mental fortitude that will allow my swimmers to go on and compete in college and or be successful throughout all stages of their life; It’s also extremely important to have fun along the way and that the kids use their own creativity while swimming fast towards their goals.

I've had 50+ swimmers make the PNS top 25 in events for their age groups. I've had 8 swimmers qualify for the NCSA National Age Group Championships in Orlando, FL,  5 swimmers have qualified for the Western Zone Age Group Championships, and I've had 3 top 25 USA swimmers.

Top 10 Washington State Rankings (SCY):

Morgan Broadhead 100 Free 53.45 4th for 17yo female. Kendall Bensen 100 Back 57.09 5th for 17yo female. Anton Teplouhov 50 Breast 27.18 6th for 17yo male. Anna Kowalchyk 100 Breast 1:05.77 8th  for 16yo female. Connor Colloton 1650 Free 17:30.61 8th for 14yo male. Evan Wold 50 Breast 28.46 2nd for 14yo male & 100 Breast 1:03.42 6th for 14yo male. Elissa Anderson 50 Free 25.29 4th for 13yo female & 50 Fly 27.08 5th for 13yo female. Keelie Sullivan 200 Back 2:12.61 6th for 13yo female & 50 Back 29.59 6th for 13yo female. Madeline Van Hooser 50 Breast 34.53 4th for 11yo female. Elliana Lam 50 Back 36.61  4th for 10yo female. Lin Liu 100 Fly 1:15.79 6th for 10yo female. Rysen Tuomisto 100 Free 1:01.79 4th for 10yo male & 50 Back 31.11 3rd for 10yo male & 100 Back 1:13.54 2nd for 9yo male & 50 Free 28.53 1st for 9yo male.

Shelby Lee Senior Coach - SAC
"Coach Shelby is an SRST swimmer himself, having swam on SRST since he was 8 years old, he has set multiple team records and continues to set them to this day. Coach Shelby swam for Kamiak High School competing in the State Championships and in college, having attended The University of the Pacific, swimming as a Tiger, he took a liking to all the Freestyle and Backstroke events. He currently holds a 50 yard freestyle time of 20.07 and a 200 yard freestyle time of 1:41.17. He likes to design his own sets and bring them to his senior swimmers. He is extremely passionate about helping the future generation of SRST swimmers achieve their goals. "

 

Matthew Wright Age Group 2 - Mariner

Matt Wright
AG2 - Mariner 
[email protected]
(360)-961-8918


   

My name is Matthew, or Matt, and I’m very honored to be starting my 8th season as a USA/PNS swim coach and going on my 3rd yr  with SRST this fall, 2021. I started competing in swimming at the young age of 6 with the Olympic Aquatic Club (OAC) in Bremerton, WA, and as I got older, with the Puget Sound Swim Club (PSSC) in Port Orchard, WA. Growing up in club swim, I’ve had the opportunity of calling 3 Olympic medalist my teammates and now, my friends, Nathen Adrian and the Kirk sisters, Dana and Tara. I was lucky enough to take to butterfly at a young age, witch is the best stroke ever. As I got older, I became a very strong 200 swimmer in both the fly and Fr.

I currently live in the Kirkland area and I have a daughter, Kailey, 8, and a son, Memphis Wayne, 3. On my spare time, I’ve been active in the sport lf power lifting, in the area of squat, dead lift, and bench press. My father and I also have been restoring older cars a side hobby since I was could remember.

 
 
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