MICHAEL LIU | Head Coach

We are pleased to introduce our new Head Coach, Michael Liu! 

Michael is a lifelong swimmer, who started swimming in Hong Kong before moving to Washington at age 10. He swam for King Aquatic Club, and was on the boy’s varsity swim team at O’Dea High School where he competed at the State Championships, and graduated with honors. He attended Green River College and the Beijing Language and Culture University before attending the University of Washington, where he made the Dean’s list twice, and earned his BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts with a minor in Art History.

Although this will be his first experience with summer league, Michael has a longtime coaching background with a mindful technical perspective of the little things one can do to improve their mechanics and become a better, faster swimmer. Currently, he is Head Coach for the Bellevue High School girls swim team, and Assistant Coach for the BHS boys swim team. He is also a swim instructor and lifeguard for the YMCA, where he has also coached masters swim.

Coach Michael has a real passion for sharing his love of swimming. Personally, his favorite swim events are the 100 Fly and 200 IM.

We look forward to getting to know him this summer! 


BOB KARL | Guest Coach

Bob Karl has been a devoted Norwood Swim Team supporter for many years, serving as our Head Official. This year, he is offering our teen swimmers his expertise in stroke technique.

To say he is qualified is an understatement. Norwood is so grateful for Bob’s devotion to youth sports, and swimming in particular!

Regional Certifications

  • Official, USA Special Olympics
  • Official, KingoCo and District meets
  • Official at multiple Short and Long Course Age Group Championships
  • Meet Referee Seattle Age Group Open
  • Meet Referee or official at multiple Pacific Northwest Swimming, Inland Empire, and Oregon meets
  • Official at multiple high school meets and championships
  • Board of Directors, Chinook Aquatic Club
  • Safe Sport Director, Chinook Aquatic Club
  • Senior Official, Chinook Aquatic Club

National Certifications

  • N1 – Referee, Deck Referee,  Administrative Official, Chief Judge, Starter, Stroke and Turn
  • N2 – Chief Judge, Starter, Stroke and Turn (pending renewal of state and national meets suspended due to Covid)
  • Physician, with life support certifications.
  • Certification for concussion training
  • USA Safe Sport – Minor Athlete Protection Program certified

Additional Experience

  • soccer coach
  • basketball coach
  • T-Ball and Little League Coach
  • Little League Umpire
  • Boy Scouts (guess what–he’s the Swimming Merit Badge Counselor and the First Aid Counselor!)


JUSTINE FIELDING | Assistant Coach

Hey Norwood! My name is Justine Fielding and I am very excited to be the Assistant Coach this season! I am 19 years old and attendeding college.

Swimming has been a big part of my life since I was four years old. I started off swimming for Norwood as a duckling and have continued swimming for this team ever since. I swam for the BHS swim team for the past four years, and I swam year-round for Chinook Aquatics Club for 10 years. I’m looking forward to another great swim season!  Go Ducks!!

  • Norwood Apprentice Coach, 2018, 2020
  • ​Norwood Team Captain, 2019 - 2020
  • Norwood Swim Club Life Guard, 2018 - present
  • BHS Girls Swim Team, 2016 - 2019
  • Chinook Aquatics Club, 2010 - 2019
  • Norwood Swim Team, 2007 - 2020


DANE SKALSKI | Assistant Coach

Dane is a Senior at Bellevue High School, where he swims for the Boys Varsity Swim Team. He started swimming with Norwood at age 4 as a Duckling, and has been a Duck on the Norwood Swim Team for 11 years.

Dane is thrilled to be returning this season for his fourth year as a Lifeguard, Team Captain and Coach!

  • ​Norwood Team Captain, 2019 - present
  • Norwood Apprentice Coach, 2018 - 2020
  • Norwood Swim Club Life Guard, 2018 - present
  • BHS Boys Swim Team, 2017 - present
  • BHS Boys Water Polo, 2017 - present
  • Troverwood Water Polo, 2010 - present
  • Norwood Swim Team, 2006 - present



Norwood Swim Team is intensifying our coaching instruction for the first portion of the Swim Team Season. In addition to our Team Coaches we plan to staff one or two Apprentice Coaches during the younger age-group practices to provide additional instruction, specifically for stroke technique. Apprentice Coaches have a strong swimming background and extensive swimming experience. This position is available to Norwood Swim Team members who are currently Lifeguard Certified and have high school and/or year-round club swim team experience.


JUDE VAN BREDA | Apprentice Coach

Jude has dreamed of being a Norwood coach and lifeguard since he joined our team when he was 8 years old. He swam year-round with Olympic Cascade Aquatic where he competed in the 100M Fly, 200M Fly, and the 1500M Free at the 2019 PNS Long Course Championship. As a freshman at Bellevue High School, Jude made varsity in boys swimming his first season, qualified for King Co. and District Champs, and was included in the relay team that went to State finals.

This is Jude's second season as an Apprentice Coach.


PAIGE HEINEMANN | Apprentice Coach

My name is Paige Heinemann, I’m 16 years old, and I will be a Junior at Bellevue High School this fall.

I’ve been a part of Norwood since I was 8 years old, and I’ve always wanted to coach this team. I am on Bellevue High School’s Swim Team and their Water Polo Team, and I am a lifeguard here at Norwood. I’m excited to be a Coach this year!

  • Norwood Apprentice Coach, 2021 - present
  • BHS Girls Water Polo, 2020 - present
  • BHS Girls Swim Team, 2019 - present
  • Norwood Swim Team, 2012 - present