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Swim Coaches

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SWIM TEAM HEAD COACH

Ben Fleischer 

(301) 801-5426, [email protected]

Ben is entering his second season as the Head Coach of the Cudas and could not be more excited! He has been around swimming and MCSL his entire life. He swam for the Lakelands Lionfish up through the 2021 season, during which he was a 19-year-old swimmer. He joined the coaching staff of the Lionfish in 2018 as a Junior Coach, then served as an Assistant Coach in 2019 and the Assistant Head Coach in 2021. Throughout his high school career, Ben swam for the Quince Orchard High School swim team and worked during the summer and winter as an Assistant Coach for Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins. He graduated from QOHS in 2020 and is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ben is earning a double degree in operations management and business analytics (OMBA) and information systems within the Smith School of Business, and is also a part of the UMD Army ROTC program. 

Ben has been known to bring the energy and spirit to his team every year, and can’t wait for this season! He continues to create and foster a positive team environment that promotes teamwork, character, fitness, competitiveness and the pursuit of excellence. He wants everyone to have fun, work hard and reach beyond their goals.

SWIM TEAM ASSISTANT COACHES

Rena Van Leeuwen (240) 855-4902 [email protected]

Hello! My name is Rena and I’m entering my second year as Assistant Coach for the Cudas. I'm 19 years old and I will be going into my second year at Dalhousie University in the fall. I’ve been with the Cudas since I was 4 and it’s the best part of my summer every year. I also did winter swim with SDS throughout elementary and middle school. Previously I’ve worked as a counselor for sports camps and for Summer Fun. I also babysit throughout the neighborhood and have lifeguarded at the pool for the past three years. Super excited for the upcoming season!

Kit Fleming 301-366-1686 [email protected]

Hi, I'm Kit! I'm a rising junior at UMD. I swam on a year-round team for 7 years, which all started with Cudas. I now swim on the UMD club team. This is my fourth year working as a coach. I have outside experience volunteering with the Special Olympics swim team, as well as experience from being on a club swim team. This team is what made me fall in love with swimming and I look forward to participating in it every year. I can’t wait for another great swim season!

Lauren Long (301) 906-2803 [email protected]

Hello my name is Lauren Long. This year I am an Assistant Coach. For the past two years I was Head Coach of Mini Cudas and Preteam. Prior to that I worked as an hourly Coach. This will be my 5th year working at Carderock and my 16th as a cuda. I am beyond excited to be back this summer! I have helped many cudas go from their first bubbles to their first races. It's incredibly exciting and rewarding working with these swimmers and witnessing their growth summer after summer. If you are interested in private lessons the best way to reach me is via text. I can’t wait for yet another great summer! Go Cudas! 

Rhys Shields (301) 520-2710 [email protected]

Hi, I’m Rhys Shields. I am 18 years old and am going to be a Sophomore in college this fall. I have been swimming competitively since I was 8 years old and this will be my 8th year with the Cudas since moving from New Jersey. I previously swam for Whitman and year-round as a member of the Advanced Seniors Group with RMSC. I have placed third in the MCSL coaches long course meet and hold age group records for the Cudas. I have experience working as a counselor for Summer Fun, coaching swim team as well as Mini-Cudas, and giving private lessons. I am excited to be an assistant coach this season and look forward to having a great season!

MINI-CUDA HEAD COACH

Julietta Bravo (240) 281-8328 [email protected]

Hi! My name is Julietta Bravo. I will be a freshman in college next year. I have been swimming with Carderock ever since I can remember. I have also worked as a camp counselor for camp Carderock and as a CIT for summer fun! I also babysit for many families, some of whom live in the neighborhood. This will be my third year coaching. I had so much fun coaching the last two years and seeing improvement in all of the swimmers. I can’t wait for another amazing swim season!

MASTERS COACHES

Isabella Bravo 240-281-3798, [email protected]

Hi! My name is Isabella Bravo and I am 19 years old and I am one Masters' coaches for 2022! I currently am a rising Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’ve been swimming with the carderock cudas since I was 4 years old. I also swam competitively in the winter from when I was 8 up until I was about 14 with SDS. I am now going into my fifth year working with the swim team and my first year a Masters' coach! On top of the swim team I have also been a counselor at camp carderock this past summer, babysat for multiple years and worked as a lifeguard at carderock. I cannot wait for another summer of coaching and am excited what this season will bring!

Chris McPhaul (301) 908-0298 [email protected]

Hello! I am Chris McPhaul and I have been a swim coach for 20 years. I am also the proud father of three former Cudas and helped officiate swim meets also for 20 years. I am currently a US Masters swim coach with L4 Swimming and the Montgomery Ancient Mariners.

I previously worked with a non-profit science association. For swim coaching experience, I was the head coach/coordinator of the winter swim program at Tuckahoe Recreation Club in McLean, VA for 14 years. In addition, I have coached with the legendary Coach John Flanagan’s Morning Masters swim group on a regular and occasional basis, as well as with the Capitol Sea Devils.

My overall swim coaching philosophy is to try my best to help each individual achieve their goals, whether it be fitness, stroke improvement, competition or something else. I truly enjoy working with all ages and abilities and I strive to provide a variety of workouts that help everyone. Practice sessions are always positive and often fun!

When I am not at the pool, you will likely find me playing pickleball or running on the Cabin John Trail—please join me anytime! 

PRIVATE LESSON COACHES

In addition to the coaches listed above, the following coaches are also available for private lessons.

Quentin Bilbao (301) 642-2272 [email protected]

Hi! I’m Quentin, and I’m 19 years old. I started swimming for the Cudas when I was the age of 6. I am an avid community member of this pool and have spent the grand majority of my summers working, coaching, and enjoying my time at the club! Swimming has been a sport and activity that has remained consistent within my life. Instructing the younger generations of the cuda community is something I strive to continue doing! I have an abundance of experience in coaching: private running clinics, soccer lessons, and a variety of swim coaching lessons. By this point, I’ve been lifeguarding, instructing the Mini Cudas, and hosting private interactive swim lessons for three years! I have always loved being a part of the swim team community and continue to desire to share that enjoyment with the younger generations to come!

Alexander Cirivello 240-994-8004 [email protected]

Hi, I'm Alexander Cirivello. I'm 17 years old and will be a rising senior starting this summer. I have been competitively swimming for 11 years and have recently become very serious in rowing. I have experience in coaching Cudas before, and am once again excited for the upcoming summer and look forward to working with everyone.

Jack Fleming 301-906-3478 [email protected]

My name is Jack Fleming, and I am a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School. I've been swimming since I was 4, and swimming or diving with the Carderock Cudas since I was 7 years old. I enjoy surfing, windsurfing, and all watersports. l feel a deep connection to this team and the swim club having been in it for the wide majority of my life. I have had experience on other swim teams including Aulea in Hawaii for two years, and the YMCA Hammerheads for one year but my heart belongs to the Cudas!

Sascha Hume 202-738-3029 [email protected]

Hello! My name is Sascha, and I am a graduating senior at St. Albans School. I was a varsity swimmer at school, have swum at Carderock for thirteen years, and I got my start in Mini Cudas! I look forward to working with this year's crop of Mini Cudas and I am also available for private lessons. 

Chris Lindstrom 202-961-1546 [email protected]

Hi I'm Chris Lindstrom! Im an upcoming sophomore at Walt Whitman High school. I'm on Whitmans varsity wrestling team in the winter, but in the summer I'm a Carderock Cuda! I've been a Cuda since I was 3 years old alongside my three older brothers, Matthew, Jonathan, and Timothy. I love the team and the energy all the kids bring! In past years I've been a mini Cudas helper and this year I'm so excited to be an official mini Cudas coach! Im at the pool a lot whether its lifeguarding, working the front desk, coaching, or in the pool. If you see me don't hesitate to ask about coaching, private lessons, or just to say hi. If you have any questions please call or email me I'd love to hear from you. I cant wait to coach the next generation of Cudas this year! 

Timothy Lindstrom 202-961-1547 [email protected]

Hello! My name is Tim Lindstrom, I’m 17 years old and a rising senior at Walt Whitman high school. This is my second year coaching mini cudas and dive team. I have been swimming since before I can remember and diving since I was 13. I love the cudas and I love coaching. Nothing brings me more excitement than seeing my kids finally nail that one dive they’ve been working on or finally get the hang of a stroke. I also have experience teaching adults so anyone is welcome to learn. I’m really excited for this year and I hope it’s a great season!

Reese Long  301-760-9734 [email protected]

Hi I'm Reese and I'm 18 years old. I'll be heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. I've been swimming for Carderock for the past 14 years from Mini Cudas, to Pre Team, to Swim Team, and now coaching. This community means so much to me, and I'm super excited to be a coach this summer. I wouldn't love swimming as much as I do without the support of my coaches throughout the years. I can't wait for an amazing season!

Teagan Long 240-644-3938 [email protected]

Hi! I’m Teagan Long. I’m 15 years old and a rising junior at Academy of the Holy Cross. I have been swimming for Carderock Cudas every summer for the past 9 years. I’ve loved swimming ever since I joined at 6 years old and have continued to compete as a cuda until now which has helped me know and love the team. I’m super excited to work with the new swimmers and can’t wait to coach this year!

Everett McLaughlin 202-579-6355 [email protected]

Hi, my name’s Everett McLaughlin. I’m 16 years old and a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School. I have swum with the Cudas for 9 years now and spent a winter swimming for ASA with my sister (Ida McLaughlin). While I swam for ASA I was under the instruction of Coach Chris S who helped me improve my technique. In addition, I spent the winter of 2021/22 swimming for coach Chris on the Whitman swim team. I have previously spent summers volunteering at summer fun, working at the front desk and as a volunteer mini cudas coach. I’m very excited to coach this season and look forward to meeting all the new cudas.

Helen Rabley 240-779-3736, [email protected]

Hi, I'm Helen! I'm 16 years old, and a rising junior at Whitman High school. Since I was 8, Cudas has encouraged me to pursue swimming, and I eventually joined ASA to competitively swim there for 5 years. Now, over the school year, I swim for Whitman. In addition, I lifeguarded for a year at the pool, and have previously worked as a counselor for Summer Fun. I look forward to summer every year and have made so many great memories on Cudas. I can't wait to coach this swim season, and have another fun summer with the team! 

Grace Shields 301-461-5198 [email protected]

Hi I’m Grace Shields. I’m a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School. I have been swimming competitively since I was 6. This will be my 8th summer swimming for the Cudas since moving from New Jersey. I have had experience on many different teams including RMSC and ASA. Previously I’ve also worked as a counselor for summer fun and at the front desk. I’m excited to be a coach this year and am looking forward to a great season!

June Tun (301) 461-5100, [email protected]

Hi! I'm 16 and a rising junior this summer. I have been swimming since I was three, and I swam competitively throughout middle and elementary school. This winter I swam for the sea devils.This will be my 6th year swimming with the cudas. I've also worked as a mini cudas coach and worked at the front desk. Each summer I have made so many great memories on the team and look forward to it every summer. I can’t wait to coach this summer and look forward to having another fun season! 

Sammy Van Leeuwen 202-631-5490 [email protected]

Hi, my name is Sammy Van Leeuwen. I’m 17 and a rising senior at Walt Whitman High School. During the school year, I play high school ice hockey and lacrosse, but in the summer, I live at the pool. I’ve been a Cuda for 12 years. In the past, I’ve worked as a lifeguard, at the front desk, and as a camp counselor for summer fun. I'm eager to lead as a coach this season and to help the new Cudas become part of Carderock’s community. 

Zahava Van Leeuwen (240) 498-1696 [email protected]

Hi I’m Zahava, am 19 years old, and will be a sophomore in university this upcoming fall. This will be my 5th year working as a coach for the Cudas, after finishing off my 14th and final year swimming for the Cudas last year. I’ve loved summer swim since I started, being able to swim and take part in team activities with my friends and family throughout the summer. I’m so excited to be a coach again this swim season, and excited for another great season!

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