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Swim Coaches & Private Lessons


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Cailin Van Nevel, 240-386-7439, vanne22c@mtholyoke.edu

Hi Cudas! My name is Cailin Van Nevel and I’m so excited to be the head coach for Carderock again this summer! I grew up swimming in MCSL for the Diamond Farm Stingrays and coached there for 4 years. I also swam for Poolesville High School during my 4 years there and at Mount Holyoke College. I’ve taught private lessons for folks aged 2-22 at a wide range of skill levels. I love reading, traveling (I studied abroad in Scotland), and hanging out in my hammock. This past year I tutored 9th graders in Wilmington, Delaware during a year of service for AmeriCorps, and will be returning for my another year in August. MCSL has been a huge part of my life since I was 9, and I can’t wait for another summer of swim team fun and lots of fast swimming!


Isabella Bravo 240-281-3798, bravoisabella79@gmail.com

Hi! My name is Isabella Bravo and I am 18 years old and I am one of the assistant coaches for the swim team! I currently am a freshman 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 fourth year working with the swim team and my first year as an assistant 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!

Halle Cho 240-506-6030, hallescho@icloud.com

Hi! I’m Halle and I am 17. I’ve been swimming with the Cudas for 9 years now! Being part of the Carderock Community is most definitely the best part of my summer every year. I swam year round for RMSC all throughout middle school while also playing soccer for Bethesda. I have made both of the sports teams at Whitman since freshman year! Although I now only play soccer year round, the amazing community and team we have at Carderock have made the swim team the best part of every summer. I’ve previously worked with kids at Carderock during Summer Fun or helping out with Mini Cudas for the last 2 years. I also have experience babysitting around the neighborhood and running soccer clinics! Working with kids is another highlight of my summers and I’m excited for this year’s season!

Jasmine Wong (301) 275-2809, wongjasminea@hotmail.com

Hi I’m Jasmine, and I am 18 years old. This will be my 11th year swimming for the Cudas, and my third year working as a coach. The summer swim season is what I look forward to every summer. I’ve previously worked at summer camps as a CIT and as a counselor at Summer Fun. I also have experience with babysitting for kids around the neighborhood. I can’t wait for another great season!


Lauren Long (301) 906-2803 long.lauren.m@gmail.com

Hi, I’m Lauren Long. I’m 18. I started swimming for Carderock when I was 4 and have been on the team every summer since. I also swam for my highschool team, Stone Ridge, my freshman year. I played volleyball in highschool, making varsity Junior year. I played all four years on Stone Ridge’s varsity softball team as a pitcher. This will be my fourth year coaching and I’m beyond excited to get back in the pool! In past summers I have offered private lessons and been an hourly coach. This will be my first summer as Head Mini-Cudas Coach. I love working with kids and I can't wait to welcome a new generation of Cudas to the team! 


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

Quentin Bilbao (301) 642-2272 bilbaoq@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Quentin, and I am 18 years old. I started swimming for the Cudas when I moved to Carderock when I was 6. In addition to swimming, I am an avid skier. I’ve been coaching the Mini Cudas for a few summers and I have always loved being a part of the swim team. I hope we can have a more interactive experience this year!

Sadie Bilbao (719) 425- 5108 bilbaosadie@gmail.com

Hi I’m Sadie. I’m 16 years old and a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School. I’ve been swimming for carderock since I was 4 and have made so many memories on the team. I look forward to being part of the new memories of the team and to make this season a good one.

Julietta Bravo (240) 281-8328 juliettabravo@icloud.com

Hi! My name is Julietta Bravo. I am a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School. In addition to swimming in the summer, I play field hockey and lacrosse for my school. 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 have babysat for many families many of which live in the neighborhood. In addition to seeing me around the neighborhood and the pool, you can catch me working the front desk at Carderock. I am super excited to coach and for another amazing swim season!

Kit Fleming 301-366-1686 saskitf@gmail.com

Hi, I'm Kit! I'm a senior at Walt Whitman High School and I have been swimming on a year-round team for almost 7 years now, which all started with Cudas. I also swim on the Whitman varsity team. This is my third 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!

Nathan Hackel (858) 248-5637 nathan.hackel@gmail.com

Hi, my name’s Nathan Hackel. I’m 17 years old and a rising senior at Walt Whitman High School. From the age of nine to twelve, I swam competitively for a swim team in Okinawa, Japan. When I moved to Tampa, Florida in 2016 I began playing for a club water polo team. There I was able to help coach Aquatikids, a program that taught children ages 5-9 how to swim and play water polo. In Tampa, I was also lucky enough to be coached by two Olympians in personal swim lessons. Since I moved to Carderock, I’ve been part of Whitman’s water polo club and swim team since my freshman year and I play completely year-round on the Capital water polo team. I’m very excited to coach this season and look forward to a great summer with the Cudas!

Naina Makkad (714) 600-0508 nainamakk@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Naina, and I am 17 years old. I started swimming competitively at the age of 6 at Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team in Fullerton, California until the age of 13. After I moved to Bethesda, I swam for ASA for a year. I have been on Stone Ridge’s varsity swim team for 4 years and am a captain this year. In addition to swimming, I also run cross country and track. This will be my third year coaching at Carderock, and I can’t wait to get back in the water and start working with the kids again!

Everett McLaughlin 202 579 6355 everett.j.mclaughlin2@gmail.com

Hi, my name’s Everett McLaughlin. I’m 15 years old and a rising sophomore 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. I have previously spent summers volunteering at summer fun and working at the front desk. This summer I am again working at the front desk, but I am also a volunteer coach for the mini Cudas/pre-team. I am so excited to coach this summer and look forward to helping fellow Cudas improve their strokes. Let's go Cudas!

Ida McLaughlin 202-579-6356 ida.r.mclaughlin@gmail.com (currently away)

Hi! My name is Ida McLaughlin, I am starting my first year of college at West Point. I started swimming nine years ago for the Cudas and in middle school, I swam for ASA under the instruction of coach Chris S, who helped me immensely with my technique. In addition to swimming, I have rowed for the Whitman Crew team since I was a freshman and am a captain on the team this year. Last summer I worked as an hourly coach for the swim team and also gave private lessons. Coaching for the swim team gave me experience developing lesson plans and working with the athletes in the water. While giving private lessons I developed lesson plans specific to the child’s needs and worked with kids to advance in the noted areas.I am so excited for this upcoming season, let's go Cudas! (Available until June 25, 2021)

Rhys Shields (301) 520-2710 Rhys.Shields04@gmail.com

Hi, I’m Rhys Shields. I am 17 years old and a rising senior at Walt Whitman High School. I have been swimming competitively since I was 8 years old and this will be my 6th year with the Cudas since moving from New Jersey. I also swim for Whitman and continue to swim year-round as a member of the Advanced Seniors Group with RMSC. Last year I placed third in the MCSL coaches long course meet for and hold age group records for the Cudas. Previously, I have worked as a counselor for Summer Fun, helped with Mini-Cudas, and given private lessons. I am excited to be a coach this season and look forward to having a great season!

Rena Van Leeuwen (240) 855-4902 rena.vanleeuwen@iCloud.com

Hi! I’m Rena and I’m 17 years old and I’m a rising Senior at Walt Whitman High School. I’ve been a part of the Cudas since I was 4 and it’s the best part of my summer every year! I did winter swim with SDS throughout elementary school and middle school while also doing summer swim. Previously I’ve worked as a counselor for sports camps and for Summer Fun, and I also babysit throughout the neighborhood. Super excited for the upcoming season!

Zahava Van Leeuwen (240) 498-1696 zahava.vanleeuwen@iCloud.com

Hi I’m Zahava, and I am 17 years old, a rising senior at Walt Whitman High School. This will be my 13th year swimming for the Cudas, and my third year working as a coach for the Cudas. 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 a great season!


Rates for swim and dive lessons are set by the club. 

Parents can reach out to a coach directly any time they plan to be at the pool during open pool hours. Please note, that the coach cannot "clear lap lanes" for any lessons provided while the pool is open to the membership. 

We also have blocks of time, outside of regular pool hours, specifically set aside for lessons. You can ask a coach to join you at any of these times. If you don't have a coach in mind, we will help match you up. 

Click for more info on lesson times and "how" to request a coach.

You pay the coach directly at the time of the lesson via check, cash, or Venmo. Venmo preferred. Any cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in the full fee being charged. In the event of inclement weather, your coach will reach out to reschedule your lesson.

1 person private lesson, $25 for ½ hr 

2 person semi-private lesson, $30 for ½ hr ($15 each in the same family)

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