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Coaches & Private Lessons



Cailin Van Nevel, 240-386-7439,

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!


Katie Long 301-335-5595

I have been with the Cuda’s for over 12 years now, starting on pre-team and never missed a season. I also was on my high school swim team for all four years. This will be my third year as an assistant swim team coach and fifth year coaching. I enjoy working with kids and try to give them the same amazing swim team experience I had. I have coached kids of all ages. I love to help them with all aspects of swimming, from learning how to blow bubbles to improving stroke technique. Can't wait to start this season, go Cudas!

Audrey Garrett 202-680-8453

Hi My name is Audrey Garrett, and I have been swimming for Carderock for the past 11 years. As well as being an assistant mini cudas coach the past 4 summers I have lifeguarded and taught private lessons at Carderock. I have just completed my junior year at St.John's college high school were I have swam competitively on varsity since freshman year. Carderock has filled my summers with great memories from swim team to Lifeguarding to coaching and I can't wait for another great swim season! Go Cudas!!


Matthew Lindstrom 301-908-9021

Hi, I'm Matthew and I've been on the Cudas since I was six years old. I have three younger brothers all on swim team, and this is now my 4th year as a swim coach and my 2nd as mini cudas head coach. This May, I graduated Walt Whitman High School and I will attend Northwestern University in the fall. Throughout high school, I played club soccer and wrestled for Whitman. I’ve also taken up Yoga! 

Over the last three years, I've worked with a variety of age groups from kids as young as two to adults in their forties. I recognize that each individual faces different challenges when learning how to swim, so I make it my goal to understand their difficulties and address them comprehensively over a carefully designed lesson plan. Generally my first lesson will mostly consist of an evaluation, and from that point I'll work specific technique, correctional drills, and throw in the occasional game to keep the lessons engaging! I take immense pride in helping those I coach overcome their challenges because that was me twelve years ago; I struggled immensely when I first joined swim team and I'm excited to help kids and adults alike reach their potential in the way my coaches helped me reach mine. Despite my various extra curriculars, I've always centered my summers around swim coaching and the wonderful swim team community. This year I look forward to yet another summer of incredible memories and fulfilling coaching experiences. 


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

Natalie Goldstein 301-801-4550

Hello! My name is Natalie, and I am super excited to be returning for another year to coach the Cudas. This fall, I will be off to the University of Tennessee, still continuing my love for swimming there as well! For my past swimming experience, I have been in the water as early as I can remember. Getting involved with any and all swimming time I can. Since 4th grade, I have been an all year round swimmer, swimming with the club team (ASA), and my high school team (Whitman), and of course my favorite, The Carderock Cudas! I have gotten great coaching experiences from outside teams, and hope to bring back what I have learned to the young ones to help out. Between very useful techniques on strokes, speed improvements, and correct form, I believe I can support children all ages perform more comfortably in the water this season. I am happy to coach all ages of children, no matter their skill strength is to help to find their passion for swimming too. Whether there is a small fix or larger scale improvements, I am more than welcome to help out. Can’t wait to see you all this summer!!

Molly McPhaul 240-204-2548

I started my career as a Cuda at the ripe old age of 4, and I’ve enjoyed every summer since then, swimming with my siblings, friends, and making memories- especially looking forward to water polo and donuts every Friday morning! For the past three years, I have been a Winter swim coach for Tuckahoe Recreation Club in McClean, Virginia, coaching all levels of swimmers ranging from ages 5 to 15. I look forward to working with the future of the Cudas!

Tima Beisenova 240-204-0444,

Hello, my name is Tima Beisenov. I am 17 year old and I am a rising senior at Walt Whitman high school. I have been on the swim team for 5 year now and it has been one of the best parts of my summer. I have played water polo on the Whitman water polo team for three years and am currently playing for the Capital Water Polo club. I started coaching last year and I am really happy to come back this year.

Isabella Bravo 240-281-3798,

Hi I’m Isabella! I’m 16 years old and I have been swimming at carderock since I was 6. I have had such great experiences swimming on the team and helping out as well. I worked as a coach last year and am excited to work as a coach this year again!

Halle Cho 240-506-6030,

Hi, I’m Halle and I’ve been swimming with the Cudas for 8 years now! Being part of the Carderock Community is most definitely the best part of my summer every year. I’ve been swimming year round for almost 5 years while also playing soccer for Bethesda. I’ve been on both sports teams at Whitman. Although I play soccer, the Cudas have made me want to continue swimming on top of it. I’ve previously worked with kids at Carderock during Summer Fun or helping out with Mini Cudas last year. I also have experience babysitting around the neighborhood. Working with kids is another highlight of my summers and I’m excited for this year’s season!

Jereme Corbin 301-395-1495

HI! My name is Jereme Corbin. I’ve been a Cuda for 12 years and have loved every second of it. This is my first year as an assistant swim coach and was a mini cudas coach last year. I have two brothers that both swim (one older and one younger) and spend literally my whole summer at the pool. I’m also the BEST water polo player at Carderock so if you want some pointers look no further. Other than being a coach, I have been a lifeguard at Carderock for the last 4 years, I’m finishing my senior year at Whitman High School and am going to Davidson College in the fall. I’m SUPER excited for one final Carderock Cudas season helping the younger kids bring a Division K championship back to Carderock. Other than swimming I’m the SGA senior class president and played football and baseball at whitman. I can’t wait for the summer to come! Go Cudas!!!!!

Jonathan Lindstrom 202-503-6636,

Hello! My name is Jonathan Lindstrom, I am 16 and have 3 brothers. I am a rising a junior at Walt Whitman high school. I have been on the swim team for the past 10 years and on the dive team for the past 3 years. I dive year round on a National team and compete across the US in competitions. I have a lot of experience babysitting and was a summer fun counselor for 3 years. I love coaching swim and dive and enjoy seeing athletes grow as I have over the years!!

Lauren Long (301) 906-2803,

Hi, I’m Lauren Long I’m 16 and a rising Junior. 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) last year. This will be my second year coaching. I’m very excited to be back coaching preeteam and minicudas! I can’t wait for another amazing season! Go Cudas!

Jasmine Wong (301) 275-2809,

Hi I’m Jasmine, and I am 16 years old and a rising senior at The French International School. This will be my 9th year swimming for the Cudas, and my second year working as a coach for the Mini Cudas. 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!

Kit Fleming 301-366-1686

Hi, I'm Kit! I'm a rising junior at Walt Whitman High School and I have been swimming on a year-round team for almost 5 years now, which all started with Cudas. I also swim on the Whitman team. This is my first year working as an official coach, but I have experience volunteering as a mini-cudas coach and 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'm very excited to finally be a coach!

Nathan Hackel (858) 248-5637

Hi, my name’s Nathan Hackel. I’m 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Walt Whitman High School. I started swimming competitively in Japan on the Okinawan Dolphin swim team when I was 9-years-old. Three years later, we moved to Tampa, Florida where I played for a club water polo team. There I had the opportunity to help coach Aquatikids, a program aimed at teaching 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. Last summer when I moved to Bethesda I had a great time as a counselor in the Summer Fun Program. This school year I joined the Whitman’s water polo club and swim team as well as the Potomac water polo team. I’m very excited to start coaching this season and look forward to a great summer with the Cudas!

Ida McLaughlin 202-579-6356

I started swimming almost seven years ago for the Cudas. I briefly swam for ASA- a club team- in 8th grade then started rowing in 9th grade. I swam for Whitman this past year in addition to crew and plan to be on both teams for the rest of my time at Whitman. Previously I have volunteered to help coach mini cudas and pre team along with working at the club desk last summer. I'm super excited to finally work as a coach this year and can't wait for an AMAZING season.

Zahava Van Leeuwen (240) 498-1696

Hi I’m Zahava, and I am 15 years old, a rising sophomore at Walt Whitman High School. This will be my 11th year swimming for the Cudas, starting at age 4. I swam year round up until last year, because of my commitment to my club soccer team as well as Whitman soccer. I have worked with kids through programs such as Summer Fun, as well as babysitting throughout the neighborhood. I have three siblings who are all on the swim team, and it’s the highlight of our summer! I’m so excited to be a coach this swim season, and excited for a great season!


Rates for swim and dive lessons are set by the club. Lessons are a private arrangement between you and the coach. You pay the coach directly at the time of the lesson.

1 person private lesson, $25 for ½ hr (swim only)

2 person semi-private lesson, $30 for ½ hr ($15 each - swim only)

1 person private lesson, $40/hr (swim or dive)

2 person private lesson $50/hr. ($25 each - swim or dive)

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