|Beth Bedell started to swim competitively as a nine year old with the Brea City Thunderbirds swim club. She swam for Brea Olinda High and continued to swim at Fullerton College in California. Beth was a successful swimmer, probably because of a little talent and tons of hard work. She loved to win and worked hard to hit the wall first every time. Beth was a state qualifier all four years in high school. The Brea Wildcats won the CIF title twice during Beth’s high school years on the team. She states that her high and low was in 1979 when she had the opportunity to swim in an Olympic Trials Qualifier Meet. Beth has said that much to her amazement she was not as good as she thought or rather there were a lot of swimmers in between Beth and Tracy Caulkins, her breast stroking hero.
Coach Bedell began her teaching career at 18 when she realized teaching children to swim was more rewarding than the monotony of life guarding. She started giving lessons at the YMCA in California and would ride her Moped to backyard pools to teach group lessons. After two summers Beth decided to ‘internship’ with her mentor Sandra Williams. Sandra was a widely respected teacher known for teaching babies to swim. Sandra worked as a bookkeeper with the then LA Rams and would teach many of the football players children. Sandy agreed to teach Beth with the understanding that Beth would teach Sandy’s methods or not teach at all. Sandy was firm, expected perfection and never gave up. Beth left with a complete toolbox of skills which she still uses today to teach children correct technique. Coach Bedell believes first a swimmer must learn proper technique and then the speed will then follow.
Beth Bedell coached high school swim for two years, but spent most of her water time teaching children to swim. The move to Northern Virginia in 2003 opened her eyes to competitive swimming again. The Mason Makos learned of Beth’s skill level and asked her to join their coaching team. Beth agreed to coach the mini Makos and the age groupers and was thrilled when her daughter expressed a desire to swim competitively. Beth became involved in summer swim, a monster not well known in Southern California where swimming is truly year round. She continued teaching beginning swimmers, but started focusing on the swim team swimmers. Beth began attending seminars, talking to other coaches, watching videos and learning everything she could to increase her knowledge of coaching and prepare her swimmers appropriately. She is an American Swim Coach Association Level II certified coach and spent three years as LRR Stingrays head coach. She considers swimming is a life sport. Beth Bedell’s passion for all aspects of swimming is something she enjoys teaching her beginners, competitors and leisure swimmers. Beth Bedell founded SWB as a program for everyone who has an interest in quality stroke instruction.
|Paul Farello began swimming competitively in northeast Ohio at the age of 8 and swam through high school in the YMCA and AAU programs, qualifying for Y Nationals several years. Paul went on to swim for four years on the varsity team at Miami University, a Division I school in southwest Ohio, specializing in breaststroke and butterfly but also swimming IM and sprint freestyle. After college, Paul spent one year as the head coach of the Hamilton, OH YMCA and took several swimmers to Y Nationals. Paul then moved to Silver Spring, MD where he coached a team in the Montgomery County Swim League for a couple summers. After a period pursuing other endeavors, Paul returned to the swimming world when his oldest daughter took up the sport, and now all three of his kids are avid swimmers. In addition to coaching for Swim with Beth, Paul is the head coach of the NVSL Poplar Tree Pirates’ winter swim program.
Paul firmly believes that 1) if a swimmer’s mechanics are sound, the potential for speed will be there and 2) repetition is important for young swimmers to reinforce what they learn. Paul will focus on various drills to develop the proper mechanics for all four strokes as well as for starts, turns, and finishes. His hope is that your swimmers will think about what they learn at Swim with Beth when they're swimming elsewhere or even when they're out of the water. He also hopes that your swimmers will develop a lifelong love for the sport like he has.
|Matt Selerno||Matt has begun his second season in the Swim with Beth program; this will mark Matt's 20th season as a swimming coach.
Matt currently serves as a coach for the Mason Makos for their morning programs, his fifth season with the organization. Matt has served as the head coach at Howard University for five seasons from 2009 through 2014 as well as an assistant coach at Davidson College for the 2008-2009 season. Prior to collegiate coaching, Matt was the head coach of Fairfax High School from 2003-2008, capturing three Virginia Northern Region titles and winning the Girls Virginia State Championship in 2008, the first in Fairfax’s history. Matt was also the head coach for the NVSL's Villa Gorillas from 2004 through 2008 and again in 2010.
Matt graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2003, majoring in psychology and elementary education and swimming for the Tribe all four seasons, serving as co-captain for his senior season. He earned his Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from the University of Virginia in 2010 and is currently an assistant principal with Fairfax County Public Schools. Matt resides in Springfield with his wife, Patty, and their 1-year old daughter, Genevieve.
|Russell Ramey started swimming competitively at the age of 6, and competed for Burke Station of the NVSL from 8 to 12 years of age. He swam one season with the Curl Burke swim club. He then moved his summers to the beach, where he swam for the Ocean Pines swim team in Ocean Pines, MD from the ages of 13 to 18. Russell lettered all four years at Lake Braddock High School, and captained the team his senior year. The summer before college, he coached the Ocean Pines team. He went on to swim for East Carolina University. This past summer, Russell loved watching his 6-year-old daughter compete for the Virginia Run Riptide, while he acted as a starter and stroke and turn official.|
|Riley DeLacy||Riley DeLacy has been swimming competitively for NCAP in the winter and for the Hunter Mill Sharks in the summer since she was 8 years old. Since then, she has competed in multiple individual and relay all stars as well as Junior Olympics. Riley's favorite part of swimming is being active and having fun with friends. Her favorite swim memory is breaking the pool record with her relay team. This is Riley's second yet coaching and she is looking forward to a year of learning and having fun!|
|Justin Brady started swim lessons at 5. He just loved being in the water and still does! He joined a competitive summer swim team at age 7 and still swims in the summer for Fair Oaks Sharks. He started year round swimming at age 8 with Beth as his coach on the Mason Makos swim team where he continues to swim. His favorite stroke is backstroke. He started teaching with Beth this year and loves seeing the young kids trying so hard to improve.|
|My name is Adam Dembicki. This is my second year coaching for the “Swim with Beth” program. I started as a student three years ago; this will be my fourth year swimming with Beth. I swim with the Fairfax Frogs (summer) and Mason Makos (winter), also. Beth has taught me that great technique is important for competitive swimming. It has allowed me to swim at Divisionals, All-Stars, and Junior Olympics.|
|Audrey Hunter has been swimming since the age of 5, when I joined the parliament panthers. I started doing winter swim at the age of 9, for mason makos and became a year around swimmer ever since. My favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle. I am now a sophomore at Lake Braddock Secondary School and swam on their swim and dive team.
I started coaching the mini panthers at my summer team, and loved working with the children. I worked mostly with the 8 & unders trying to make a whole 25 across the pool. This is my first year assisting coach Beth and am looking forward to meeting and helping more kids!
|Chris Schuering is a current middle schooler that learned to swim when he was only 3 years old. He has been on a competitive swim team since he was 5 and has loved every moment of it. Clearly, he has many years of swimming behind him and as a result, has learned the importance of good technique. He loves the sport and is very excited to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge of swimming to the kids at Swim With Beth.|
|Elizabeth Williams is in 7th grade at Franklin Middle School. Swimming since she was 5, Elizabeth swam with SwB for 5 years and is now in her 3rd year as a coach. Elizabeth swims competitively year round, and butterfly is her favorite stroke.|
|Regan Hau started swimming at 6 months old and she hasn’t been able to stop ever since. She loves swimming because she enjoys being around her friends who are passionate about swimming as well. Regan’s favorite swim memory is when her medley relay team won 1st place at the NVSL All Stars. Regan swims year-around at NCAP, and in the summer at Hunter Mill. Breaststroke is her favorite event, but Regan also loves backstroke. Regan joined Swim with Beth at 6 years old, and this will be her first year coaching. Regan is looking forward to it!|
|Thomas Cronin began swimming at the age of 4 and has been swimming ever since. In the summer, he swims with the Villa Aquatics Club “Villa Gorillas” and will be swimming with the Mason Makos this coming year. His favorite stroke is breaststroke.
Having been a student in Swim with Beth for many years, he now looks forward to his first year assisting Coach Beth in her program. He is excited to work with the swimmers to improve their strokes and continue to enjoy the sport.
|Madeline Ice has been swimming competitively with the Lee Graham and Mason Makos swim teams since 2005. She began working with younger swimmers and building her coaching skills in 2014. Madeline is excited to work with young swimmers and to share with them her love of the sport.|
|Hi! I'm Zoe Lansbury, and I am a 16yr old sophomore at Lake Braddock Secondary School. I first began swimming when my mom took me to a Mommy and Me swim class when I was just 6 months old. Since then I have been completely in love with swimming, and now I get to swim all year round for a team. Last winter, I began coaching for my summer swim team's winter maintenance program, and for Swim with Beth - I have discovered that I love coaching swimming too!|
|Catherine Lim is currently a seventh grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. She swims for MAKO Swimming during the year and Oakton Otters in the summer. This is Catherine’s first year coaching for Swim With Beth and she will be coaching on Saturday mornings.
Catherine has been swimming competitively for the past six years and during that time she has qualified for a variety of swim meets including NVSL Allstars and Allstar Relays, PVS Junior Olympics, PVS Long Course Champs, National Age Group Swimming Association Showcase Classic, and Eastern Zone Long Course Champs. Catherine also holds records for MAKO Swimming, including 10&Under LC100 Back and 11-12 LC800 Free.
Catherine is really excited to coach with Swim With Beth and enjoys helping young swimmers.
|Katherine Helms currently attends South County Middle School as a 7th grader. After participating in the Swim With Beth program for two years, Katherine is assisting Coach Bedell on Saturday mornings for the fourth year. She enjoys helping new swimmers learn how to swim.
Katherine started swimming when she was 5 years old, first with the local summer swim team, Crosspointe Cruisers, and then with the Mason Makos. Katherine holds multiple team records for the Mason Makos. Freestyle is her favorite stroke. She qualified for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 National Age Group Swimming Classic in Florida. Katherine consistently qualifies for the Potomac Valley Swimming Junior Olympics meet, NVSL Individual All Stars, and has swam on the Potomac Valley Swimming Zone Team. She is the recipient of numerous Coaches and High Point Awards.
|Ryan Moore||My name is Ryan Moore and this is my first year coaching with Beth. I am 19 and currently attend Northern Virginia Community College. I have been swimming since I was about 6 years old, and my favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke. I was the team captain of my high school swim team my senior year at Manteo High School, which is in the Outer Banks. I look forward to teaching children and having fun!