April 2014

Meet Your America’s Swim Team teammates!

Did you know that as a member of USA Swimming, you are on the same team as 400,000 other swimmers across the country? Yep, your team includes heroes like Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin, as well as all the kids on this page. Whether you swim in Eureka or Topeka, you are a member of America’s Swim Team!


western ZoneChiara Coronado (medium)

Name: Chiara Coronado
Age: 10
Team: Monticello Aquatic Club Seals "MACS"
Role Models: Coach Matt Mills and Missy Franklin
Favorite Strokes: Breaststroke and Backstroke
Favorite Events: 50/100 Breaststroke and 100 Backstroke
Favorite Swimmers: Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte
Future Goal: Go to Olympics and earn a gold medal
Hobbies: Swimming, Running, and playing with my cousins
Famous Person you'd like to meet: Missy Franklin, she makes me believe I can achieve my goals to become an Olympian.
Favorite Book: Goofballs by Tony Abott
Favorite Movie: Oz, the Great and Powerful
When I grow up I want to be: an Olympic swimmer and swim coach
If I could Change One thing it would be: I would like all bullying to stop.


central ZoneMatthew Gendreau (medium)

Name: Matthew Gendreau
Age: 9
Team: LifeTime Minnesota Bears
Role Models: Mom, Dad, Coach Tom and my best friend, Kaden
Favorite Strokes: Freestyle and Backstroke
Favorite Events: 100 & 50 Free, 100 & 50 Back
Favorite Swimmer: Matt Grevers
Future Goal: Break 1:00 in the 100 Free (currently at 1:07)
Hobbies: Swimming, drawing and sledding
Famous People You'd Like To Meet: Matt Grevers and Justin Zook (Para-Olympian)
Favorite Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Favorite Movie: "Ace Ventura Pet Detective" and "Eight Below"
When I Grow Up I Want To Be: A Navy Seal or a gym teacher
If I Could Change One Thing It Would Be: That there would be peace.


eastern ZoneAkshara Shankar (medium)

Name: Akshara Shankar
Age: 9
Team: Shawmut, MA
Role models: My parents, grandparents and Jenny Thompson
Favorite strokes: Backstroke and breast stroke
Favorite events: 100 backstroke, 50 breast, 50 free and medley relay
Favorite swimmers: Jenny Thompson and Missy Franklin
Future goal: To make it to a good college and become a champion swimmer
Hobbies: Swimming, playing lacrosse, playing the clarinet and reading.
Famous person you'd like to meet: Adam Levine
Favorite book: Mockingbird
Favorite movie: The Hobbit
When I grow up I want to be: A doctor who practices sports medicine
If I could change one thing it would be: Bring peace and happiness to everyone in the world.


southern ZoneTamaroff Brothers (medium)

Names: Jared, Alec and Dylan Tamaroff
Age: 11, We are triplets.
Team: Swimfast
Role Models: Ryan Lochte and my mom and dad.
Favorite Stroke: breaststroke
Favorite Swimmers: Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.
Favorite Events: 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle.
Future Goals: Swim for the Gators.
Hobbies: Legos, playing drums and guitar.
Famous people you would like to meet: Pharrell Williams and George Clooney.
Favorite Book: Hungar Games
Favorite Movie: The Lego Movie.
When we grow up we want to be: A lawyer like my dad.
If we could change one thing it would be: To help everyone to have a house and food.


Want to see your profile in Splash Magazine or on usaswimming.org? Answer all of the questions above and send your answers and a photo to splash@usaswimming.org. To see more of your America's Swim Team teammates, visit our Athlete Focus archive.

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