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Naperville Waves Adult Swim Club
Illinois Masters State Champions 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014. ...

Masters and Triathlon Swimmers Age 18 & Over

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Waves Coaches


Head Coach Sue

   Sue is the head coach and founder of the Naperville Waves Swim Club in 1999. Sue has been a life long swimmer since the age of 4 and swam both in high school in Peoria and college at the University of Iowa. Her passion is coaching, and she spent several summers coaching swimming as a teen and resumed coaching when she became involved in triathlon in 1995. As an athlete, Sue has raced all distances of triathlons completing two Ironmans and gaining all American status in both triathlon and swimming. 
 - After 16 years working in as a Registered Nurse she turned her focus back to coaching. She has coached hundreds of athletes in the Midwest in both swimming & triathlon. Locally she has been the Head Coach of Naperville Central Girls Swim Team and Naper Carriage Hill. 
 - She is a level 4 USMS Certified Coach, ASCA Certified, Personal Trainer and keeps her RN License current.  Sue received the Naperville JC’s Distinguished Service award in 2000 and has been named Illinois Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2005, and USMS National Coach of the Year in 2006. She lives in Naperville with her husband and two dogs.

Coach Jo
Assistant Coach Jo


 Assistant Coach Maria Roca

I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. Growing up I spent many hours in the pool and out in the open water in Florida and Puerto Rico with my grandmother and father, a former Cuban Olympic swimmer and boys swim coach for Hinsdale Central. In my family, you had to be a swimmer!
 - I started age group swimming as soon as I was old enough to join a team and just kept going. I was on the girls swim team, a lifeguard/swim instructor and a synchronized swimmer while I attended Hinsdale Central High School. I spent most of my summers life guarding in Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale.
 - After High School I was pretty burned out from swimming so I took a long break from swimming. About ten years later, when I was teaching kindergarten, I spent some of my summers managing the same pool where I used to life guard in Clarendon Hills.
 - After having a baby, I decided to start swimming again to get back in shape and that led to an interest in triathlons. I began competing in sprint triathlons and eventually worked my way up to an Ironman. I've enjoyed competing in open water swims like Big Shoulders and Round the Sound in Bermuda.
 - These days I spend lots of time in the pool, both swimming and coaching. I teach spin classes at Edwards and love to run. I also work part time at the Naperville Running Company.
 - I'm married to Jim Bey, who is also a Waves swimmer. I have three very cool kids; Ellie, Casey and Joshua, and a Chocolate Laborador named Sophie, who loves to swim too.

Assistant Coach Sara

Growing up in the St. Louis area, Sara began swimming at age 6 with Parkway Swim Club and continued swimming through high school. After 17 years away from the sport, she got back in the water in 1999 and began competing in masters swimming on the state and national level.

 - She has been a swim instructor for both children and adults over the past 10 years, began coaching with the Naperville Park  District in 2012, and became a Naperville Waves coach in December 2014.

 - Her favorite part of coaching is helping swimmers of all abilities improve and work toward their individual goals. Sara is aUSMS/ASCA Level 3 certified masters coach.

Assistant Coach Heather

I have been swimming since I taught myself how to swim at age 3.  I swam in both high school and college.  Swimming is the one constant in my life.  In addition to swimming, I have coached since I was 16.  I started coaching the age group team in my town as a junior in high school.  After college I joined a masters swim program in New York City and started my masters coaching in New Jersey back in the early 1990's.  I have been a coach with the Naperville Waves for 13 or 14 years.  I love the Waves - you are my family.  
coach Jim Bey 
Assistant Coach Jim

I swam in high school and at Iowa State University.  My senior year I placed 4th in the 200 yard breaststroke, 6thin the 100 yard breaststroke, and 8th in the 400 yard IM at the Big 8 Championships.  I was voted most improved swimmer on the team.  Since college I have completed four Ironman triathlons, and made the world the Long Course World team in 2000 and competed in Nice France. 
 - I’m a big believer in learning all four strokes.  You want to be a fast freestyler, learn to swim butterfly, back, and breaststroke.  I am married to fellow waves coach Maria and have an 8 year old boy who loves to swim and compete in kids triathlons.


Assistant Coach Dave

 I grew up swimming in Merrillville, Indiana, inspired by Spitz's 1972 Olympic performance.  Fear of getting my face wet lead to swimming lots of backstroke as an age group swimmer.  Eventually, I discovered I could get my face wet and learned to swim the only event that really matters, the 200 IM.  Fourteen years of competitive swimming ended upon graduating from Purdue in 1986.  Coach Sue's gentle persuasion to get back into the water after an eighteen year hiatus resulted in renewed swimming enjoyment and looser fitting pants.  My wife Tricia and I are twenty plus year Naperville residents with our daughter Nicole attending Ohio State.

Assistant Coach Georgia

Georgia grew up in Pittsburgh right around the corner from a 50 M city pool. Every summer day was spent swimming and sun burning. During high school she swam with an age group swim program. She attended the University of Pittsburgh earning BS and MEd degrees. As a member of the first women's swim team sanctioned by Pitt Georgia competed in the first, yes first, Women's Intercollegiate Swimming Championship.
 - Georgia taught PE at the high school and middle school level for twenty-three years. During these years she coached track, cross country and two years of swimming. Joining Waves six years ago again made swimming an important part of Georgia's life.
 - Retirement from public education came three years ago. It found her earning an ACE Personal Trainer Certification and AEA Aquatic Instructor Certification. Now she spends many happy hours swimming, teaching and enjoying her friends at Edward. Georgia has three fabulous sons and a lovely daughter-in-law of whom she is very proud.

Assistant Coach Alice

I was one of six children in a Southside Chicago family. At the age of 8, I severely broke my leg; the doctor recommended swimming to strengthen it. All six of us began swimming competitively that year and continued to do so, through college. I attended and swam at Northern Illinois University. After an eight year hiatus and my first child, I had flair-up of RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and guess what, yep, that’s right, the doctor said “get back in the pool.” That was in 1988, and I have been swimming several times a week ever since.
 - I moved from the Naperville YMCA to the Waves program in its second year, 2000, I think, and couldn’t be happier with the wonderful people and great swim program I found here at Edward Health and Fitness.
 - I have lived with my husband in Naperville for 25 years. We have two college age sons that stop by for food, money and clothes as needed.
Assistant Coach Carrie
I grew up swimming every day in the summer, as part of my mom's strategy to tire out her three children and maintain her sanity.  We moved around quite a bit growing up, so my competitive swimming career was somewhat erratic.  I swam two year's age group swimming in middle school and then for my high schools in 9th and 12th grades.  I lifeguarded, taught swim lessons, and coached summer league for summer jobs.

Shortly after starting my senior year of college, I decided I needed to do something other than just study and be a boring engineer.  I started Masters swimming in the fall of 1996 and have been swimming ever since (though some years I do a better job of getting in the water than others!)  I've been swimming for Waves since 2001 and coaching since 2010.

In July 2010, I made a last minute decision to carpool from 7B to a Waves Ohio Street Beach practice.  I was introduced to my driver by Coach Sue Welker as, "This is Carrie, mother of the cutest 2 little girls!"  With that introduction defusing any pressure that might have been present talking to that nice-looking guy, we chatted all the way to and from downtown Chicago.  Over four years later, Mike Smolinski and I are married and Nora has joined big sisters Megan and Erin in our family!

Assistant Coach Moe

Maura Barrett (Moe) is from Chico, California north of Sacramento. Moe started competitively swimming at age 8. She swam for the Chico Aqua Jets until 2007 when she graduated from Chico High School. Moe attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007 (division 1 men's & women's program). In college she swam 200/100/50 freestyle as well as 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. 
She completed her fourth season in 2011,  and began a fifth season with the team in order to train for Olympic Trials/ US Nationals with the UH team. Moe graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Political Science, Peace & Conflict Education, & American Studies. She moved to Illinois in 2012 and began her first season with the Waves in November of that year.