LILIYA SHTIKEL


This is my second year coaching for Excel. I have been involved in aquatics for over 15 years and have been coaching for the past 10. I attended Shorewood High School where I swam and played water polo. After high school, I attended Syracuse University and played water polo until transferring to Seattle University. I just graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. In the past I have coached for the Shoreline Gators, Shorewood High School Water Polo Club, Syracuse Men’s Water Polo Club, Sheridan Beach Swim Club, and Cascade Swim Club.  I currently work part-time at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter as a Program Coordinator. I love coaching and working with youth and I am thrilled to join the amazing team of coaches at Excel. 

MARIA CARVAJAL


A Seattle Native, I swam competitively at Meadowbrook pool for various clubs and teams. This included swimming wih Excel through high school. My main event was the 50 yard backstroke, although I enjoy swimming butterfly as well as sprint distance freestyle. After graduating from high school in 2005, I began coaching for Excel as a certified coach member of USA swimming. The majority of my coaching experience is with children ten and under. I love the sport of swimming and hope to pass this love on to my swimmers.

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JAKE MCCOLLOUGH


I was born in Seattle and have lived here my whole life. I started swimming competitively in 2003 at age 7 with Wedgwood Swim Club and joined Excel Swim Club later that year. I also swam with Cascade Swim Club and King Aquatic Club during middle school and high school. I attended Whitworth University, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. I swam all four years in college, specializing in the 500 free, 400 IM, and 200 fly. I also coach Nathan Hale High School boys and girls swim teams. This is my first year coaching club swimming and I am excited to be back with Excel and to share my experience and love of the sport with children of all ages. 

TOM LINDE
Born and raised in Seattle, I started my competitive swimming career at the Sand Point Country Club in 1960.  I also competed for Cascade Swim Club and Nathan Hale High School. I was a thirteen time Age Group All American specializing in butterfly and freestyle and set two National Records in 11 & 12 yr relays.

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I started Excel Swim Club in 1993, but my coaching career began at Roosevelt High School in 1970 while attending the University of Washington. The span of my career includes 27 years coaching at Roosevelt and Bothell High Schools, in addition to time with Seattle Downtown YMCA, Seattle Swim Club, Mill Creek Swim Club, Cascade Swim Club, Swim Seattle, and several Seattle Summer Swim League teams including Sand Point Country Club, where I have been the Aquatics Director and Head Coach since 1989. 


Philosophy:  To provide an environment for personal growth, having fun, making friends and learning to swim fast. To not become an obstacle in the swimmer's path to excellence but a resource in realizing their potential.

Excel Swim Club is a competitive swim club for ages 5-18, located in the Seattle area. Our staff of certified coaches will guide and encourage our swimmers in their quest for excellence. We understand the busy schedules of the school year and celebrate your participation at whatever level that may be.  

PAYTON PEDERSEN


I have been swimming since I was 3 years old. I started my competitive career at age 6, swimming for Sand Point. I then joined Casacade Swim Club for 9 years and then joined Excel for my last few months  as a year-round swimmer. I also swam varsity for Roosevelt High school, and had the honor of being one of their captains in 2017. In fall 2018, I started as a student at the University of Washington and started as a coach for Excel. I can’t wait to get to know the Excel swimmers more and share my love of the sport with them! 

CHRIS STONER


I was born in Puyallup where I swam for the Puyallup Aquatic Club and later South Sound Titans. At the age of 11, I moved to Davis California and swam for the Davis Aquadarts. I continued to swim throughout college and beyond with the Davis Aquatic Masters. My main events are the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 IM and I occasionally try sprint freestyle. I began to coach for the Summerdart program, an 8 week swim summer league, in 2005 and became a full time coach for the Aquadarts in 2010 while I attended UC Davis. Swimming has always been an anchor for me and I love to be around the pool! I believe swimming provides a healthy balance of fun and focus as well as rewarding physical and mental challenges. It is a lifelong skill and teaches many valuable lessons for all involved.  

MATT MILLER


I've been involved in local swimming for the majority of my life. I swam for Wedgwood Swim Club from ages 5-19 and have coached there for the past 18 summers. Along with my summer league coaching, I have coached at three different high-schools in the North Seattle area over the past 13 years. Most recently, I've been Program Head of both Girls and Boys Swim & Dive programs at Lakeside School for the past four years. I also work in the Admissions Office at Lakeside during the school year and have coached baseball at Blanchet High School for the past 14 springs. I believe the reason I continually find myself working with elementary to high school aged athletes is to provide them with a passionate coach who truly cares about their growth, maturation, and continued competency in that specific sport - as well as facilitating their enjoyment and minor to major successes along the way. As a coach, my goals regularly revolve around continued professional development for myself, but - more importantly - consistent improvement, year-to-year retention, stroke/drill competency, and joy/love for the lifelong sport of swimming for my athletes.

MEGAN RADVICK

I am a Seattle native and began swimming competitively at the age of 11 with Cascade Swim Club.  That following summer I began swimming at the Sand Point Country Club and was coached by Tom Linde.  I followed him to Swim Seattle and also swam for Roosevelt High School.  I have coached age group swimming for the past 20 years at the Sand Point Country Club and with Excel for the last 14 years.  My goal for each of my swimmers is to give them the tools to be successful not only in the swimming community but outside of it as well by teaching them to respect themselves as well as others, to work hard, and never to give up.