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Our High Performance Service Team holds the swimmer's best interest at heart, whether their focus is to achieve a personal best or qualify for a national competition. 

 

Core Principle: "Being the Best You Can Be"

Nikolay Shevchenko

Team Manager/Head Coach

Email: Nikolay@FreedomAquatics.com

 

Nikolay has a powerful background of training, personal achievements and education. He has also been mentored by many of the most successful, well known leaders and athletes who taught him all the basics, techniques and know-how in sports, leadership and business development. This exposure gave him a colossal support and foundation both in swimming and everyday life situations.

Sue Lecarreaux

Head Age Group Coach/Technical Expert

Email: Sue@FreedomAquatics.com

 

Sue Lecarreaux has a long and diverse history in swimming. She grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with the great opportunity to swim under some renowned coaches such as Jack Nelson and Terry Carlisle. Proper technique was always stressed and there was always plenty of high level competition. She attended Florida State University and graduated with a B.S. in education.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and over 10 years of extensive study in Psychology, Business Management, International Business and Control of Education

 

Swimming experience:

  • Russian Junior Nationals Winner

  • US and Russian Nationals Qualifier

  • US Open Qualifier

  • NCAA US Nationals Winner

  • ECAC Champion

  • Certified Member of the All-America Collegiate Swimming Team

  • Over 25 years of competitive swimming experience

 

Coaching Experience:

  • Over 10 years as a Private Technique Coach working with swimmers of every level

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach Since 2012

  • Served as a Junior and Senior Swimmers’ Coach at Richmond Aquatics Club

  • Member of American Swimming Coaches Association

  • Selected Metro Zone Team Coach of 2014, 2015 and 2016

  • Selected Coach for Metro All Stars Training Camp 2014 under the guidance of Olympic Coach Sergio Lopez Miro and Olympic Swimmer Peter VanderKaay

  • Selected Coach for Metro Annual Outreach Swimming Clinic 2014 with Olympic Swimmers Doug Lennox and Brett Fraiser

  • Selected Coach for Brackin Elite Training Best Swim Camp 2015 under the guidance of Olympic Coaches Dave Durden and Kim Brackin

  • Selected Coach for 4UElite Swimming Clinic with Megan Romano 2018

 

Achievements and Awards:

  • Selected Coach for 2019 USA Swimming Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO

  • Metropolitan Swimming's Must Watch Age Group Coach of the Year for the 2016 - 2017 Season

  • Active Member of Metropolitan Swimming Strategic Planning Committiee

  • Riverbank Redtails International Invitational Coach Award 2014

  • Honorable Mench*ion Leadership Award 2015  

  • Nikolay prepared numerous athletes who qualified for Sectionals, Senior Mets, Eastern Zones, IM Xtreme Games and Junior Olympics Championships as well as constantly being recognized as Metro Top - 25 fastest swimmers

But, there was no women's swim team at that time, so swimming competitively seemed to be over. After teaching for 11 years in public schools and 4 years in private schools and raising four children, she returned to swimming as a Masters swimmer. Over the years she has had 77 US Top Ten swims and 3 World Top Ten swims.  In 1999, she began using her teaching abilities and knowledge of swimming technique to teach children and adults to swim. Over the years she has helped many overcome their fear of the water, learn to swim, achieve  success in competitive swimming and even trained many tri-athletes to swim with less effort and more speed.

"I love children and love swimming. The art and science of swimming develops the whole child. It builds character, teaches the acceptance of victory and defeat, teaches goal setting, working as a team, personal accountability, and how to make good decisions. I'm so proud and thankful to be coaching at Freedom!"

  • Registered USMS Coach 2010-2015

  • Member of USMS Swimming 1998-2016

  • Registered USA Swimming Coach 2015-2016

  • Member American Swim Coach Association 2010-2016

Antonio Gaspar 

Age Group Coach

 

Antonio comes to us after having been the Head Swim coach for the NYC Parks - Staten Island Shockwaves for 10 years. Under his leadership, the team was ranked 2nd among all 13 indoor parks and recreation swim teams for 3 years in a row 2015-2018. Coach Antonio was also the Head Coach for Brooklyn College Men’s and women’s swim teams for 3 years. In the CUNYAC Championships, his men finished third, the team's highest finish in history.

Coach lex Protsenko brings with him over 18 year's of swimming experience both in and out of the pool. He is a former 3 time Ukrainian National Champion as well as a medalist at the European Championships and he also was a candidate for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 as a part of Ukrainian National swimming team. He has gone on to build an exemplary reputation as a Coach and Instructor throughout the Metropolitan area.

Alex Protsenko

Age Group Coach/Technical Expert

Email: Alex@FreedomAquatics.com

Alex Protsenko

Age Group Coach/Technical Expert

Email: Alex@FreedomAquatics.com

Brian Jensen

Age Group Coach

Brian began his swimming career with the YMCA Flushing Flyers, qualifying for three State’s teams. He went on to swim for Queensborough community college for two years qualifying for the NJCAA nationals in the 50,100,200 freestyle and the 100 fly in both years for the team. He then continued his academic and athletic career at Brooklyn college. In his first year at Brooklyn College he was a top 5 CUNY swimmer in the 50, 100 free and 100 fly. In his second year, he was a part of 4 school record breaking relays reaching 2 gold and 2 silver medals in his CUNY Championships. After completing his collegiate swimming career, he went on to become an assistant coach at Brooklyn College. 

​    Education

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  • B.A., University of Drury

      Major: Exercise and Sport Science                                                              

  • Masters, National Human Academy                           Major: Social Management        

NCAA DIVISION II SWIMMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 2010: 4x100 medley relay national champion, 4x200 freestyle relay national champion, 200-yard backstroke second place, 200-yard freestyle second place, 100-yard backstroke fourth place

  • 2009: 4x200 freestyle relay national champion, 200-yard backstroke third place, 100-yard backstroke sixth place

  • 2008: 100-yard backstroke national champion, 200-yard backstroke second place, 4x100 medley relay national champion, 4x200 freestyle relay second place

INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 2008: Ukraine-Czech Republic-Poland meet: 50-meter backstroke 3rd place place, 100-meter backstroke champion, 200-meter backstroke second place

  • 2007: European Championship in France: 4x100 medley relay 2nd place ,Ukraine-Czech Republic-Poland meet: 50-meter backstroke champion, 100-meter backstroke champion, 200-meter backstroke 2nd place, 4x100 medley relay champion

  • 2004: Open National Championships of Denmark: 100-meter backstroke champion

SWIMMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF UKRAINE

  • 2010: 100-meter 3rd place, 4x100 medley relay national champion, 4x100 freestyle relay 2nd place.

  • 2009: 50-meter backstroke national champion, 100-meter 3rd place, 200-meter backstroke 2nd place, 4x200 freestyle relay national champion, 4x100 freestyle relay second place

  • 2008: 50-meter backstroke national champion, 100-meter backstroke national champion, 4x100 medley relay national champion

  • 2007: 50-meter backstroke second place, 100-meter backstroke 2nd place.

  • 2006: 100-meter backstroke third place, 200-meter backstroke 2nd place, 4x100 medley relay 2nd place

  • 2005:  200-meter backstroke 3rd place, 4x50 freestyle relay 3rd place, 4x50 medley relay 3rd place.

SWIMMING CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS OF UKRAINE

  • 2006:  100-meter backstroke national champion, 50-meter backstroke 3rd place.

  • 2005:  200-meter backstroke second place

NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF UKRAINE

  • 2006:  50-meter backstroke city champion, 100-backstroke city champion, 200-meter backstroke city champion

  • 2005: 12t h Spatrakiade of Kharkov: 50-meter backstroke city champion, 100-backstroke city champion,

  • 200-meter backstroke city champion, Universiade of Ukraine: 100-meter backstroke 1st, 200-meter backstroke 3rd

  • 2004: 50-meter backstroke city champion, 100-backstroke city champion, 200-meter backstroke city champion

  • 2003: 50-meter backstroke city champion, 100-backstroke city champion, 200-meter backstroke city champion 

     

Merouane Ould Abbou

Age Group Coach

Merouane is expanding his role in our Freedom family by adding the title of Coach to his current “parent” status. Coach Abbou adds his international experience as a swim coach having coached in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, France and the USA as well as his ability to utilize the newest training techniques and his background in education, applied psychology and performance swimming to our coaching staff. He is a certified USA Swimming Coach, a US Masters swimming member and is certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2.