Competitive Swim Instructors

Meet the Competitive Swim Instructors

Christine

Growing up, Christine swam for NCAP and the Varsity team at Robinson Secondary School.  In her Junior and Senior years, she was a part of record-breaking relays and a point scorer in individual events to help Robinson Women become state champions 2 years in a row in 2009 and 2010. Over the summers, she would coach and compete for the Burke Centre Stingers from the colonial swim league, winning the backstroke event every year since her freshman year.

Her competitive spirit and passion for the sport followed her to college. Christine spent all 4 years swimming at Old Dominion University, a Division 1 NCAA school where she became an accomplished 400 and 200 IMer with a specialty in the backstroke events. During college, she also became a coach and lesson instructor at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, building her love for coaching and helping kids grow and succeed in such a demanding sport.

After she graduated college, Christine moved back home and was given the opportunity to join Machine Aquatics in September of 2015. She has over 12 years of coaching experience and enjoys being a part of such an amazing team and program.

Coco

Coco Buck is a former Olympic Trial Qualifier swimmer, swim instructor, and Certified Personal Trainer. She grew up swimming in the Fairfax County area (York Swim Club and Herndon High School) and went on to swim for Mark Bernardino at The University of Virginia (UVA). She started coaching swimming in high school at VAC (Vienna Aquatic Club) and later for The Langley Club. She even coached senior prep and senior swimmers for a local USA Swimming team. In 2013, Coco started her own business, Hydrodynamic Training LLC which provides individual and small group stroke technique swim lessons. Coco and her company were named runner-up in the 2015 “Best of Loudoun” edition of Leesburg Today.  She also currently works with Olympic swimmers as an Event Manager for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour to help host events all over the country. She has a passion for fun, creativity, and teaching swimmers the importance of connecting with and understanding their bodies in the water.

Jason

Jason is in his third season with Machine Aquatics. Jason leads the National Prep Groups at both Oakmarr and Madeira while continuing to assist the National Team. He also coaches two evenings per week with the Madeira Age Group program. Prior to joining Machine, Jason spent 2 ½ years with Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX, 7 years with the Darien YMCA Piranhas in Darien, CT, and 3 years with the Whippany Waves in NJ. Throughout his career, Jason has coached swimmers ranging from beginners to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. He also spent this past summer Head Coaching the Hunter Mill Sharks of the NVSL. In 2016, Jason was selected by USA Swimming to be on the staff for the National Diversity Select Camp at the OTC in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jason believes in a positive approach and enjoys motivating swimmers to not only reach their goals, but to surpass them. He hopes to accomplish this through hard work and an ALL IN commitment to the team! Outside of the pool he spends his time watching sports and cheering for the NY Giants, NY Mets, NJ Devils, WVU Mountaineers, and Notre Dame Football! He have an identical twin brother who is also a swim coach.

Shannon

From Triangle, VA, Shannon started swimming competitively at the age of 6. She swam for PWSL in Prince William County and swam year round for Occoquan Swimming until the age of 14. At 14, she made the transition to Machine Aquatics where she swam with Christian Doud and then later on with Dan Jacobs and qualified for Junior National meets and Arena Pro Series Meets. During her high school career, Shannon swam for Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, VA where she was the 2011 VA AAA State Champion in the 200 free.

Shannon eventually went on to swim Division 1 at James Madison University. During her time there, she was a 6x ALL-CAA swimmer. Her senior year she was the CAA conference champion in the 200IM and part of winning relays. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science concentrating in Public Health Education. Shannon has worked with Machine Aquatics since 2013 at the swim school and is excited that she will be on deck as well as continuing working at the swim school.