Viking Invades Practice at Northwest Arkansas Aquatics (NWAA) Sharks

by Shawn Klosterman 1

September 13th, 2017 Club, Lifestyle, News

The Viking tends to travel a lot.  When I hit the road, I sometimes try to leave a little earlier than needed, hoping I can sneak into a workout somewhere with friends along the way.  As a masters athlete, it is always nice to work out with a group rather than alone, but as a coach who is also involved in LSC governance, I like to take the time to chat with coaches, learn about how they organize and run their teams, and of course steal all of their secrets.

Last Friday I barged my way into a practice with the Northwest Arkansas Sharks in Bentonville, Arkansas.  NWAA is coached by Marcel Da Ponte, who moved in a few years ago from a coaching job in Arizona and had previously coached at Pretoria Aquatic Club in South Africa.  Under his tenure the club has moved up from zero to Level 3 Club Recognition and currently boasts four Junior National Qualifiers, one US Open and Senior National Qualifier, and six individual high school All-Americans.

Luckily, this wasn’t too difficult of a workout. This Norseman is just getting back into training again after well over a year off.  I think Coach Marcel might have intentionally taken it easy on me.



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Tracy Harlow
5 years ago

Nice story, Shawn. Careful in those Shark-infested waters!