Sheri Zimmerer Branum-2016 Top 3 & 5 in the world (AG) Championships!- Congrats!
“As we’ve wrapped up this triathlon season, my triathlon team overwhelmingly named the swim clinic with you as the single most important thing we did to help them this year.” – Playmakers Triathlon Team
“Daniel is an extremely passionate, knowledgeable, and highly attentive coach. He gives 110% to his athletes. He has worked with our entire family on swim technique and training. He makes it fun and interesting. He has helped us with the swim to prepare for world events as well as helped us come back from injuries. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve their swim times!”
-Tracy Disabato-Aust – Age-Group World Champion ;Silver Medalist and 3-time USA Triathlon Age Group National Champion
“Daniel has really made my stroke better, and seeing it from underwater is an invaluable tool. Before I started working with him, I swam with straight arms and a deep pull, which put a lot of stress on my shoulders. Now, with Dan’s help, my stroke has a good elbow bend
and an efficient, shallow, powerful pull that let’s me get faster with each stroke. His training and focuses on technique got me to qualify for the Ohio state championship meet in the 500 freestyle my freshman year of high school. I broke four high school records! With his help, I have a very promising outlook for the upcoming seasons.”
– Brittany M.,
Ohio High School State Championships qualifier
“When I first started triathlon I had absolutely no swim background. Daniel was the first person that I worked with that was able to dissect my stroke and pinpoint exactly where I needed to begin working on my technique. His ability to use video analysis, along with his knowledge of pool and open-water swimming allowed me to visually grasp what I was doing incorrectly. Daniel gave me the tools I needed to get a good body position and swim straight for open-water swimming for my triathlon career.”
– Erin Spitler, professional triathlete
“As my training for my first full 140.6 winds down, I wanted to take a moment and thank the people that have helped get me where I am now. Daniel Smith: thank you so much! … From the two underwater swim evaluations to meeting me for workouts, you have been a great friend and coach. In just 6 months time, my 1.2 mile swim has decreased by 7 minutes! And I feel like I’m swimming more efficiently, strong, and fast!”
– Kimberly B
Womens Champion at USAT 70.3 :Maumee Bay tri
4th Overall Woman -Challenge new Albany 2014 (non-elite)
REV3 Cedar Point -4th Overall @Full Iron Distance woman (her first FulIron!)
“You couldn’t find a more positive person than Daniel Smith, and that’s exactly what I needed in a coach. I’ve been a solid competitive swimmer since I was young, yet Daniel was still able to focus in on ways that I could improve. After a year of working with him I had my fastest 50 freestyle time and made it to U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals! … I couldn’t have asked for more, and I’m still learning from his experience. He gives you a reason to keep working hard and gives you the extra boost when you can barely go any more. Then he teaches you how to inspire and motivate yourself the same way in a race. I can’t imagine not working with him or being a part of his team.” –
Briana B., masters swimmer nationals qualifierand age-group triathlete
“I had the honor and privilege of being coaching colleagues with Daniel Smith and Sheila Taormina for a few camps coaching the Wounded Warrior Project of the U.S. Marine Corps for the Warrior Games. Although I was assigned to coach the cycling team, Sheila and Dan coached the swimming team and I was able to also avail of their stroke analysis with Dan’s expert underwater photography. Dan was able to identify errors in my “pull” no one else have seen before since most swim coaches only see what is going on above the water. I was able to improve my swim times for both the half and Ironman distance triathlons and even set a personal best time after working with them. I highly recommend doing a swim session with Dan. Even just one session will reveal so much about your stoke technique and your ability to establish and maintain a high elbow position underwater.”
Arland Macasieb MA-Exercise Physiologist– Professional Triathlete
3x Philippine National Triathlon Champion
2x South East Asian Games Medalist
Philippine Ironman Record Holder
Philippine Hour Record Holder
CEO Filipino American Triathlon Club
“When I first met Daniel, I could barely swim a lap and had a great fear of open-water swimming. Through his patience, technique instruction, dry land exercises programs, endurance training, underwater video analysis and open water race simulation training. I was able to compete in many triathlons and Ironman 70.3 races.” – Ann Streza, age-group triathlete
“Seven years ago at the age of 57, I volunteered at a triathlon and right then and there I decided I needed to do one of these things. Biking and running didn’t present a huge problem. I trained with Daniel and his P.R. Tri Team and worked hard on these two disciplines and learned a lot, but open water swimming proved to be a lot harder than it looked. Daniel provided me with the proper stroke techniques, planned workouts and information on how to swim in all types of water conditions. However, it was Daniel’s incredible underwater video taking and the swim clinics that I attended that put all of this together. Biking is also a huge part of triathlon and it is also very technical. With Daniel’s coaching, I was able to improve my time over the years. Thus, I went from an 64 year-old age group racer, just happy to be with friends, to qualifying for USAT National Age Group Championships, where I finished in the top 11 in the nation in 2014! I won the 2014 AG nationals Champion title at long course Aquabike and went on to becoming a member of the 2015 USAT World Triathlon Team because of the patience, swim guidance and the positive encouragement of Daniel.”
– Cassandra McGuire,
2014 National champion in the Long course Aquabike,
2015 Olympic distance USA Age group world triathlon team
Coach Daniel is not only passionate about swimming, but about people. He invested time getting to know me, finding out what I already knew, and answering my questions even before getting in the water. This personable approach multiplied our efficiency in learning because we were able to connect at a higher level and incorporate our discussion with practical feedback in the pool. By the end of the session, I left with drills I had practiced and knew I would be able to replicate on my own until our next follow-up session. He even provided a post-workout summary of what we covered and I was able to forward the video and summary to my triathlon coach to review and schedule in to my workout plan. What more could you ask for?
Kyle Sawyer:National Level Olympic triathlete
“I’ve had Dan as a coach for many years in swimming, triathlon, and track. I’ve never had a coach as enthusiastic and fun-loving as him. He really gets his athletes into the love of the sport and drives them to their maximum potential through the technique focus and workouts that are challenging. He’s not the kind of intimidating coach that pushes you because you’re afraid of him, but he’s definitely one that you’re afraid of disappointing because you know how much faith he has in you. I couldn’t ask for a better coach to motivate me to keep loving training and keep moving forward.” – Jessica Lambert, University of Alabama, 2014 SEC Championships 4th place
“The swim clinic by Daniel Smith and Adam Kuncel was fabulous. Well worth the time and cost…The underwater filming and stroke analysis was incredibly helpful.” – Siobhan B., New Albany Aquatics Center
I just wanted to let you know that I put into practice the techniques that you and Adam taught at the swim clinic on Sunday to great effect. My time for a 600M swim 3 weeks ago was around 20 minutes.~ I swam a timed 600M last night at Masters practice and got 12.06 minutes!
~~~So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping me review my form and put the pieces together! I still have a lot of practice ahead of me, but that was an encouraging improvement. Hope to be able to come to more!
~~I don’t want you thinking i make stuff up….so,here’s a few emails i got tonight!
I really enjoyed the clinic today with you and Adam, and I walked away with a lot of drills that I know will improve my kick and stroke. I would be interested in learning more about your coaching clinics upcoming..keep me in the loop!
~~Hey Daniel thanks for a great day! I learned a ton, i definitely want to attend in March as a follow up.
I have read some on apple cider venegar but what benefits do you like from it?
~~The tri clinic was awesome and the extra time you and Adam spent is a great testimonial of your commitment to us.
I learn a ton about my swim and hope you do more or these.
Hey guys…this clinic today was so helpful. Thank you! Count me in for March.