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The SLAP Vision

All the SLAP Coaches call Clermont, Winter Garden, or Central Florida "home." We love everything this area has to offer for health and wellness and we look forward to sharing it all with you.

Our primary goal is to unite the local multi-sport community for support, encouragement, accountability, competition, and build friendships by providing personal coaching and organized training sessions for athletes of all levels to reach their multi-sport goals.

The SLAP Story

Swim Like A Pro started in 2013 when Coach Sara retired from racing professionally and when Coach Misty finished massage therapy school. We have a passion for triathlon, swimming, and all endurance sports. The Clermont/South Lake/West Orange community continues to grow with new people moving to the area every day. SLAP is our way to unite all the local people involved in multi-sport to foster competition, friendship, and fun.

We have multiple coaching accreditations, certifications, and years of education and experience in triathlon, swimming, and every other multi-sport event possible! We enjoy sharing our knowledge with beginners and experienced athletes alike to help everyone reach their goals in sport.

The #SLAPPERS have done the rest of the work...growing, training, racing, having fun, making friends, and accomplishing their goals. You can find #SLAPPERS representing the team all over Florida, the country, and even at international races!

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The SLAP Coaches

Meet the hard-working people that are excited to work with you on the path to achieving your goals. We specialize in coaching for all levels of triathlon, swimming, open water swimming, cycling, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, swimrun, adventure racing, and much more!

  • USA Triathlon Coach: Level 2 & Youth/Junior
  • USA Triathlon Elite Team Leader/Head Coach - Pan American Games, World Championships, World Triathlon Series, World Cups (2015-present)
  • US Masters Swimming: Level 2
  • American Red Cross: Lifeguard/First-Aid/CPR/AED
  • Professional Triathlete - 2005-present, 2 x Pan Am Games, multiple World Championship teams, Lifetime Fitness/Toyota Cup Champion 2010
  • Professional Swimmer - 2004-2007, 4th at Olympic Trials, Silver Medal at World Championships, Bronze Medal at World Championships
  • Competed in the Elite/Professional World Championships event in 7 sports - Pool swimming (400m freestyle), open water swimming (5k), aquathlon (World Champion), lifesaving (World Champion & World Record Holder), triathlon (6 times), adventure racing, & swimrun (highest finishing American team to date).

Creativity and fun are two words that best describe Sara’s coaching methods at group training or during private technique sessions. Her personal career spanned 25 years of training and racing while representing the USA and winning medals at multiple World Championship events. She has competed in swimming, open water swimming, triathlon, aquathon, swim/run, lifesaving and adventure racing. Sara travels as the Team Leader with the USA Triathlon Elite National team to the ITU World Triathlon Series Events. You can also find her swim technique articles and Quick Sets and more in Triathlete Magazine.

Learn more about Coach Sara McLarty here...

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Liesl Begnaud

Assistant Coach

  • USA Triathlon Coach: Level 1 & Paratriathlon
  • US Masters Swimming: Level 2

Liesl's coaching philosophy is based on creating a caring partnership while working together to meet the athlete's goals. She helps her athletes to develop skills and confidence by encouraging them to train hard, play hard, have fun, and stay healthy while enjoying a balanced life.

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Kris Koepp

Youth & Junior Coach

  • Former USA Triathlon Coach: Level 1 & Youth & Junior
  • Former US Masters Swimming & USA Swimming Coach

We are excited to welcome Kris & the Koepp Family to Central Florida from the cold winter of Minnesota! Kris ran a very successful youth triathlon program in Rochester and produced National Champion athletes! All of our athletes will benefit from the knowledge and expertise that Kris brings to the team.

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Michelle Kneer

Youth & Junior Coach

  • USA Triathlon - Youth & Junior Coach

Coach Michelle is a fantastic and patient teacher with the #miniSLAPPERS. She has been a huge asset to the team since starting in 2019. Expect to see her at many of your camps, training sessions, and races! Coach Michelle will continue to expand the team with training sessions in St. Cloud and the Melbourne areas.