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The Spring Cypress Stingrays Swim Team is a summer league team in the Northwest Aquatic League (NWAL). All coaches are NWAL-certified.

Head Coach Coach Nina Wallace [email protected]
Assistant Coach Coach Sharon Thomas [email protected]
Assistant Coach Coach Evelyn Selz [email protected]
Assistant Coach Coach Mackenzie Wilkes
Assistant Coach Coach Sophie Flowers
Assistant Coach Coach Carson Kaufmann


Head Coach: Nina Wallace

Coach Nina will be returning to an exciting season with the Spring Cypress Stingrays! She has been teaching and coaching swimming and water polo at Cypress Creek High School for 11 years and teaches Engineering as part of the Project Lead the Way program. 

She has been swimming since the age of 8 when she started out swimming summer league and won most improved swimmer that 1st summer; that's when she realized swimming was a part of her. Nina started swimming ATEX club team and swam throughout high school at Klein Oak. Nina has been coaching since she was 17 and went to A&M where she continued coaching and swimming. Nina has been the head coach at Mayde Creek High School where she was voted Regional coach of the year and head coach for summer league at Heatherwood, Barkers Ridge and Norchester. She also coached for Mayde Creek Aquatic Club, specializing in preparing junior high students for the rigor of high school tryouts and practices. 

Coach Nina is very competitive, enjoys working out, sewing and painting. She has 3 children- Reid 19, Charlie 13 and McKenzie 8. She can not wait to push the swimmers to a successful season while having fun along the way! 


Assistant Coach: Sharon Thomas

Sharon has been a member of the Stingray family for over 14 years. She was a Stingray swimmer parent for 13 years, served on the Stingrays Board and has been assisting our Coaching staff the past several summers. Sharon has always had a love for the water-- swimming summer league back in Chicago; lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons throughout high school and college, and enjoys scuba diving and snorkeling on vacations. For the past 15 years, she has been a local swim instructor --10 years at Cy-Fair Swim Club’s Fleet First program and private lessons throughout the community over the past 5 years. She loves teaching and helping swimmers learn water safety.

Sharon and her husband Chris and daughter Kate (a past Stingray who attends the University of California Santa Barbara) have lived in Longwood for over 17 years. Sharon holds her Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and has a 20 + year career in Advertising. In her free time, you can find her working out, walking her two dogs, traveling and this past year she started a college consulting business. Sharon looks forward to helping our Stingrays build their confidence and endurance, while developing and refining their strokes.


Assistant Coach: Evelyn Selz

Evelyn Selz began swimming competitively at the age of five, when she joined the Spring Cypress Stingrays. Since then, she has been a member of the team for eleven seasons, swimming her last meet for the Stingrays at Ponderosa last July. She also swam for Cy-Fair High School, earning All-American status, and Fleet, where she taught swim lessons last summer. Her best events are butterfly and the individual medley. Currently, she attends Texas A&M University in College Station in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Psychology minor. Evelyn is thrilled to be able to coach this year and therefore give back to the team that first sparked her love for the sport. Go Stingrays!

Assistant Coach: Mackenzie Wilkes

Mackenzie swam for summer league from the time she was 5 for Winchester. She now swims and plays water polo as a Jersey Village Falcon. She has helped coach for Winchester and is now excited to be a coach for our Stingrays. 

Assistant Coach: Sophie Flowers

Sophie swam summer league with Norchester from the age of 3-18. She also swam and played water polo for CyCreek High School. She is super excited to be able to teach younger swimmers to do something that she has loved her entire life! She is excited to be a part of the Stingray Family. 

Assistant Coach: Carson Kaufmann

Carson has swam competitively since the age of 4 with Lakewood Lightning and then the Stingrays. Soon into her swimming career she joined Fleet and swam there fore 13 years. In her high school years at Cy-Fair High School, she competed for the Varsity swim team for all 4 years., while serving as team captain her senior year. Meanwhile, she taught private swim lessons in the summer time while helping out with coaching at Fleet. She went on to continue her athletic and academic career at Florida State University where she is majoring in Pre-Med Clinical Professions and also competed with the FSU Swim and Dive Team. She will be a sophomore next fall, and is so excited to be spending her summer with the Stingrays!

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