The Belle Vernon Swim Club (BVSC) is a competitive swim team that has been swimming at the Belle Vernon High School for over 35 years. BVSC offers programs for children living in Belle Vernon and the surrounding areas to promote the sport of swimming.
Coach John has been swimming since he was 5 years old. During his 18 years as a swimmer, he swam at YMCA, High School, and College levels. Coach John has been coaching swimmers for 22 years. He was a student assistant coach at Bloomsburg University Division II from 1992-1995.
Coach John was Assistant Coach at Fairmont State College, WV from 1995-2001. During this time he also started the Fairmont Area Swim Team and age group program in association with the college. This program is still in existence and has maintained 75-100 swimmers for the past 5 years.
For the next 14 years, he was co-head coach of the Laurel Highlands YMCA Swim Team. He has coached conference champion swimmers, state champion swimmers, and national champion swimmers at all age levels. He has also coached countless All-American swimmers at all levels.
Coach Olena Primus joined the Belle Vernon Swim Club in the autumn of 2023. Swimming and water polo have always been at the center of her life. A native of Ukraine, Coach Olena began swimming at a young age but transitioned to water polo during high school. She excelled in both sports, representing her city's club team and the junior national team at various levels of competition. In the autumn of 2008, Coach Olena proudly represented the junior national team of Ukraine at the LEN European Championship in Chania, Greece.
In 2009, she made the move to the United States, where she enrolled at American River College in Sacramento, California. Here, she continued to compete in both water polo and swimming, using the latter to stay in prime condition for her water polo pursuits in the fall. Coach Olena's journey led her to conclude her athletic and academic endeavors as a standout player in NCAA Division II water polo at Notre Dame College of Ohio. During this time, she earned her degree in public relations and achieved All-American Academic honors.
Even while balancing the demands of college sports, Coach Olena consistently held part-time positions as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Her passion for teaching and coaching shone through when she worked at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she served as a Special Education Teacher and also contributed as an assistant swim coach.
Presently, Coach Olena resides in Belle Vernon with her family and dedicates herself to teaching at the Albert Gallatin Area School District.
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