Head Masters Swimming Coach
Maria is the Head Coach of Dynamo Masters & Triathletes and also acts as the Head Swimming Coach and multisport coach for Dynamo Multisport. She has more than 30 years of coaching experience in the sport of swimming. She is well-versed in the intricacies of training for Open Water Swimming and the associated stroke mechanics unique to open water swimming. Maria’s Masters swimming program is the only program in the entire world that can boast the top female amateur swim times from the Ironman World Championships in each of the last fours years: 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2009 and 2011 two of her Masters athletes finished #1 & #5, respectively in Hawaii.

In 2012 & 2013 alone, her masters swimmers led either the age group or pro field out of the water: Ironman Texas, Ironman Brasil, Ironman Louisville, Ironman Canada, Ironman Hawaii, Vegas 70.3 World Championships, Raleigh 70.3, Vineman 70.3 and the USA Triathlon National Championships (Olympic and Sprint). Appropriately, She is widely regarded as one of the top Masters swim coaches in the world. As a multisport coach, Maria works with all levels of athletes across all distances, from sprint to Ironman finishers. Her deep experience in coaching swimmers has seamlessly carried over into multisport and the athletes with whom she works. She offers individual/group swimming technique lessons in addition to her multisport coaching services.

Prior to returning to Dynamo, she served as an Assistant Coach with Georgia Tech, helping guide athletes to several school records and NCAA Championship time standards. Before coming to Tech, Thrash held various age group swimming positions in Georgia, including the Head Senior Coach at Swim Atlanta where she coached one male and one female state record holder and tutored the male high school Swimmer of the Year. She has twice been named Georgia Coach of the Year.

Coaching Rates (2014)

  • Multisport: $200/4-weeks
  • Single-sport: $100/4-weeks
  • Lactate Testing: $100 (Coached Athlete – Repeat) $135 (Coached Athlete – New) / $185 (Others)
  • 1:1 Skill Development: Please inquire
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