1201 Jackson Rd Silver Spring MD 20902. 240.777.8060
Site Administrator - Carey Apple
Administrative Coach - Brian Cheng
Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center
RMSC is a year-round, United States of America Swimming (USAS) affiliated, age group and senior swim team. The team competes through Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS), which is our local swim committee (LSC) for USAS. RMSC offers a rewarding training and competitive experience to swimmers of all ability and interest levels through a schedule of flexible practice times.
Swimmers new to the program must attend a skill assessment and group placement evaluation at the pool of their choice the first week of practice. Coaches will assign practice groups depending on skill level. Newcomers may not begin to practice with their designated group until all registration forms have been completed and all fees have been paid in full. Entry into advanced level groups is available by coaches' invitation only. Those who participated in the program last year may register only for the group with which they practiced last year. No swimmer may change group assignment unless instructed by coach.
RMSC - MLK Team Information
Registration - The majority of registration information can be found on our flier. If you are transferring clubs please click here to visit the PVS website and complete the online athlete transfer form.
Meet Entry Procedures -
Meet announcements are posted on the RMSC bulletin board with entry due dates.
Coaches will notify the athletes of which meets your group will be attending. They will then let you know if the coach will sign the swimmers up or if the swimmers should sign themselves up. If the swimmers are asked to sign up on their own, they should go to the bulletin board to review the entry procedures and deadline. To enter a meet, fill out a meet sign up sheet, which is located at the end of the front counter closest to the lobby. Meet entry forms must include: swimmer’s name, event number and name. Once the entry form is complete, place it in the entry box located next to the meet sign up sheets.
Meet the RMSC-MLK Lead Coaches
National Training Group
Maneth P. Gravell started swimming at the age of six and swam competitively up until the age of twenty. Over that time, Maneth swam for the Darnestown Demons in the MCSL, Wootton High School, and for RMSC year round. During his swimming career, Maneth swam for many of the same individuals that are still involved with RMSC today.
After graduating from Villanova, Maneth started coaching for RMSC in the fall of 1992. Over the past twenty-two years, Maneth has coached at KSAC, Olney, and MLK. During this time, Maneth has worked with the Advanced Juniors, NDGs, and NTG groups. While coaching these groups, Maneth has worked with swimmers of all abilities ranging from nationally ranked age group swimmers through Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Currently, Maneth is the head NTG coach at MLK, and he enjoys coaching more than ever.
Maneth has also coached in MCSL and CCSDA. He has coached at Darnestown, Olney Mill, Lakewood Country Club, and for the past eleven years at Argyle Country Club. He is also one of the co-directors for the Montgomery Stroke and Turn Clinic and SwiMontgomery programs. These have been highly successful swimming/lesson programs which can be found at every RMSC site.
Most importantly, Maneth is married to his wife Megan and is the proud father of his five children: Kaitlin, Emily, Sean, Kylie, and Jack. He can also be found at Cloverly Elementary as a fourth grade teacher when he is not at the pool. Additionally, Maneth considers himself lucky to have been able to work with so many great coaches, families, and swimmers while he has coached for RMSC.
National Development Group
This coming season (2013-2014) will be Chris's 20th at RMSC, all at MLK. He has been the head coach of the NDG group for 12 years and has helped coach all of the groups at MLK with the exception of juniors.
He helped coach the DeMatha swim team (1996-2008) in Hyattsville, MD.
He swam at Eleanor Roosevelt high school (Greenbelt, MD), at University Hills summer pool (Princemont League), and at the University of Maryland, College Park (1989-1993) where he played water polo (1993-1996), and competed with the Maryland Masters swim team from 1994-present.
This is Brian's 13th year as a coach with RMSC-MLK. He has been the head coach of the Advanced Juniors for the last 12 years and also the National Development Group. Brian has coached numerous swimmers to #1 rankings in PVS and to Top 10 national age group rankings. He has also coached several swimmers to first place finishes at Zones and swimmers who have broken RMSC and PVS records. Additionally, Brian has coached swimmers who have been ranked first in the country for their age. Brian also swam for RMSC for over 10 years at the RMSC-Rockville site. In addition to coaching RMSC-MLK, Brian also teaches Physical Education at Twinbrook Elementary.
Junior 2 + Minis
Danny Benedetti is in his 10th year of coaching RMSC at the MLK pool where is has been head coach of the Junior 2 group for 5 years and the head coach of MINI’s for the past 2 years. Danny began his swimming career as an age group swimmer at the Aspen Hill Swim Club from 1990-2003. In high school he swam for Good Counsel. Danny attended the University of Maryland where he graduated in 2008 with a Physical Education degree. He currently is in his 6th year as a PE teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. Danny was an assistant swim coach at Stonegate Swim Club from 2004-2008 and has been the head coach of Connecticut Bel Air Swim Team for the past 7 years.