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Our Story

Founded in 2009, Swim Affect was born over 2+ decades coaching amazing young individuals. Watching aspiring athletes absorb and apply cutting edge knowledge and grow into World Class competitors, emphasized my belief that trust is at the heart of success. Let us help you lift the limits of your swimming experience and get you to your goals. From analyzing stroke technique to coaching you physically and mentally, our experts are here to connect you with the swimming world.

Our Approach

We work with the athlete, the coach and the support teams: Teams, clubs, and parents.  Our goal is simple; to help you achieve yours.

Our methods are proven in the quality and success of our athletes in college to the Olympic Games. Let us help you prepare to enjoy an adventure like none other.

We're outfitted to help you make a splash.


  • NCAA, World and European Champions,Olympic Finalists, World Champion Medalists, National Champions
  • Pool and Open Water


  • Dartfish Analysis Software.
  • On-Site and Remote capabilities


  • Dolphin
  • Arena

Meet the Team

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Sonya Porter

Founder & CEO

Sonya moved to the USA from Australia in 1992 and coached at NCAA Division 1 institutions until 2014. During this tenure she coached Olympic Finalists, NCAA Champions, World and European Champions, medalists and finalists, and placed athletes on national teams for Austria, Argentina, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

Throughout her NCAA career she has coached at the University of Alabama, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Northwestern, West-Virginia and Louisville. She is one of few women to be a Head Coach of both Men and Women at the division 1 level. Additionally she has experience in coaching age-group, masters and triathlon. Sonya studied exercise physiology and human performance at the University of Canberra in Australia, and biology at the University of Alabama. During her masters studies at Colorado State University she was awarded a fellowship for Outstanding Research.

Sonya's niche of expertise is the analysis and breakdown of an athlete’s technique and training regimen. This gives her the platform to advise and develop skill enhancement specific to that individual, creating training plans that will help the athlete achieve their next level of success. Her ability to communicate with and administer training options with athletes and coaches is why she has had continued success at every level.

Sonya currently lives in Singapore and holds the position of Technical Director for the Singapore Swimming Association.

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Ioan Stefan Gherghel

Coach, Mentor and Advisor

Olympic Athlete and extraordinary coach. You won't find a soul more passionate about swimming

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Tracey Tassone

Administrative Director and Club Liaison


The Experts

Sport Science Advisors - Our trusted mind bank!

We believe in providing resources from experts that have been with us along the journey.  Information is readily available on sites across the Web, its not easy to filter through and figure what is relevant and useful.  Let us help you understand whats credible and share the systems and processes that have helped our athletes achieve their goals.


In the spirit of community, please join us to share your experiences and knowledge.   We welcome you to use our platform to reach others you can assist and mentor toward greater heights.  Message us today!