Board of directors


Andrew Malinak – President

As one of the co-authors of the Rules of Marathon Swimming, Andrew believes in a unified swim community to support and observe incredible swims. For the past five years, Andrew has been actively training for and completing marathon swims. Most recently, he completed his Summer of Bert, an unprecedented series of three marathon swims in the Puget Sound, inspired in large part by Tacoma legend Bert Thomas.

Andrew currently lives in Seattle, WA and writes at He trains regularly at Alki Beach, and can be found there most Saturday mornings.


Wendy Van De Sompele – Vice President

Wendy is well-known around town as the manager of Seattle’s most popular public pools, Medgar Evers and Colman. When she isn’t at the pool, she can be found swimming in Quartermaster Harbor or with the Dilworth Mermaids where she lives on Vashon Island.


Jerome Leslie – Treasurer

Jerome is one of the first two people from Massachusetts to complete and IISA Sanctioned Ice Swim, and was a board member of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, and swims regularly at Alki Beach on Saturday mornings.


Melissa Nordquist – Clerk

Melissa is a member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco, and a board member of Citizens for a Healthy Bay in Tacoma. She currently lives in Tacoma, WA, and trains regularly along the Tacoma waterfront at Ruston Way and Point Defiance.


Scott Lautman – Chief Safety Officer

Once upon a time, Scott swam for the University of Washington. Since then, he has met just about every swimmer in the Northwest. Aside from an impressive open water resume, including completion of the Triple Crown. He is actively involved in running several local open water swim events for his USMS team and Shadow Seals, and has mentored many young marathon swimmers in the area. Scott lives in Seattle, WA, and holds the USMS National Records for the Men’s 50-54 and 60-64 SCY 200 butterfly.