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The 2012-13 season will be the seventh year for former Eagle standout Mark Liscinsky as the head assistant and sprint coach on the American University swimming and diving staff. Liscinsky’s coaching philosophy has proven extremely successful over the past few seasons, as several sprinters continue to rise in the top-time rankings of program history.
Among those standout sprinters include senior freestyler Leah Breen. Coaching Breen since her freshman year, Liscinsky has helped her 50 freestyle rise from a 14th place finish at the Patriot League Championships to a top-eight finish in each of the past two years. Her 50 free broke a 17 year-old Reeves Aquatic Center pool record and ranks second fastest all-time in program history. Liscinsky also guided her to success in the 100 freestyle by helping her drop more than two seconds since her freshman year to rank third all-time in program history while finishing fourth at the 2011 conference championships. Furthermore, her anchoring leg of the 2011 Patriot League Championships runner-up 200 medley relay was the fastest women’s 50 freestyle swim of the entire meet. Breen earned All-Patriot League honors in 2012.
Another standout swimmer who thrived under Liscinsky’s leadership was Dory Isaacs, the current school record holder in the 50 free and 100 free. Working with her throughout her career, Liscinsky guided Isaacs to two top-three conference finishes in both the 50 free and 100 free.
Liscinsky has also coached exceptional male sprinters, including the current school record holder in the 50 freestyle, Matt Pelletier. Winning the consolation final of the 50 freestyle at the 2009 conference championships, Pelletier swam the fourth-fastest race of the evening to finish with a 20.49. Former AU sprinter Sean McNamara peaked at George Mason’s 2010 Patriot Invitational, where he placed first in the 100 free, while finishing second in both the 50 free and 200 free. His swims earned him seventh, ninth and seventh place, respectively, on the AU all-time top 10 list.
Additionally, Liscinsky’s work with the IM’ers showed dividends as Isaacs reset the school record in the 200 IM, and teammate Kaitlin Moughty established a new program record in the 400 IM in 2007.
As a student-athlete at American, Liscinsky was both athletically and academically talented. He set AU and conference records in the 100 free, 100 back, 200 free, 200 back, and 200 IM during his days at American. In his senior year in 2003, he qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 back, and 200 IM, while earning CSCAA Academic All-America honors.
As a freshman in 1999-2000, Liscinsky was named Rookie of the Meet, and in both his junior and senior seasons, was awarded the Most Outstanding Swimmer in the conference. He completed his career having set six AU program records including the 100 freestyle (44.61), 200 freestyle (1:36.75), 100 backstroke (49.87), 200 backstroke (1:45.85), 100 IM (short course meters) (57.72) and 200 IM (1:47.20). Additionally, Liscinsky is ranked in the all-time top-ten list in the 50 free, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 IM and 500 free.
Liscinsky was also a multiple finalist at the U.S. Senior Nationals, a United States Masters Swimming world record holder, a member of the 2003 U.S. World University Games team that competed in Korea, and was a 2000, 2004, and 2008 US Olympic Trials qualifier. In addition to coaching at AU, Liscinsky is in his sixth year as the head coach at the Washington Golf and Country Club. He has also coached with both the Curl Burke Swim Club and the Arlington Aquatic Club.