Coach Tom Arusoo has a wealth of experience to dedicate to the
Liquid Lightning club. As a swimmer he was a seven year member of
the Canadian National Swim Team. Notable results include placing
second to Mark Spitz in the 200 m. butterfly at the 1967 Pan
American Games, being a finalist at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games
and winning the 1970 CommonwealthGames again in the 200 m.
butterfly over Olympic silver medalist Martin Woodruffe.
Coach Arusoo attended the Universityof Michigan on a swimming
scholarship where he graduate with a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering.
He was a three year All - American and NCAA medalist. He began
coaching in Canada immediately after college. Many of his swimmers
have risen to the international level including several Olympic
team members. Consequently coach Arusoo has been appointed to the
Canadian National Swim Team coaching staff many times. He returned
to Michigan in 1989 and was the head coach of the Penguins of Royal
Oak club for three seasons. Of note here was 12 year old Randy Lam,
2nd in the U.S. in the 200 m. I.M.
Coach Arusoo is proud of the many accomplishments of the Liquid
Lightning swimmers over the past several seasons including
Academic High School All - Americans as well as Junior National
qualifiers. While we all train for great results, the love of
sport and the comraderie inherent with the team are lifetime
values that Tom cherishes.
Head Age Group Coach
Colin Dolcetti is in his 5th season as the Head Age
Group Coach of Liquid Lightning. Previously Colin was the
Head Coach for the Fenton Area Swim Team (FAST) 2005-2007 seasons.
During that time he was instrumental in building and developing the
team, and his success was evident by their exponential growth and
performance at meets.
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Colin swam
under several Olympic level coaches. He swam Nationally for
SSMAC, a small but widely known club in Ontario. During his
career he was ranked top in Canada as an age group swimmer in the
200 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM.
Colin attended Oakland University on a swimming scholarship and
graduated with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Engineering. When he’s not at the pool, Colin works in
Fenton as a Lead Computer Software Engineer, where he has worked
for the past 10 years.
As a coach, Colin believes that dedication, determination,
accountability, and pride are the key factors to overall success
with anything you do. Colin’s philosophy is
simple: You get what you put in. The 2010-2011 Swim
season was an outstanding year for Liquid Lightning, with the team
achieving countless goals, and he is convinced that 2011-2012 will
be even better!
Blaine Dolcetti has been a member of the Liquid
Lightning staff since the 2008 season. He graduated from Oakland
University with two bachelor degrees, one in computer engineering
and the other in electrical
While at Oakland University Blaine has won numerous
conference titles and has experience both in national and
international competition. Blaine has also been an assistant coach
since 2005 working with the mid-distance group for Oakland
University Golden Grizzlies focusing on butterfly, breastroke and
individual medley. While at Oakland he has had
the opportunity to work with some elite swimmers both in the US and
around the world.
Ricky attended Michigan State University, majoring in
Kinesiology. Currently he is student teaching over in the
Oxford school district teaching physical education and
Ricky began swimming competitively at the age of seven. He
is a former Liquid Lightning/OLY swimmer and also swam for Lake
Orion High School where he was state champion in the 500 yard
freestyle. This past year he finished his last season of
competitive swimming at the Big Ten championships in February of
He was a student-athlete for the Spartans from 2007-2011
where he earned academic all big ten for four years in recognition
of outstanding accomplishments while competing in intercollegiate
athletics. Ricky also ranks in the overall top 10 of Michigan
State’s swim team history for the 1000 yard Freestyle, 1650
yard Freestyle and the 200yard Butterfly.
The sport of swimming has made a large impact on
Ricky’s life of what he has accomplished in the pool and
classroom. It has refined his values of hard work,
dedication, and teamwork. These skills are important to have
for anyone to be successful no matter what the age. The sport
of swimming has been apart of Ricky’s life and done so much
for him, he would like to give back to the sport by coaching in his