Every kid has swimming abilities – there’s a little Michael Phelps or Simone Manuel in each of them. Help yours find their swimming potential through the County Y’s Blue Dolphins Swim Team! Swimmers of all ages and abilities participate in our Swim Teams. Led by caring coaches, we emphasize personal improvement through stroke technique and training, a strong work ethic and team work through competitive swimming. Swimmers compete locally with the opportunity to advance to the district, state and national level.
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Swim Team Coach Bios
I joined the County Blue Dolphins Swim Team for the 2017-2018 season. We had an amazing year and had many swimmers advance to the District and State meet.
I began swimming competitively at the young age of 7 for the Bayview Tigers in Webster, NY and continued through on the USA Bluefins swim team until I competitively swam throughout Junior High and High School.
I was a young Varsity swimmer that excelled in Backstroke, Fly, and Freestyle. I attended Mercyhurst University recruited for lacrosse but later joined the Crew Team full time. I graduated in 2003 with a dual major in Psychology and Art Therapy. I met my husband in college and we were married in 2004 later having two children.
I Coached for the local Erie Diocese swim teams for 5 years; Asst Coach at Our Lady of Peace for two years and the Head Coach with Saint Lukes for 3 years. Coaching allows me to provide an interactive approach to incorporate the swimmer’s perspective.I use this to instruct and teach them to excel in the water through technique, personal determination, individual training, and team-work. I enjoy seeing each swimmer excel and expand themselves throughout the season both mentally and physically to SMASH their year-end GOALS!
Swimming is a mental game, but once it’s in your child’s heart it becomes a passion. I look forward to working hard alongside the Coaches this year to have an amazing united season together with the swimmers and their families.
I have worked as the assistant coach for the County Blue Dolphins Swim Team since January of 2018. I am currently attending Edinboro University for Graphic Design and plan to graduate in spring of 2020.
I have been in the YMCA programs since I was 3 years old in both daycare and swim lessons in Erie Pennsylvania and eventually joining the Eastside Swim Team at the age of 8 and swam competitively on several different teams; Eastside, Erie, St. Johns Holy Rosary, and Central Tech’s high school team, until I graduated from Central’s engineering program in 2016. I swam mainly backstroke and freestyle during my time swimming competitively and at the end of high school, my junior and senior year, I began to swim the 500 freestyle. During high school I became a lifeguard and soon after got my swim instructor certification. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed teaching people how to swim and improve their technique.
I enjoy coaching because it allows me to give to the swimmers the same amazing experiences I had in my youth swimming. Swimming taught me to be a strong determined person and I hope that the swimmers under my instruction can learn that too. I am still constantly trying to improve my own strokes as well so I can coach the swimmers as best I can. I hope that every swimmer will excel and be proud of themselves and their accomplishments this season and I hope to help them achieve this in any way possible.
I started my swim career when the YMCA Coach in North East PA saw me during swim lessons when I was 10. He asked me if I would like to swim on the team and that began my competitive swim career.
The new friends I made and the confidence I gained were two important gifts I received from the Y Team. I even swam for the Y team during my HS career, where I was a 4 year Letterman. I was also a member of the IUP swim team for one semester before I joined the USAF.
When my daughter joined the Dolphins two years ago, I wanted to help give these swimmers the same experiences I had. I have been a parent volunteer coach for the last 2 years and now I want to contribute even more. I look forward to watching the current and future Dolphins flourish in the program.
I started swimming at the age of 5. I swam competitively through the YMCA for the North East team, later known as the Eastside Y. Along with the Y team, I swam and played water polo for Cathedral Prep where I was a four year All-American in swimming. With the Y team, I was a state champion in the 100 yard butterfly. During my last year, we also won the 400 free relay. Swimming has been a passion of mine and I am very excited to be involved with the YMCA program. I look forward to being able to give my knowledge and experience to help develop these swimmers to the best of their abilities.