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 began competitively swimming in high school at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora, IL where my main focus was breaststroke and sprint freestyle. Swimming in high school also led me to join the water polo team, where I played mainly as a goalie. Upon graduation, I went to Penn State Behrend to continue playing water polo. After a year and a half of feeling unwelcome at Behrend, I left to go to Mercyhurst to study exercise science. Fast forward another year and a half, and after financial and geographic considerations I made the decision to make my final school switch to Edinboro, where I will finish my degree in exercise science/human performance.
Through meeting new people at Edinboro, I was able to join the University swim team as a walk-on and will be on the University’s team this year. I’m excited to compete again!
Every summer starting junior year in high school, I have been an assistant coach on a local swim team in my hometown where I coached kids age 7-14 in a summer league consisting of 22 teams from my area.
This will be my 5th year of coaching, and I think the aspect I enjoy most about it is being able to help younger swimmers improve their techniques. Particularly in the skills, I struggled with the most, I take extra care to emphasize improvement in the areas where I used to struggle to ensure all my swimmers reach their full potential. Beyond just improving techniques, I enjoy coaching to see the swimmers grow as individuals as well. On the first team I coached I saw the same kids for 4 years and saw many grow tremendously. I am excited to see how everyone on the team here will grow as well! Looking forward to a new team and season!
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 began swimming through my YMCA program in Upstate New York called the Watertown Blue Sharks at age 8. I swam all throughout high school on my high school team, the YMCA team and the local USA team. Upon graduating from high school, I became a member of the Gannon University Women’s Swim Team. My main events were the 100 and 200 backstroke and freestyle.
I graduated with my Masters of Occupational Therapy from Gannon University in May 2018. I recently began attending Edinboro University to obtain my Bachelors of Nursing. Throughout high school and college I worked as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor.
Swimming has always been my passion, ever since I was young. When I swam my last collegiate race, I knew I was not ready to give up the sport entirely. I stumbled upon Blue Dolphin sign ups one night and it felt like the right fit! I enjoy working with swimmers of all levels and taking the time to make sure each individual swimmer understands the proper technique and has fun during the practice.! Just in the first few weeks I have seen swimmers grow and have been able to make connections with the team. I look forward to a fun and successful season!