Aquatics have been a fixture in my life for almost my entire existence. I excelled as an “8 and under” on my local summer swim team and couldn’t get enough. As a result, I joined the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins and began my adventure as a year round swimmer. The next step was joining my high school swim team where I set multiple school records, become the team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer.
With that experience under my belt, I earned a spot on the John Carroll University swim team, where I earned high point awards, All-Conference recognition, swimmer of the week, a school record and, my most coveted honor, team captain.
Once I graduated from college, I knew that couldn’t be the end of my swimming career. This was a lifelong sport, after-all! That is where I got my first taste of USA Masters Swimming while in Graduate School. As a member of the Kentucky Wildcats Masters Team, I earned 3-National Championships and multiple meet records.
Throughout every team and experience, I made friendships that will last of lifetime and I feel as though this is the most amazing aspect of the sport of swimming. I want others to get to experience this type of connection and passion in their lives. I credit much of my success in school to swimming since it taught me discipline and time management skills.
My most recent endeavor has been the sport of triathlon. Having a swimming background has put me at a major advantage over most triathletes who are scared to death of the water. With 3 IRONMAN finishes and 4 X 70.3 finishes, I have a passion for open water swimming and teaching athletes how to fine tune their techniques in open water environments.
Due to the fact that I fell in love with swimming, I naturally decided that lifeguarding would be a solid fit. I become a lifeguard and lessons instructor and eventually added coaching to my resume. I started coaching summer league and then gradually added high school, USS and Masters Teams to my coaching collection. In addition, I was an Aquatics Graduate Assistant at the University of Kentucky which led to further certifications in the realm of Aquatics. I was a certified LGI (Lifeguard Instructor), Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and also taught and certified students in CPR/First Aid and AED.