At SwimLabs, we are dedicated professionals who are as passionate about competing and excelling in the sport we love as we are about passing on our knowledge to others. We are innovative and forward-thinking, using the latest in technology to push our sport forward, helping make swimmers of all levels more proficient and speeding up the learning curve.
Heather never participated in organized swimming as a youngster; in fact, she learned to swim as an adult. In 2000, she was dared to compete in a triathlon and quickly learned that there was more to swimming then just fighting your way from one end of the pool to the other.
Over the past 14 years, she has become a student of the stroke. She has spent countless hours researching the topic of swimming, coaching newbies and masters alike on the importance of technique, writing an e-book entitled, “Tip-2-Toe Technique” and conducting numerous open water clinics.
Heather can relate to the fear and uncertainty in approaching the water and works very hard to assist her swimmers in “feeling” the water so that they can become confident and more importantly efficient.
Since learning to swim, Heather has participated in 40+ triathlons of all distances and a handful of endurance swims with the longest being the Horsetooth 10K last summer in Fort Collins, CO. Heather is married with two boys and is a Colorado native and self-proclaimed mermaid.
• Masters degree in Sports Science, University of Denver
• USAT National Coach of the Year, 2010
• Head Coach of National Team Members: Matt Chrabot and Jillian Petersen, 2006-2012
• Presenter at USAT L2 & 3 Coach Certification Clinics and USAT Coach Mentor Program at the OTC in Colorado Springs
• Full time endurance sport coach and personal trainer for 25 years. Owner: The Empowered Athlete, LLC
• Head Coach/Manager for the US National Triathlon Team at select ITU World Cup and World Championship Series races
• Official coach of the Tri for the Cure women’s sprint triathlon since 2005-2013
• Published author and photographer. National Academy of Sports Medicine certified
• Winner of multiple ITU World Cup races, overall World Cup series champion and USOC Triathlete of the Year
Melissa has worked in the fitness industry as a performance coach and trainer for 25 years. She works with all levels of athletes and clients to help them achieve their fitness and performance goals. Melissa offers full triathlon training programs, plus running classes and skills analysis, cycling programs, swim lessons, performance testing (lactate and field testing) and endurance sport coaching and strength training sessions for all ability levels.
Kara Lynn attended the University of Georgia, where she swam for the Georgia Bulldogs swimming and diving team from 2004 to 2007. During her freshman year, Kara Lynn won five individual NCAA championships, including two individual titles (50-meter and 100-meter freestyle), helping Georgia to its third consecutive national runner-up finish. As a sophomore, she led Georgia to its first NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship in four years by defending her individual titles in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, as well as adding a fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle. During the 2006 NCAA Championships, Kara Lynn led the Bulldogs to a second place finish with five NCAA titles and Swimmer of the Year honors. She broke the American record in the 50-yard freestyle and defended her 100-yard freestyle title and added to that with a win in the 200-yard freestyle. During the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Kara Lynn earned a pair of silver medals as a member of the 4x100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relays. In her individual events, she finished fifth in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she earned a pair of silver medals as a member of the 4x100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relays. In her individual events, she finished sixth in both the 50-meter freestyle. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she posted a time of 25.28 seconds in Heat 8 of the 50-meter freestyle, forcing her into a swim-off with two other competitors for the sixteenth and final spot in the 50-mter semifinals.
Kara Lynn is Co-Staring in upcoming documentary “Touch The Wall” with Missy Franklin.
Adam is an avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, who has been swimming since the age of seven. Adam's hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, water polo, and teaching swimming. Adam's passion for teaching swimming started many years ago during his first summer of coaching a summer-league swim team. Since then he has developed an appreciation for the technique involved in good swimming and has been coaching with SwimLabs since 2007. He works with learn-to-swim swimmers of all ages and has an extensive background working with competitive age-group swimmers and triathletes.
Sara grew up in Los Altos California, where she started swimming competitively at age six. She started swimming in summer league, and quickly pursued year round competition. Having played other sports as well, but loving the water, she took to water polo instantly. Sara excelled at polo and not only played for the boys varsity team in high school, but received a scholarship to play at top ranked Division 1 team, San Diego State. There she received All American honors and set the goal scoring record. Pursuing her love for water after college Sara was an ocean lifeguard and coached high school swimming and water polo teams. Sara then returned to the college level where she was the Assistant Women’s Water Polo Coach at San Diego State. While enjoying her dream job, and surfing the days away with her husband…the arrival of their first child meant a rude awakening to the California cost of living. Finding refuge in Littleton, CO in 2009, they are enjoying raising their two kids in the Colorado lifestyle. While her heart is in the ocean, she enjoys what the Wild West has to offer!
Brooke is a Colorado native who grew up swimming for the Heritage Village Sea Lions, the Greenwood Tiger Sharks, and for Littleton High School. While enrolled at Littleton High School, she also played lacrosse and other sports. After High School, she attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she studied Human Communications and Psychology. Brooke has been with SwimLabs since January of 2007, side by side with owner and father, Michael Mann. She oversees all employees, schedules, and is continuously aiding in SwimLabs rapid growth. Although she does not swim competitively any longer, Brooke is very active with crossfit and she completed her first marathon in May 2012.