Our Staff

 

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.

 

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Although growing up on an island off the coast of South Carolina provided plenty of water time, Lori began swimming seriously eight years ago as an adult in a Masters swimming program in Highlands Ranch. Since then Lori has competed in several triathlons, duathlons, 5k’s and a half marathon. Involved with her two daughters in summer league swimming, club swimming and triathlons for over ten years, Lori understands the progression and dedication of both youth and adult swimmers. Lori enjoys all realms of fitness and still actively swims in a Masters program.
Melissa began swimming for the Cherry Creek Vista Vikings when she was five. After taking a break from the pool,she decided to try out high school swimming. She hasn't been able to leave the pool ever since! She swam all four years at Cherry Creek High School and returned to swim summer league for the CCV Vikings. She understands what it is like to enter competitive swimming a little later than others, and knows how much hard work in the pool pays off! She coached two years for CCV, and teaches swim lessons for Nations Capital Swim Club during the school year. She currently attends American University in Washington, DC.
Laura has been involved with competitive swimming for 30 years, first as an age group swimmer on both coasts, then as a Division 1 swimmer at Harvard. She also played club water polo at Harvard for two seasons. Throughout high school and college Laura taught swimmers of all ages and ability levels through various summer and school-year programs. Laura took up Masters swimming after graduation and posted many National top ten times; she coached Masters swimming in San Mateo, California as well as the Woodside Priory (CA) girls’ high school swim team. Over a decade ago Laura took up sprint triathlons to change up her training, and her best performance was 22nd overall in the 2011 Tri for the Cure. Laura has also run races ranging from 5k’s to the Chicago Marathon and now she and her husband, Rob, just run after their three kids, aged 12, 11 and 8. All three kids compete for Willow Creek Wahoos in the summer league and the two oldest play water polo for the Colorado Water Polo Pirates. She’s psyched to be involved with water sports as much as possible and can’t wait to meet you and your families!
Christian Linton swam for the SRA Dolphins for 12 years. She was also a member of ACES year round swim team where she has swam for 9 years. She recently graduated from Legend High School where she was a 4-time letterman for the high school swim team and qualified for state with her Relay Team. She was also captain during her Junior Year.
Christian is attending college at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. She plans on majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Jewelry and business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and swimming for their Girls Division II Swim Team.
For Gisella swimming has been a way of life for as long as she can remember. Growing up in south Florida, her family believed it was an important life skill to have.  In a few years time she was enrolled onto a local swim team in Plantation, Fl and the rest is history. In 2006, she signed with the Colorado State University swim team and was there all 4 years. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus in graphic design, she decided to take a risk and further her swimming career. She had the opportunity to travel and compete for the Colombia National swim team in 2010. She recently moved back from living in Milan, Italy where she lived for a year and is beyond excited to pass on her knowledge and experience to swimmers of all levels!

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.

Caroline has been a swimmer most of her life. She started swimming when she was 6 for her neighborhood swim team the Homestead Hurricanes and  swam with them until she was 16. When she was 10 she started year round swimming for the Colorado Athletic Club Stingrays until she was 18. She also swam for Cherry Creek for all four years of high school and then went on to the University of Arizona where she earned her degree in Family Studies and Human Development. She has been working with SwimLabs during the summers since March of 2011. In the Spring of 2015 she will start working towards her Master in Social Work. She is very excited to be back with SwimLabs to teach kids to have fun and be safe in the water!
Michael Mann is the co-founder of SwimLabs. He is a Colorado native who started swimming at the age of six, then went on to play Water Polo and swim at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his business degree at the Robert Anderson School of Business. Mike went on to work as a sales representative for Mitsubishi of Japan and partnering in a 200 location electronics store start up called Video Concepts. His business resume also includes a 14 year stint owning and operating three full service restaurants, six years managing a BMC Millwork operation with billings in excess of $40 million, and prior to opening SwimLabs worked as a franchise broker. His love of water sports destined him to opening the first SwimLabs in 2007. Mike continues to participate in Masters Swimming and Water Polo, and has earned All American status in both sports. Mike currently owns 11 world records in Master swimming and was twice awarded World Master Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Mike still coaches masters swimming, and insists his success is attributable to his lovely wife of 30+ years Ann and his three beautiful daughters.

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!

Kayla has loved being in the water since she accidentally fell into a pool at two years old. After that, her parents put her into swim lessons and the rest is history. Kayla swam on the Holly Park Sharks summer league team and at Cherry Creek High School on the Junior Varsity team. Since graduating from Cherry Creek in 2008, and from Colorado State University in 2012, with a B.A. in Journalism, she has coached for the Holly Park Sharks for four years and has worked for SwimLabs since 2010. Her favorite stroke to swim and teach is breaststroke! She also works part-time for Fox 31 News as a production assistant. Kayla loves teaching swim lessons and seeing huge improvements in each of her client’s swimming!
Scott was in the water quite young…in fact, before he can even remember…(there’s photographic evidence of this!). Competitive swimming became a passion for him throughout his early years while swimming on the Gators Swim Team in Gilroy, CA, where he grew up. His swim coaching and instruction experience developed further when he began taking on students - children, and adults - for a swim school he developed out of his back yard. This teaching and training continued throughout high school. During his college years, Scott attended and swam for Whitworth University, gaining a solid understanding of efficient stroke technique and diagnostics. After graduating with a BA in biology, he sought to continue doing what he loved: swimming and training other swimmers. Soon thereafter, Scott was racing open water and triathlon; as well as training open water swimmers and triathletes ranging from the novice to professional athlete. After recently being married, Scott and his wife (both competitive triathletes) are enjoying living in awesome Colorado!
Meg began swimming for The Knolls Tsunami when she was six. She started swimming competitively year-round with Aquawolves when she was ten and then swam for Aces and CAC Stingrays. Meg attended Arapahoe High School and qualified for the state team all four years. She just graduated from Denison University where she swam her freshman year. She coached for The Knolls and has been teaching lessons for over six years. Meg is now the head coach of the Heritage Village Sea Lions. Meg enjoys passing her love for swimming on to others!

At a very young age Jordan was known as the little fish. Ever since she can remember she has loved to be in the pool. She started competitive swimming for MACS at seven and hasn’t looked back. She also swam on her high school team at Smoky Hill. During high school she started instructing and fell in love with this whole other side to swimming. She loves being an instructor and investing in her students swimming careers and watching them progress.

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