SWIM COACHES

JIM LUEBBE

Competitive Swim Highlights

• The Ohio State University

• St Xavier (Cincinnati)

• Cincinnati Marlins

• Powel Crosley YMCA

• Lakeside Masters

• Ohio State Scholar/Athlete Award

• SHA Hall of Fame

• 10 SHA State Titles

• 2018 National HS Coach of the Year

• 2017 KHSAA HS Coach of the Year

• Lakeside Masters JoAnn Tingley Spirit Award

• Region 5 HS Coach of the Year

• 2018 Pan Am Masters Champ

Certifications

• Level 3

• Class Level 4

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• My first swim meet was at Fort Scott and I raced Mary T and my future wife in the 25 Fly. I got third.

TITO SOLANO

Instructor Level

• ASCA Level 3

Competitive Swim Highlights

• U of L Swim Team Div 1

• Ecuador National Team 18 years

• US Masters Swimming

• MVP Senior Season at U of L

• U of L records in IM, Breaststroke, Relays

• Ecuador Age Group & Open national records in Breaststroke, IM, Relays

• Masters World Champ in 2014

• 5 world records in Masters career

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke & IM

Fun Fact

• Swimming keeps me balanced in life!

JUAN LOPEZ

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Compensar Bogota Columbia (1999-2014)

• U of L (2010-2014)

• Cardinal Aquatics (2012-2013)

• Bronze Medal 200M Backstroke, 2010 South American Games

• Bronze Medal 4x100M Medley Relay 2010 South American Games

• Gold Medal 100M Butterfly Junior Central American Games Puerto Rico 2008

• National Champion in 200M Backstroke, 100M Butterfly (2008-2012)

• Part of the U of L team NCAA Top Ten Finish 2013

• Big East Champion 200 Backstroke 2013

• Runner Up 200 Butterfly AAC 2014

Certifications

• ASCA Level 2

• Infant Swim

• 15 years teaching

Favorite Stroke

• Backstroke & Butterfly

Fun Fact

• I am from Bogota, Columbia and I love playing soccer. I moved to Louisville in 2011

MIRKO CHAVEZ

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Multiple Bolivian National Swimming Teams Representative

• Part of North Short Swim Team, New Zealand 96, Coach by Australian Swimming medalist and New Zealand National Head Coach, Jan Cameron

• USA Masters Swimmer

• Bronze Medal - So American Youth Championships 200 Backstroke in Columbia 95

• Gold Medal 200 Butterfly, Winter National Swimming Championship, New Zealand 96

• 11th Place National Master Championship, 100 Backstroke, Indianapolis 2018

Favorite Stroke

• Backstroke & Butterfly

Fun Fact

• I have been in swimming since I was 6 years old. I love this sport and I'm very passionate about coaching. I want to make swimming fun for the kids so they can fall in love with this amazing sport!

MERRI SCHMITT

Competitive Swim Highlights

• University of Evansville Div 1 

• 2018 6/100 place finisher at Swim the Suck 10 mile Open Water

• 2018 Age Group winner Swim to the Moon Open Water 10K

• 2019 13/134 place finisher at Bridges to Bluff Open Water 10K Nationals

• 2019 First Female to USMS sanction swim in Ohio River: Lewis & Clark Bridge to Lincoln-Kennedy Bridges

• 2019 Muncie Ironman 70.3 Finisher

• 2019 1st Place Overall Female Cardinal Spirit Triathlon

Certifications

• 4 years teaching

Favorite Stroke

• Open Water

Fun Fact

• I'm training for the 2021 Ironman Wisconsin!

SARAH BULLOCK

Elite Level Coach

EMILY KRING

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Georgia Summer Swim League (1st-7th grade)

• Chattanoochee Gold Club - High School

• McEackern High School Swim Team - 9th Grade

Certifications

• ASCA Level 2

• Infant Swim

• 15 years teaching

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• I have taught and coached in 4 states and 5 cities with all levels of swimmers from 4 months to Adult

APRIL SALYER

Premier Level Coach

CAITLIN ECKMAN

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Caritas

• Lakeside

• Assumption

• LBC

• City Champ in Freestyle for LBC (multiple seasons)

Certifications

• ASCA Level 1

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle (but love teaching Butterfly & Breaststroke)

Fun Fact

• I love babysitting kids and animals

CASEY FANZ

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Team USA Junior Team Member (2016)

• ACC Champion

• 10x NCAA All-American

• 2x Olympic Trials Qualifier (2016, 2021)

• CSAA 4x Academic All-American

• Poseidon Swimming - 5 years

• U of L Swim Team - 4 years

• Professional Swimmer

Coaching Experience

• New Coach to Blairwood!

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle

Fun Fact

• I have 2 dogs at home, Rascal and Barrett. I have lived in 4 different states.

JEAN RUEFF

SwimAmerica Certified Caoch

LILY JONES

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Triton 15&O Swimmer of the Year

• Triton National Team

• Competed at Jr Nationals

• Qualified for Scholastic All-American

• Eastern High School Team Captain

Coaching Experience

• Summer Swim Team Coach 2018 & 2019

• Private lesson, Group lesson and Swim team coach since 2019

Certifications

• SwimAmerica certified

ELLERIE SEIFERT

Competitive Swim Highlights

• E-town Dolphins Swimming

• Louisville Male High School

• Triton Swimming

• Blairwood Swim Team

Certifications

• ASCA Level 1

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• I was named after a football player

MHYRIA MILLER

NCAA Finalist

SOPHIE CATTERMOLE

Instructor Level

• ASCA Level 2

Competitive Experience

• U of L 2015-2020

• Lemon Bay High School 2011-2015

• Sarasota Sharks 2005-2015

Competitive Swimming Awards & Achievements

• 4x NCAA All-American 2017-2020

• NCAA Finalist (500 Free)

• ACC Runner Up (500 Free)

• ACC Medalist (500 Free)

• ACC Medalist (1650 Free)

• ACC Medalist (4x800 Free Relay)

• NCAA Medalist (800 Free Relay) 

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle

Fun Fact

• Sophie was born and raised in England until she was 7

CLAY WILLIAMS

Competitive Swim Highlights

• I raced by brother in my backyard pool when I was younger

• I beat my brother about 9 out of 10 times!

Certifications

• ASCA Level 2

• Over 7 years as swim instructor

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle

Fun Fact

• I'm sort of a Georgia Bulldog fan

KAELYN BURRIS

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Lakeside Swim Team (9 years)

• Manual HS Swim Team (4 years)

• State HS Championship Team 2007

Certifications

• Premier Level Coach

• 7+ years teaching

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• I'm married with 2 sweet kiddos. We love to garden and cook. My passion is working with youth and teaching.

JACOB BAIN

Instructor Level

• ASCA Level 1

Competitive Swim Highlights

• State Qualifier, Rankings, Conference Jr and Sr Captain for Trinity HS Swim Team 2017 & 2018, State Qualifier

Coaching Experience

• Blairwood Coach since 2018

• Private lessons

Education & Professional Experience

• Trinity HS 2018

• Currently full time student at IU Southeast

• Certified Substitute Teacher

MEGAN ZERHUSEN

Instructor Level

• ASCA Level 2

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Started swimming summer league (Georgetown Stingrays) at age 5

• Swam for Lexington Y Dolphins until 11.

• Joined USA Swimming team at 11

• Swam FAST

• Western Kentucky University Swim Team (1999-2002)

• University of Pittsburgh Swim Team (1998-1999)

• Wildcat Masters Swim Team (2012-2014)

Coaching Experience

• Blairwood Coach since 2015

• Triton Swimming (2015-Present) as Lead Bronze & Pre-Comp Coach, Assistant to Silver & Gold

• Oldham County HS Coach (2019-Present, Head Coach)

• Wildcat Aquatics (3 years, National Team Assistant, Lead 8 & Under Coach)

• Georgetown Bulldogs (3 years, Lead 12 & U Coach)

• Scott County High School (4 years, Head Coach)

• WKU Undergraduate Assistant (1 year) 

• Georgetown Stingrays (12 years, 11 years as Head Coach)

 

Awards & Achievements

• KY Masters State Record Holder (30-34 50 Back, 2013)

• Multiple Masters National top 8 finishes 2012 & 2013

• KHSAA Region 3, Women's Coach of the Year 2006

• Voted "Most Dedicated Swimmer" at WKU (2001 & 2002)

• Academic Scholar - Multiple All Conference, President & Dean List (1999-2003)

• Multiple Top 8 finishes at Big East (1999), NIC (2000-20002), Sun Belt (2001-2002)

• Multiple WKU & Pitt School Records in Relays (1999-2002)

• 7-time NICSA HS All-American (1995-1998)

• Speedo Academic HS All-American (1998)

• 4-time KY State HS Champion (1993-1996)

• Senior National Qualifier (1995, 2000)

• 2-time YMCA National Champion (1995, 1997 - 100 M Freestyle)

• US Open Competition (1995, 1997)

• KY Dept of Education Female Athlete of the Year (1996)

• Multiple KYLSC & KYCSL State Champion

 Member of multiple KY All-Star Quad and Zone teams

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle

Fun Fact

• I like to bake!

KELLY RAMES

Premier Level Coach

JENNY HUBBARD

Premier Level Coach

AMANDA FORTI

Competitive Swim Highlights

• State Qualifier 4 years at duPont Manual HS

• State Championship Team 2009, 2012

• Bellarmine University Swim Team

• Scholarship Swimmer 2012-16

• Div 2 Great Lake Valley Conference 

• All-American

• MVP

• Coaches Award

• Bellarmine Letterman Award

Coaching Experience

• Blairwood Coach since 2016

• 6 years coaching: Tom Sawyer Team Head Coach 2015, Westport Middle School Head Coach 2016, duPont Manual HS Coach 2016-20

Certifications

• SwimAmerica certified

• ASCA Level 5.2

• USA Swimming Level 2 Coach

• NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

• American Red Cross CPR

Education & Professional Experience

• Bellarmine University Doctoral in Physical Therapy (2016-20)

• Bellarmine University BS Exercise Science (2012-16)

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle & Butterfly

Fun Fact

• I am licensed Physical Therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS)

BELL DISHMAN

Competitive Swim Highlights

• SHA swim team 4 years

• Fun league swim team 15 years

Certifications

• ASCA Level 1

Favorite Stroke

• Backstroke

Fun Fact

• I can read almost any book in a day

SAMANTHA STALLINGS

Competitive Swim Highlights

• SHA Swim Team

• LSA teams from age 6-18

• KHSAA Academic All State

• Coaches Award SHA Swim Team 2011

Coaching Experience

• Blairwood Coach since 2018

• Assistant Coach at Big Springs Country Club summer of 2010

• Assistant Coach for Sacred Heart Academy 2019-20 season

Certifications

• SwimAmerica certified

• ASCA Level 1

• American Red Cross CPR

Favorite Stroke

• Freestyle

Fun Fact

• I am a rare disease advocate as I have 2 rare genetic diseases

SHERI CLARRY

Competitive Swim Highlights

• Volunteered at Sarasota Sharks with my daughter 1990-1992

Certifications

• ASCA Level 1

• Water Therapy - Fitness AEA Certified

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• Taught synchronized swimming at Blairwood in the 1980's

HANNAH FUCHS

Competitive Swim Highlights

• 4x Academic All-American at Miami

• 2x 2nd Team at Mac Championships

• SHA Swim Team

• Lakeside Seahawks

• Miami University - Division 1

Coaching Experience

• 5+ months with Blairwood

• 2 years Owl Creek Country Club

Certifications

• ASCA Level 1

Favorite Stroke

• Breaststroke

Fun Fact

• I have a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Griffey

ANNA BALASSA

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