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Karen Anne Athen

Head Coach Colorado Springs

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  •          I love swimming.
  •           I started swimming competitively when I was eight years old.
  •           I swam mostly summer league with a few year-round AAU years thrown in.
  •          I am a backstroker.
  •          I started coaching when I was seventeen years old.
  •          I coached novice and age group swimmers
  •           I absolutely love helping young swimmers improve.
  •         I swam varsity all four years of high school.
  •          I qualified and swam in regional meets all four years of high school.
  •          I was All-American in 50 back in the 80s.
  •         I coached for Vista Ridge High School’s girl’s and boy’s swim teams until the district cancelled the team due to budget cuts.     We produced several state qualifiers, included multiple students who had never competed in swimming prior to joining the school team.
  •          Last year I fulfilled a lifelong goal of competing in a triathlon.

Jessica L Kahnke

Assistant Coach Westminster

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Victoria T Barancoski

Head Coach Parker

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Victoria has been in competitive swimming since the age of 8. She swam in South Carolina for the Sumter Sonics, and then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and swam for the Marlins of Raleigh for 6 years. Victoria then continued to swim after high school for the 3rd ranked school in Women's DII swimming, Wingate University, for her entire undergraduate career; also representing Wingate as a Co-Captain her Senior year.

While swimming in college, Victoria was also an assistant coach for the Wingate Aqua Dogs (2012-2015) where she coached Age Group swimmers, focusing good technique>

Post graduating, she coached with New South Swimming for the summer of 2016, with her group finishing the season with all new best times and 2 new sectional swimmers. She then started coaching for Mecklenburg Swim Association for the 2016-2017 short course season which resulted in new best times for all age groups she coached.

Ashley Peterson

Assistant Coach Parker

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Ashley started competitively swimming at the age of 6 for a swim team in Pueblo, Colorado. She continued swimming through her childhood and swam for four years at Chaparral High School. She was a Team Captain her Senior year. In addition,  she was a four-year letter winner as well as State Qualifier. She is still involved in masters swimming as an adult. 
Ashley graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She has recently started working on her Masters Degree in Education. She has received her teacher licensure in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education.  
 Ashley has been coaching and teaching swim lessons for 10 years. She has spent time coaching club teams, high school teams, and summer league teams. Ashley is currently the Head Coach of Grandview High School Boys Swimming. She has been coaching with them for 4 years.
 
 Ashley is very excited and thankful to start coaching with Lifetime Fitness!
 

Andrew Webber

Head Coach Westminster

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Andrew grew up all over Colorado and started swimming year round since he was five years old.  While in Colorado, Andrew swam for Castle Rock Swim Team and Castle View High School for multiple years. After graduating high school, he went to the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Cultural Diversity. While at Wyoming, Andrew also played water polo for the university for 4 years.
    
Over the past few summers, Coach Andrew has head coached various summer swim teams in the Fort Collins area. After graduating college and spending a few months teaching overseas, Andrew most recently was the assistant coach for the Fort Collins Boys High School swim team and the Fort Collins Area Swim Team.  Andrew’s Coaching philosophy is based on positive reinforcement, teaching proper technique, pushing swimmers to achieve in and out of the water, and having a little fun!  He is looking forward to becoming a part of the Life Time family and looks forward to meeting you all soon.