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Eric Adams

Regional Head Coach Colorado

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Eric is a native of Grand Junction, Colorado, where he grew up swimming for the Grand Junction Dolphins.  He was a Junior National qualifier in the 200 Breaststroke in 1997. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he was a four your member of the men’s swimming team and helped the team to 3 North Central Conference titles.  He has been involved in the sport of swimming since the age of seven.

Eric is returning to Colorado from Virginia where he was the Head Coach of a 500-swimmer team operating out of two facilities. He also served as a swim meet director for at least four meets annually.  He is an ASCA Level 3 coach with more than 12 years of experience coaching. He has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities to include high performance age group and senior swimmers, collegiate swimmers, high school and recreational swimmers.  He has coached numerous Potomac Valley Swimming champions, Eastern Zone and Sectional qualifiers and finalists, NSCA qualifiers, and over 100 team records have been set by his swimmers during this time. 

 

Past Coaching Experience:

SNOW Swimming 2002-2013

Head Coach of the Broadlands Piranhas: 2004-2008

Aquatics Instructor for Town Of Leesburg:  2002-2006

Assistant Coach Loudoun County High School-2002-2005

Assistant Coach Potomac Station Sailfish:  Summer 2003

Assistant Coach Grand Junction Dolphins:  Summer 2002

Assistant Coach University of North Dakota:  2001/20012Season

 

Karen Anne Athen

Head Coach Colorado Springs

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·         {C} I love swimming.

·         {C} I started swimming competitively when I was eight years old.

·         {C} I swam mostly summer league with a few year-round AAU years thrown in.

·         {C} I am a backstroker.

·         {C} I started coaching when I was seventeen years old.

·         {C} I coached novice and age group swimmers on the local summer league in California for around five years.

·         {C} I absolutely love helping young swimmers improve.

·         {C} I swam varsity all four years of high school.

·         {C} I qualified and swam in regional meets all four years of high school.

·         {C} I was All-American in 50 back in the 80s.

·         {C} 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.

·         {C} 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 one of the Team Captains for her Senior Year (2014 - 2015).

 

While swimming in college, Victoria was also an assistant coach for the Wingate Aqua Dogs (2012-2015) where she coached Age Group swimmers, focusing on good technique on all four strokes and the fundamentals of competitive swimming.  Post graduating, she coached with New South Swimming for the summer of 2016, with her group finishing the season having all best time swims and 2 new sectional swimmers.  She then started coaching for Mecklenburg Swim Association for the 2016 - 2017 short course season on which resulted in best times from all the age groups she has coached.