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Meet our Coaches

Vitras Swim Club is proud to promote a healthy lifestyle to our swimmers. As coaches we are role models to our swimmers and we are all current and former athletes who take time to workout and eat healthy on a daily basis. Our coaches are not only former or current top level swimmers but athletes who compete and train. This allows us to have a greater understanding of all athletes, training and nutrition. 

Coaching Staff

Sarah Byers

Head Coach

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2015 Arizona Age Group Coach of the Year 

Division I Scholarship Athlete- Miami University 

I have been with the Vitras as the Head Coach since January 2013 and during my time as head coach the club has more than quadrupled in size and talent. We have had multiple athletes qualify for the Regional and State Meet every season as well as having mutiple athletes make State Finals and Far Western, Zone, Sectional and Futures time standards.  I was extremely honored to be named 2015 Arizona Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for my work with VSC. 

I have over 12 years of competitive swimming experience. During my swimming career I was an All-American, State Champion and Record Holder, Junior National Qualifier, Empire State Games Gold Medalist and Division I Scholarship Athlete at Miami University. My favorite events are the 100 back, 200 back and the 50 and 100 free! 

My experience working with young adults is expansive as well. While a student-athlete in college I taught swim lessons, and after college I had the opportunity to be the Assistant Coach for the Middlebury College USA Swim Team and the Assistant Coach at the Vermont Area Swim Team. I coached at these clubs while earning my Master's degree at the University of Vermont. After earning my Master's Degree I relocated to Arizona and began my teaching career where I taught Middle School Science for seven years at Verrado Middle School. During my teaching career I was awarded the West Side Impact Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

I am very passionate for the sport of swimming and what it can do for young athletes.  I encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle for all our swimmers. My coaching credentials include being a USA certified coach, a Level III American Swim Coaches Association Coach, and a World Swim Coaches Association Coach. I live right down the street from the pool in Verrado and I am currently training for the Arizona Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. 

 

Hannah Bruggman

Head Assistant Coach

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Division I Scholarship Athlete- Washington State University

PAC-12 Finalist 

Washington State University Record Holder 

 My name is Hannah Bruggman, and I am originally from small town Wenatchee, Washington. My dad and mom own a plumbing business and my dad runs it full-time while my mom is a school teacher. I have two older siblings, age 27, and they are twins. At the young age of four, I joined my first competitive level swim team. I took lessons in the summer and began competing in the fall. I LOVED the water. After becoming older, my passion for swimming grew and it quickly became a huge part of my life. Swimming was a family event for the Bruggman family. My mom was the coach of our newly established team and my father was an official all while all three of us kids swam. I got more and more serious as time passed and I ultimately focused on school and swimming when entering into my freshman year of high school, as I was determined to earn a collegiate level scholarship. I narrowed down on 100-free and 50-free as my individual events and haven’t looked back since. I was a four-year high school varsity lettering athlete as well as a 4A state champion in the 100-freestyle and runner up in the 50-freestyle. I still hold three Wenatchee High School Swimming individual records and I am also a part of three relay records. My senior year of high-school, I accepted a scholarship to attend Washington State University. Both my mom and sister attended and swam at WSU, which created a legacy that I was eager to continue. In my collegiate career, I was a part of the 200-medley relay and the 200-freestyle relay which both broke the existing records. I swam personal bests in both 50-free and 100-free and ended up breaking the team record for the 100-backstroke. I was a finalist at the PAC-12 Championship in all of my individual events and relays and was gearing up for my final PAC-12 championship when I was medically retired due to a torn labrum. I am currently 3 months post-op and eager to get healthy so I can start my comeback in the pool. My time at WSU granted me the opportunity to learn many valuable life-lessons. I learned the importance of balance between athletics and academics as well as the importance of grit and determination. I became the third most winningest swimmer in Washington State University Swimming history, and I could not be more grateful for all the opportunities that collegiate swimming presented me with. I graduated in May, 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Science with areas of emphasis in Human Development, Communications and Psychology. I ultimately want to open up my own non-profit organization that provides under-privileged children, of all ages, the necessary gear as well as facility to practice the sport of their choice. In my free time, I am often times teaching private lessons or I am exploring the outdoors. I have taught private lessons for six years and I have loved getting to know all the families I have worked with. After a 17-year career, my passion for the water has not diminished, my focus has just shifted from my success, to seeing others succeed. I am excited about coaching the sport I love, and I am even more excited about continuing to learn about it through the teaching of others!

 

Kelley Conrad

Assistant Coach

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Division I Scholarship Athlete- NMSU 

2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier- 50 Free

2017 Short Course Masters National Champion- 100 Free

Coach Kelley has been a coach since April of 2014, after leaving a job working with Microsoft to pursue swim coaching.  Kelley is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington where she swam for her High School. She attended the New Mexico State University on a full athletic Scholarship earning a Bachelors Degree while also being a student athlete for all four years of College. Kelley excelled at NMSU, where she held school records in 200 Free, 100 Free, 200 & 400 Free relay, 200 & 400 Medley Relay. She was also a Conference Finalist all 4 years and in her senior year she was the Team Captain. For all of her efforts in the pool she was awarded the Coach's award twice and Outstanding Student-Athlete - Senior year.

Coach Kelley has been a long time servant of the sport, in her home town of Lake Stevens, WA she coached summer league from 2005-2007 and in her 5th year at NMSU. Kelley has also been the Head Coach at  Xavier College Preparatory swimming and diving.

Coach Kelley is currently training for the 2020 Olympic Trials under Coach Brain Hoffer and working as the Arizona Rep for the Jolyn Swim Suit Brand. 

Daniel Vargas

Assistant Coach

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2018 – Canadian National Champion, Calgary, Canada in the 50, 100 and 200 meters Breaststroke

USA top TEN over 30+ times 
FINA top TEN 2 times 
 

I was an age-group swimmer from 8 to 12 years of age. After that played Water polo all through high school. Attended the University of Wyoming and walked on their Water polo team on my Sophomore year and played for them 3 years, selected team Captain during the Senior Year.   After completing my undergraduate degree went on to obtain an MBA and a Masters in Education. Work in corporate America until 1999. Then moved to Arizona and was a Principal and an Administrator for the Buckeye Elementary School District for 9 years until 2009. 

During 2008 after a back injury was introduced to Masters Swimming and started a love affair with competitive swimming. Since then, I have competed all over the world and achieved results I would have never imagined.

These are some of the highlights:

2018 – Canadian National Champion, Calgary, Canada in the 50, 100 and 200 meters Breaststroke

2017- World Masters Championships Budapest Hungary 9 th place finish 200 Meters Medley 

2016- South American Masters Championship – Punta del Este Uruguay – Gold Medal in the 100, and 200 meters Breaststroke. Gold Medal in the 200 meters Fly. Silver Medal in the 50 meters Breaststroke and 100 meters fly. Broke South American Record on the 200 meters Breaststroke in the 55-59 Age group. USA Nationals 3 rd Mt hood – Oregon Bronze Medal 100 fly LCM – 

2015 – World Masters Championships – Kazan Russia 4 th place 50 meters breaststroke, 5 th place 100 and 200 meters Breaststroke. 7 th place 200 meters fly.

2014 – South American Masters Championship – Mar de Plata Argentina – 3 Gold Medals 1 Silver. World Masters Championship – Montreal Canada 10 th place in 100 Breast and 200 Fly. Canadian National Champion 4 events, Quebec, Canada

2013 – Barcelona, Spain – Spanish National Champion in the 50, 100, 200 mts Breaststroke. Santiago de Chile – South American Champion in the 200 mts Breaststroke.

2012 – Riccione, Italy – World Masters Championship. 11 th place 100 mts Breaststroke. Canadian National Champion in 2 events -Kelowna, Canada

2011 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Pan American Masters Championships. Gold Medal 50mts Breast, Silver Medal 100 and 200 meters Breaststroke. Bronze Medal 100 fly and 200 Medley.

2009 – Sydney, Australia – World Masters Games – 14 th place in the 100 mts Breaststroke.

USA top TEN over 30+ times in 2 age groups (50-54 and 55-59)

USA top TEN Relays over 35+ times

FINA top TEN 2 times (55-59)

Current Arizona Record holder in most of the Breaststroke events (55-59 age group)

Current Arizona Record holder in the 200 yards fly (50-54 age group).

Several Arizona Relay Teams Record Holder

Former Arizona Record holder in all the Breaststroke events in SCY, SCM and LCM (50-54 age groups).

Have participated in many more Local, State, National and International competitions. 

I currently swim 6 days a week and workout between 2 to 3 times weekly at the Gym in Verrado. 

I love the sport of swimming, and as a former educator I love to teach.  I have been invited and conducted many stroke clinics in several countries. (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico). Have met and competed against many former Olympic swimmers. Have won many High-point awards in Local, State and Regional Competitions.

I live in Verrado in Main Street right across from the Swimming Pool.

Now I want to combine my passion for swimming with my background as an educator to help develop young Athletes into reaching their individual goals, and to show them that there is no limit to what you can accomplish with love and dedication for what you do.