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Coaching Staff

Michael Stromberg

Head Coach/Owner

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Altitude Performance Swim Team 2018-2019 Season in Review
Arena Western Senior Zones - Altitude had 4 swimmers attending the meet in Clovis, CA.  Several team records and finalists.
Colorado State Qualfiers at Age Group and Senior State Meets.
Team has grown from 16 to 85 swimmers since the summer of 2014.
Altitude Performance Swim Team's home pool is USAFA.
Coach Mike is a member of USA Swimming Rules and Regulations National Committee.
Coach Mike is a volunteer assistant coach for 4A Colorado State Girls Championship Team - Rampart High School.

Coach Mike has coached at club, high school and at the NCAA level.  
At the NCAA level for 21 years at the University of North Dakota, his Men's and Women's teams were very successful.
UND women’s team finished 2nd at the NCAA's in both 1989 and 1999.
UND women's team finished in the top 6 for 17 straight years at the NCAA Nationals.
UND men's team finished in the top 10 for 15 straight years at NCAA Nationals.
For his women's team performance in 1989 and 1999, Coach Mike was the recipient of the NCAA National Coach of the Year.  

With all of his accomplishments, what he likes to do the most is teach swimmers how to swim faster through proper technique and training.  His philosophy is to train to race, not train to train.

Come join the ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE SWIM TEAM.
For more information:
Cell – (719) 505.2076
Email – mkstromberg@gmail.com
Mailing address - 2451 Ledgewood Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Karen Anne Athen

Assistant Coach

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Born in England, Karen moved to California at a young age and began swimming competitively at the age of eight with the Fairfield Seahorses. She swam mostly for the summer swim league and few years with the year-round AAU Team, Solano Aquatics Club where she had her first opportunity to coach. She is a backstroker who qualified for regional meets all four years of high school and was an All-American in 50 back in the early 80s. As well as swimming, Karen also played water polo in high school and beyond.

Karen began coaching at the age of 18 when, while coaching for the Fairfield Aquatic Club, she developed a program for developmental swimmers into competitive swimmers within one summer. Some even competed in 100 IMs their first year. She finds few things as rewarding as helping young swimmers achieve their goals.

After raising her children, Karen returned to coaching as the assistant boys and girls swim coach at Vista Ridge High School until they cancelled the program due to budget cuts. Karen has worked with swimmers of all ages and most levels, but her first love is still age groupers. She has spent the last 3.5 years serving as the head swim coach at Life Time Fitness in Colorado Springs, where she coached all levels and produced many state qualifiers. During Karen’s tenure at Life Time, the team nearly doubled in size and has continued to grow in quality and quantity.

A few years ago, at the age of 47, she finally succeeded in a longtime goal of competing in a 70.3 Ironman competition. Which goes to prove, you are never too old to achieve your dreams.

Eddie McNulty

Stroke Coach

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Eddie has been swimming for 12 years and has spent the last six swimming under Mike Stromberg. He Specialized in the 500 Free and the 200 IM throughout his high school career at Rampart. Eddie helped create Altitude and develop the team dynamic and culture of training to race.  He has been helping Mike Coach since 2016 and from 2011 to 2014 he coached swim lessons over the summers for Falfins. He is currently attending school for his EMT certification so he can pursue his goal of becoming a Firefighter.