Owner, Head Coach
Level 5 certified coach, Megan created the Eastern Iowa Swim
Federation from a local community team in 2016. Since then
she's expanded to three sites, rewritten over two thirds of the
previous team records, broken and reset over 40 Iowa Swimming
records, posted over 25 Top 100 All Time National Age Group swims,
half of which were in the top 10, including 1 National Age Group
Record. She was a 2018 Top 10 finalist for the ASCA National Age
Group Coach of the Year award, and won the National Age Group Coach
of the Year award in 2019.
She appears in USA Swimming's Foundations of Coaching 101/201
coaching education videos, and was featured in the February 2018
Swimming World Magazine Special Sets. She was selected as
Head Coach of the 2019 USA Swimming Southern Zone Select Camp in
Louisville, KY, assisted at the USA Swimming Leadership Summit Camp
for 2019 and assisted at the 2018 USA Swimming National Girls
Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center. She was selected
to speak at the Napa, CA, Fischers, IN and Houston, Tx Coaches
Clinics, as well as University of Iowa student business
organizations as an expert on communication and empowerment.
She is a part of the USA Swimming Women in Leadership conference,
the National Team Coaches Conference and an active member of the
USA Swimming National Team Alumni Association.
Megan grew up swimming in Seattle, WA for Hall of Fame coach
Jack Ridley, Jr and was ranked in the top 3 nationally by the time
she was 10 years old. She won three Junior National titles,
the first of which was at the age of 13, and was a member of the
National Junior Team at age 16 representing the USA in Paris and
East Berlin. At the age of 17 she won gold and silver in the
Pan Am games in Cuba and was ranked 18th in the world for the 100
In high school she was undefeated in all dual meets, beating
multiple state champions in their own events, and going 8 for 8 in
the State meet repeatedly setting State records in the 50, 100, and
200 Free. Twice she was ranked first in the nation in those
events. She went to UCLA on a full scholarship and became an
multiple time All-American in swimming setting multiple school
records and also took up water polo where she was All-Conference
and scored the opening goal to help win UCLA's first Women's Water
Polo National Championship, UCLA beat Cal 8-2 for the Title.
In a brief 2009-2010 “comeback” Megan won the 2.5k
swim at the Big Shoulders open water swim in Lake Michigan and two
national titles at the USA Swimming Masters Nationals in the 50 and
100 free, both in her age group and overall, with the fastest times
for all age groups. She was ranked #1 in the world for the age
group in those races that year.
In addition to owning the swim team, Megan runs private swim
lessons in her Endless Pool home studio serving clients from all
over the Midwest, and markets and distributes her underwater
hearing devices, MySwimEars, worldwide to change the way coaching
is done in the sport of swimming. Her purpose in coaching is
to empower people to build trust in themselves and their ability to
create the experiences they want to have in life. Megan is
also a certified Newfield Network Life Coach helping clients of all
ages reach their highest potential in their life goals.
Kerry L Carleton
Director of Ops, Assoc. Assistant Coach
Kerry joined the Eastern Iowa Swim
Federation in 2016 as the Director of Operations, Team Manager and
Assistant Waterbenders Coach. A Cedar Rapids native,
Kerry was a multi-sport standout in high school and brings
knowledge of strength, athleticism and power as well as warmth
and positive direction to each athlete he works with.
As a deck coach, Kerry runs the power
and sprint program as well as spanning technical teaching across
all groups on a rotational basis and meet support from local to
national competitions. His behind the scenes contribution is
invaluable in organizing logistics and travel for all out of town
events as well as ongoing team billing, registration and pool
contracts. Kerry's technical expertise has allowed for
classroom and pool side audio-visual acess and evaluation both on
site and in the Endless Pool studio allowing for greater learning
opportunites for each athlete.
Kerry organizes team travel logistics
makes sure the athletes and coaches have what they need to succeed
before, during, and after travel trips. He was selected
to be the Assistant Manager at the Eastern Zone Select Camp in
Heampstead, New York where he will support coaches, athletes, and
staff in delivering the first tier of USA Swimming performance
Kerry has been on the Board of
Directors of Iowa Swimming and the Iowa City Learning Foundation as
Finance Chair and Treasurer and is a life member of the American
Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming.
Head Burlington Coach
Ryan Ritter has lived most of his life in Burlington, Iowa,
attended Iowa State University and returned to Burlington after
graduation. He has always had a love for sports and being in
competitions. As a High School student he ran track and cross
country and as an adult he became interested in Triathlons.
Ryan competes in local, National and World level competitions and
has become well rounded in all three sports. Over the past 4 years
he has been sharing his love for sports coaching running clinics
and YMCA swimming in Burlington and is looking forward to the new
opportunities with USA Swimming and the Eastern Iowa Swimming
Emily R Hill (Welborn)
Asst. Burlington Coach
Emily started swimming at 7 years old for Keokuk YMCA Swim Team.
She also swam for Sheridan Swim Team (Quincy, IL) and ICE (Iowa
City, IA) for age group swimming. Representing both Iowa and
Illinois at National level meets with USA Swimming.
Emily swam for Keokuk High School as a four year Girls High
School State Qualifer; Top finishes 3rd in 100 Fly
& 9th in 100 Back.
Emily was recruited to Iowa State University where she swam all
four years. During her time there she competed at four Big 10
Conference Championships and she held a ISU Top Ten Record in 200
Back. Emily was the ISU Team Captain Senior Year and 2008 Academic
Throughout her swimming career and after Emily has taught YMCA
and Swim America swim lessons as well as Master’s swimming.
Most recently she has been Assistant Coach for the Burlington YMCA
Outside of the pool Emily and her husband, Jesse, have two
daughters, Kylee and Marlee, both can be found in the pool. Emily
works at General Electric as a Materials Leader in Burlington.
Emily looks forward to the adventure of growing a new satellite
team in Burlington!
Hayley Michelle Carstensen
Asst Waterbenders Coach
Hayley Carstensen swam for CRAA growing up and in fact still
holds the overall team record in the 100 and 200 breast. At
Linn-Mar High School, Hayley was a 5 time State Champion, two time
Iowa Swimmer of the Year, and set the State record in the 100
went on to swim at Northwestern University where she became the 3rd
fastest 100 Breaststroker in team history by the time she
graduated, placing 2nd at the Big Ten Championships and qualifying
for the NCAA Championships. She graduated with a
Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2009.
college she came back to Cedar Rapids and coached with the team and
worked as a swim lessons instructor for 5 years. Hayley spent one
summer as a camp counselor for Northwestern's Swim Camps and a year
as the assistant coach for the Fair Oaks Swim Team in the
Washington DC area. She currently works as a marketing
analyst here in Cedar Rapids and lead the EISF Breastroke
Development group and assists Head Coach Megan Oesting with the
Waterbenders and Trident groups.
Jon Stivers (Coach Jay) is the lead Trident coach and oversees
the developmental side of the program including Splash, Rapids and
Whitewater. Jay has an enthusiastic and positive
coaching style and a "Can Do" attitude that lifts everyone up
around him. A student of the sport, he is continually
learning and growing in his effort to support each and every one of
his athletes in their swimming experience.
Coach Jay returned to coaching in 2017, having been the
head coach of the Siouxland Sharks from 2000 to 2002 where he
helped the team grow by over 30% in his two years he was at the
helm. While there he coached children from ages 8 to 18, helping
swimmers continue to improve and develop a love of swimming and
leading several groups to State and Midwest regional championship
meets and several swimmers went on to swim in college. In the
off season he ran stroke clinics in between seasons that brought in
over 100 kids who took part in the very intense 3 day training
weekends, helping those swimmers to achieve their goals.
for the University of Northern Iowa as a distance freestyler and IM
specialist. During his time there he was a four year letter winner
and a team captain during the 1992 to 93 season. Throughout
his four years at UNI he continued to lower his times every year
through participation in different swim clinics and camps. At UNI
he learned about balancing priorities for school and sport as
well as personal planning, this experience continues to influence
the processes he uses in life every day. Jay still likes to climb
into the pool, enjoys practicing and looks forward to doing more in
the future with the hopes of competing with the Masters swimming
team in Cedar Rapids.
married with two kids. His wife Geri is very supportive of
Jon’s love of the sport and continues to cheer him and their
two kids on while they are at the pool.
Jackson L Hannam
Jackson Hannam joined EISF in 2016 as the Head Muscatine site
coach. He graduated from George Mason University where he
majored in Sports Management and minored in Coaching. While at
Mason he was a competitive Division I swimmer and was
captain of the team his senior year.
Jackson has been coaching for the last 10 years at various
levels. He’s coached NVSL for eight years, high school
assistant coach for two years, and club for three years. He
has worked with just about every age group and skill level, ranging
from beginning six-year-olds to collegiate level athletes and
recently finished a summer as a camp coach as the Texas Longhorns