Coach Lake has been involved in the sport of swimming for over
30 years as an athlete and coach. During the course of a 21 year
career coaching high school, his teams had 3 top 5 finishes at the
State Meet, a State Championship Relay and two Individual State
Champions. Coach Lake is also in charge of aquatics at Glen Oaks
Country Club in West Des Moines. Additionally, he has had several
athletes move on to successful collegiate careers. He has worked
with swimmers from all over the Des Moines area for over 20 years
and is a certified USA and ASCA coach.
Dominic's swimming career began as an athlete and ran for 12
years concluding with 2 years at Western Maryland College. During
those 12 years he qualified for Junior Nationals in 100 fly 1983,
Catholic Nationals in 100 fly 1982, was named League MVP senior
season of high school, and placed top 10 in 50m free in
Metropolitan Conferance AAU In 1983.
Dominic's coaching career began in 1995 starting with YMasters
and eventually Head Age Group Coach for the Columbia Swim Club.
After a brief hiatus, he returned to coaching in 2012. Dominic
emphasizes proper technique over speed. Speed comes if
technical mechanisms are correct. Being a part of Blaze has
been dream come true.
Tim began swimming competitively at the age of 7.
During his career he was a member of the Atlantic Swim Team,
Urbandale Swim Club and Des Moines Swim Federation. At
Urbandale High School, his top finishes at the State Meet were 2nd
& 3rd place in sprint freestyle events. He was also a
letter winner for the Cyclones during his time at Iowa State
Tim began coaching in 2013 with the Northwest Swim
Club. He recently started my own distribution business called
Midwest Frozen Distribution. Additionally, he works at
Property Management of Central Iowa. Tim is looking forward to
creating a fun and positive learning experience with the Blaze
swimmers, families and coaches.
Meredith Luksetich is a 2009 Johnston Alumni with a long background
in swimming. At age 7, Meredith started her swimming career at
Hyperion Country Club and then progressed to CIA and Johnston High
School swimming. As a four year state qualifier, Meredith has
broken many pool and school records, with one remaining to this
day. Her love of swimming never ended and is dedicated to working
with kids who have a passion for swimming and strong work ethic in
reaching their goal.
Sarah went to Iowa State University where she was in the marching band and studied business. She currently works for Wells Fargo as a loan document specialist. Sarah began swimming at the age of 4 for the NSST Otters in Des Moines. She continued to swim with them until the age of 18. She also swam for Johnston High School for four years.
Savannah's swimming career began at the age of 5. She has
participated at the YMCA as well as in USA Swimming. Her high
school years included being a part of 2 State Championships in
Softball as well as qualifying for State in Swimming as a Junior
and Senior. She has taught swimming lessons for over 4 years and
was an assistant swimming coach at Glen Oaks Country Club for 2
years before joining the Johnston Blaze.
Savannah is currently finishing up her degree in Chemical
Engineering at Iowa State University where she is a member of a
soriety and involved in several on-campus organizations. Savannah
loves being a part of the Blaze and watching how much the kids
improve each season!
Paige began swimming at the age of 6 for the North Side Otters
and Central Iowa Aquatics swim clubs and continued until she
eventually swam for the Johnston High School swim team.
Paige works in communications
and public relations, recently obtained her Masters degree, coaches
private lessons and has enjoyed every minute of being apart of the
Johnston Blaze family since 2013.
Katie has been involved in the sport of swimming for over 10
years. She has been an athlete at the club and high school levels.
Additionally, she has taught swim lessons to kids ranging in ages
from 2 to 18 as well as being an assistant swim team coach at Glen
Oaks Country Club for 3 years. The Blaze will be Katie's first
opportunity to work with a USA program.
Katie is a graduate of St. Ambrose University where she majored
in Psychology. During her time there she was an Assistant Hall
Director and was very involved in campus life. Her mother and
father live in the Des Moines area and she has two younger
siblings. Katie is excited to be working with the Blaze and passing
along her love of the sport to all the kids and families.
Emily's swimming career began at the age of 5 with the
Riverfront YMCA. By the age of 8 she had moved on to USA Swimming
where she made her first of several All-Stars meets as well as
qualifying for Zones. Over her USA career she had several high
point awards at State Championships. As a member of the swim team
at Dowling Catholic she qualified for State all 4 years, was the
school record holder in the 100 Backstroke and swam Backstroke on a
State Champion Medley Relay. Emily has coached for 2 different
teams before joining the Blaze in 2015.
Emily is currently enrolled at Iowa State University where she
is working to complete her degree in Education and earn her
teaching license. She loves being a part of the Blaze family and
helping pass along her love of swimming and competition!
began competitive swimming for the YMCA at age 6 and continued
through his senior year at Marshalltown High School. Matt
currently works for ATech as a custom products designer. He has
three daughters whom all are swimmers and began officiating when
his oldest daughter began swimming. His interest in coaching began
when he was asked to be an assistant coach for the Urbandale
Sharks. Matt is very enthusiastic for teaching stroke technique and
assisting swimmers to improve every time they are in the