KING coaches

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Coaching Staff

Jay Benner

Head Coach


Jay Benner has more than 30 years of experience as a coach at every level of the sport and was himself a nationally ranked athlete. Jay has coached and developed Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record holder, 8 time Olympic Medalist Nathan Adrian and 2008 US Olympian and Pan American Games medalist Dana Kirk. Jay has had many years of coaching experience as an Olympic, International and National level coach for the USA, Canada, UAE and many other countries. Numerous athletes under Coach Jay have gone on to compete at the very highest levels of swimming through Division I, II, & III level universities, as well as on National and Olympic Teams. Jay has also had many years of experience in highly successful clubs around the country including, Tacoma Swim Club, SwimMAC, Ridgefield Aquatics, & Bellingham Bay Swim Team. Coach Jay was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010.

Svetlana Karpeeva

Coach - Federal Way (KCAC)


KING Alumna and Olympian Svetlana "Svet" Karpeeva, trained with King Aquatic Club while on the Russian national team and competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. After retiring as an athlete, she started coaching top level swimmers in her native Russia.

Anthon Rasmussen

Coach - Covington


When Anthon was no more than 2, he ventured out into the North Sea from the shore and swam. When he was 16 years old, he became a lifeguard and worked at a large Water Park in Las Vegas. This proved to be the cementing point for him after seeing the necessity to learn how to swim. After serving 4 years in the military, he returned home to begin his passion: swimming and teaching. He became certified as a lifeguard, water safety (WSI), CPR, and first aid instructor to achieve his goals. During his almost 20 year time in aquatics, he developed a first-class swim program on the Issaquah/Samammish Plateau, taught every class from parent-tot to adult learn-to-swim, was the Head Coach two years for a summer league on the Eastside, and was a Master's coach at the Samena Club for 3 years. 

He saw an opportunity to help with King Aquatic Club when he stepped in to volunteer for PG1/PG2 swimmers. He fully believes in the "whole swimmer" approach. He says, "It isn't just about technique or volume swimming. It is about making a connection to your swimmers in a professional way that forges trust. By bringing all attributes of the athlete to bear, we can create a strong individual that strives to achieve".

In his spare time, he writes poetry and short stories, cooks family dinners, builds play structures, and goes camping with his wife and two KING swimmers. 

Elizabeth Yen

KING Team Administration & Billing