Director, Head Coach Senior Group
Having recently retired from teaching with the Olentangy Local
School District in Powell, Ohio, Denise Humphrey begins her second
season with the Bobcat Swim Club. She serves as the club's
executive director and assumes the coaching responsibilities
of the Senior Group.
During Denise’s 28 years in suburban Columbus, she worked
with swimmers ages 5-18. She honed her coaching philosophy while
working on the coaching staffs of Buckeye Swim Club, Olentangy High
School, and the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team.
Denise is a graduate of Ashland University where she earned
degrees in Elementary Education and Sports Management. She was
captain of the college team during her junior and senior years.
Denise is married to Dick Humphrey and resides in Shawnee.
She is the mother of son Cameron, a recent graduate of Bucknell
University, and daughter Mallory, who just completed her sophomore
year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Head Coach Junior Group
Ariel is currently in her first year as a PhD student in Higher
Education at Ohio Univeristy. Previously, she competed
for Ohio University for 4 years on the varsity swim team. In
high school, she competed for Oakland Live Y'ers for 5 yeras,
gaining national level experience in breaststroke, butterfly, and
IM events. In additonal, Ariel was a Speedo Sectional
qualifier for 7 years, as well as team sectional champions for 3
years. She was also a state champion in the 100 breast, 200
fly, and 400 free. During her time at Ohio University, she
has taught private lessons for 4 years and has over
8 years of teaching experince. She is excited for her
second year of coaching with Bobcat Swim Club and is looking
forward to working with everyone.
Emily Loren Davis
Asst. Junior Group Coach
Emily Davis is in her senior year at Ohio University studying
sports management and international business. She was team captain
this past year on the OU swim and dive team and has been swimming
competitively since she was five years old. She is originally from
Lexington, Kentucky and has been teaching private swim lessons for
over 8 years. She is very excited about this opportunity and can't
wait to get started with Bobcat Swim Club!
Asst. Age Group Coach
Whitney is currently in her first year at Ohio University, majoring
in Physical Education/Health Education to become a teacher and high
school swim coach. She has five years of coaching experience with a
local swim club in Aurora, Ohio where she was the head coach the
past three seasons. She has coached kids ages 3 to 15 years old and
has given private lessons in breaststroke and freestyle. Whitney
has competed for three USA swim teams in her career. Starting at
age 8 she was with the Solon STARS Swim Club, then the Hudson HEAT
Swim Club and finished her USA Swimming career with University
School Swim Club. While attending Aurora High School she ran cross
country and was a swimmer serving as team captain her senior year.
In swimming, Whitney was a 3X Suburban League Champ in the
Breaststroke and 4X District Qualifier. She currently holds three
school records including the 100 Breaststroke (1:07), 200 Medley
Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. This enthusiastic swimmer is excited
to have such an incredible opportunity to coach with the Bobcat
Olivia is currently a second year student at Ohio University
studying biology with hopes of being a dentist. She is from
Columbus, Ohio where she started swimming competitively at the age
of 10. She swam through high school as well as playing water polo
for her high school team. She was voted captain by her teammates
her senior year and enjoyed helping to grow the program. Olivia has
been a certified lifeguard for 5 years and enjoys being on the pool
deck. She is very excited to begin a coaching career with the
Bobcat Swim Club!
Alex Porterfield is in his freshman year at Ohio University
studying business and entrepreneurship with hopes of one day
opening his own business. He swam for 2 years his junior and senior
years at Athens High School and was part of the Bobcat
Swim Club also. He has lived in Athens, Ohio all of his life
and was given a captains' position his senior year on the Athens
High School Swim team. He is very excited for this
opportunity to coach with the Bobcat Swim Club.
Annie has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old.
She is currently a Senior studying Marketing and Psychology at Ohio
University. She also swims for the Ohio University Swimming and
Diving Team. Annie specializes in middle distance butterfly,
backstroke, and IM. Throughout her swimming career she has had the
opportunity to travel the country and meet elite level athletes and
coaches from around the world. When she’s not in the pool,
Annie enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also
loves playing with her kitty Gigi and her puppy Pluto.
Audra Burtch grew up in Northern Indiana swimming for Concord Swim
Club. She was a Senior State Champion in the 800m, 1500m, 1000yd
and 1650yd freestyle as well as a member of the state winning
800m freestyle relay. She participated in the 5k Open Water
National Championships in 2010-2012 and in the 10k in 2013. She
swam for Eastern Michigan University where she specialized in the
500, 1000 and 1650yd freestyle as well as the 400IM. During
her time at EMU she qualified for USA Swimming Nationals in the
1000 free and placed in the top 8 at MACs in the 1650 and 500 free.
She obtained her bachelors in Exercise Science and is a certified
strength and conditioning specialist. She is now a third year
Physical Therapy doctorate student at OU and was the assistant
coach for Athens High School during the 2017-2018