Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Coach Botzman.

Unified Coaches

Brian Botzman

Head Coach & Owner


Coach Brian devotes his time educating and coaching athletes of all abilities and ages, as well as leading sport camps and clinics throughout Central Ohio.  Brian combines years of experience, humor and passion to help athletes achieve their goals.

*Currently Brian is the Upper School Swimming Coach at Columbus School for Girls. He served as the Assistant Coach for the past six seasons under Coach Stephanie Donley, finishing wnd in the State in 2015 & 2017. 

*Was an assistant coach with the New Albany Country Club which won its third Country Club Leaugue Championships in a row.

*Has coached at the Age-Group, High School & College level since 1991. 

*Brian served as a full-time assistant coach with the swimming program at Kenyon College, helping coach Jim Steen’s team garner their 21st consecutive men’s national championship and 17th straight women’s NCAA title.
He then joined the Athletic Staff at Tennessee Tech University as the Head Cross Country & Track Coach.  In his first full season as Head Coach his athletes set 10 school records indoor and 13 outdoor. 

*Has been awarded Coach of the Year Award seven times in his career.

*Triathlon coach with Team In Training from 2004-2011, helping hundreds of triathletes complete their first endurance event. Currently is the Head Coach of the Tri Columbus Program which began in 2012.

Coach Brian's Mission Statement for the Unified Aquatics Club is to create a fun, safe and challenging environment where excellence is expected both in and out of the pool.

Kimberley Joanne Kurtz

Elite Coach


Kim graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 2010. While at Butler, she lettered in varsity swimming for 4 years. She currently holds the 1650 Freestyle (Mile) record and share the 400 (2x50) Freestyle Relay record for Butler. She continued her swimming career at the collegiate level at Youngstown State University. As a Penguin, she contributed to the team by competing in Distance Freestyle, Butterfly, and Individual Medley events. Her coaching experience begins with Fair Valley Swim Team in 2007. She led the Fins to numerous GDSA Championship first place victories. She coached Advanced Developmental swimmers for Penguin Swimming at the state and national level. Coaching young adolescents in swimming has sparked her passion for her career as a middle childhood math and science teacher. She is excited to work with the unified swimmers this season!

Danny Conway

Challenge Group Coach


Danny grew up in Grayslake Il where he swam competitively for 10 years with his twin brother Sean and younger brother Matt.  Danny was a high school all American leading his team to an overall third place finish at the state championships and individually capped off by his 2nd and 3rd finishes.  

Danny then attended Purdue University where he swam on the varsity team for all 4 years of his eligibility.  Danny was an academic all Big Ten member his junior and senior year, team captain, Big Ten sportsmanship award winner, and Red Mackey Award recipient given to the one senior who most embodies the characteristics of Mr. Mackey: leadership, sportsmanship and integrity.  In the pool, Danny has finished in the top 8 at the Big Ten conference meet 4 times.  His times in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM remain as the second fastest times in Purdue school history.  Danny graduated from Purdue in Decemeber 2016 with a mechanical engineering degree.  He is now a prosthetic research engineer at The Ohio WillowWood Company.

Danny has had many small time coaching positions including swim and camp counselor at Purdue University technique and training camps as well as volunteer coaching at Purdue University, his local high school and former club team in Grayslake Il. 

Sandy Silwowski

Explorer Group


Sandy has been around the swimming world for a very long time. She competitively swam from the age of seven to her senior year of high school.  Sandy was also a member on two high school state teams.

She is currently the Assistant Middle School Swimming Coach for the Columbus School for Girls, which won their conference meet in 2013. Sandy aslo serves as an Assistant Coach for the New Albanay Country Club which won the Country Club League Championships for the third year in a row. She has been teaching swim lessons for the past 9 years and has experience running two lesson programs at New Albany HS and Plain Township Aquatic Center.

Morgan Grodesky

Voyager Coach


Morgan, a 2014 graduate from Florida Atlantic University, swam competitively, including for her University, from the age of 6 to 20, and has been coaching and teaching swim lessons since the age of 12. Morgan’s coaching experience is extensive as she has been part of the coaching team for the Chevington Woods Kingfish, New Albany Aquatics Club, and is currently involved with the New Albany Country Club and Columbus School for Girls programs.

In 2015 Morgan became the Head Coach of the Columbus School for Girls Middle School team where they won the Championship title in January of 2016. Also, she is the Assistant Head Coach at the New Albany Country Club where she and Coach Stephanie Donley brought in another Championship for the NACC Penguins in 2015. She was the Co-Head Coach for the Chevington Woods Kingfish from 2011-2014 and assistant in 2015 when they won their 11th consecutive Championship title. Morgan’s accolades include holding the 50 freestyle record at Pickerington North High School, receiving the spirit award, was elected team captain, and was part of an All-Ohio relay at States.

In her free time Morgan likes to travel to new places, experience different cultures, and try new activities. While in school she founded a sorority and was the Honors Program Vice President. She also participated in many community service projects to raise money for Alzheimer's research, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, and Relay for Life.

Morgan is excited to coach for Unified Aquatics Club this coming year. She’s ready to help improve our young swimmer’s confidence and technique in the water while teaching them safety in the pools.

Patrick Lape

Explorer Group Assistant Coach


Tana Lantry

Discovery Group


Tana Loves Everything Related to Water!  She swam competitively since age 8 with the New Albany Swim team and then with CSG.  She was a WSI Swim Instructor and lifeguard for the Bexley Pool.   She is a licensed Scuba Diver, spent time in California both Canyoneering (repelling down waterfalls) and attempting to surf, and has competed internationally in White Water Rafting.

She is currently working in Real Estate helping her mom to expand her company, Ohio Broker Direct.  She is also a Substitute Teacher for the Columbus School for Girls and an Assistant Coach for the New Albany Country Club Swim Team.  She graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a major in Global Security and Intelligence Studies with a minor in Asian Studies; and focus areas of Spanish language, psychology and mathematics.  She has her pilot’s license, spent several summers working with the Safe and Sound Program (preschool for homeless and disadvantaged children), spent a year in Beijing teaching spoken English and doing pilot testing at an all male military aviation college at Beihang University, and five years in Los Angeles working in the Private Jet industry.  Teaching has been a theme throughout her life – she loves working with people of all abilities and age groups, whether in the pool or in a classroom.  She is looking forward to a fun season with the Unified Aquatics Club! 

Grace Finnegan

Discovery Group Assistant Coach


Karlyn Russell Botzman

Youth Triathlon Specialist