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2018 Coaching Staff

Jo Jekel

Head Coach, 11-12's, 13+ Asst.

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Happy Summer Sharks!

Having grown up at Seminole swimming for 11 years and coaching for 2 years after, I decided my 1 year break was more than enough! In May I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed 4 years of swimming there as well. Last summer and throughout the school year I was a club coach in Iowa City, where I learned a lot but realized how much I missed and love Seminole. I started off coaching the 8&unders, then the 9-10s, and this summer I have the honor of coaching the 11-12s and helping out with the 13&ups!

Can’t wait to watch all the fast swimming and have the most fun!

Taylor Jackson

13 and Ups, 11-12 Asst.

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Hi! My name is Taylor and I am excited for my second year as a coach for Seminole! I am originally from Maryland, and swam for summer and club teams there starting at age 6 (although, for my first few years, I wore bikinis to practice every day and clung to the lane line for survival during meets). My favorite event was 500 free! I stuck with swimming by guarding, coaching, and teaching lessons in high school and college.

I graduated from UW-Madison in 2016 and currently work with first-generation college students at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County! I also have a beautiful pitbull, Emma, who keeps me busy!

Looking forward to another fabulous summer!

Erik Wickstrom

9-10's

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Joining the Seminole coaching staff for the 4th year, this year Erik (and Julia) will coach the 9-10's age group. Before Erik started coaching at Seminole he spent a few summers as a lifeguard (head guard) and swim lessons instructor here at Seminole. Erik graduated from Verona Area High School in 2014 after swimming all four years and serving as team captain his senior year.  Erik swam 11 summers of All-City Swim League experience with Ridgewood pool. He currently attends (and swims for) UW-La Crosse.

 

Julia VerVoort

9-10's

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Hi! I'm Julia, and I'm so excited for my second year coaching the 9-10s! I swam for Seminole myself for twelve years, over which I dabbled in each of the four strokes, before eventually deciding that I was supposed to be an IMer. My favorite event is anything except the 200 freestyle. I also joined Seminole's dive team one fateful day my senior year--my favorite dive is any of the ones where I didn't smack ten times in a row.

I graduated from Verona High School in 2016 and I currently attend Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where I'm also on the swim team. I'm majoring in Chemistry and Economics, and am considering law school after graduation.

I'll also be guarding this summer, so come say hi to me in the guard room whenever :) 

I am so thrilled to be back at Seminole, my second home...see you at the pool!

 

Carrie Snodgrass

8 and Unders, Shark Bites

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Sammy Seymour

8 and Unders, Shark Bites

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Hey, sharks!

I'm so excited to be returning as an 8 and Under coach this summer! I have been swimming at Seminole since age 5, so when my eligibility for being a member of the swim team was up, I figured the obvious next step was to become a coach. 

As for my non-summer life, I just finished my junior year at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. I spent second semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a great experience, even though it'll take me some time to come to terms with the fact that I had to miss a few weeks of the summer swim season so that I could finish up my travels! 

Aside from studying Spanish, Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Psychology, I am also a part of the swim team at UWL. With that, I hope to teach my swimmers some of the tips and tricks I've learned over the years - maybe even in español? wink

I'm looking forward to yet another amazing year, see you all at the pool!

Joe Culver

8 and Unders, Shark Bites

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Jacob Wellnitz

8 and Unders, Shark Bites

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Hey Seminole Sharks!

My name is Jacob and I am very excited to be coaching the 8 and Unders and the Shark Bites for the first time ever this year! I grew up in Fitchburg and graduated Verona High School in 2017 after swimming on the high school team for 4 years and being captain my senior year. Besides high school swim I also swam for BAC as well as the great Seminole Sharks. I started swimming at the old age of 6 right here at Seminole and fell in love with the sport, eventually settling into the world of a distance swimmer.

Besides swimming, many members may recognize me from swim lessons, as I taught them at Seminole for 3 years (and some of you may recognize me from my short stint as a dive lesson instructor). I attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where I plan on majoring in Chemical Engineering and am a member of the swim club there. 

I plan on watching some lightning fast swims this summer and look forward to seeing you all!

Logan Samuelson

Stroke Coach

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Hey guys,

I'm Logan and I'll be helping out with the 13&ups this summer! I grew up in Florida swimming club before I went on to study and swim at the University of Iowa. I had the privilege of helping coach my former high school team last summer which is when I learned how much fun coaching is. 

I'm in Madison this summer interning with WIAC and I knew I wanted to stay involved with swimming in some capacity. I'm excited to meet everyone and get started!

Go Sharks! 

Trevor Sisson

Head Dive Coach

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Trevor Sisson is back for his fifth season at Seminole. He was a 3-time All-City Dive champion & a Division II state champion his Senior year at Monona Grove High School.  Trevor is currently coaching diving at UW-Whitewater and attending UW-Milwaukee. Trevor really enjoys long moonlit strolls.

Board of Directors

Jane Feller

Swim Team Rep - Seminole Board Member

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Louisa Enz

Clothing

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Stacy Renkens

Clothing

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Jolen Neumann

Concessions

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Heidi Updegrove

Dive Team Rep

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Rick Zuehl

Officials

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Ronda Beggs

Social Coordinator

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Matt Lorson

Clerk of Course

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Amy DeWald

Treasurer

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Mike Johnstone

Treasurer

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Jane Feller

All-City Board Rep

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