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Michael Scott Verwest

Head Coach

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Coach Mike swam as a youth for Fort Myers High School and with Fort Myers Swim Association .  He received his bachelor's degree from Florida Atantic University  and his M.D. from University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He is a ASCA Level 2 coach, and certified by Swim Lessons University as a Learn-To-Swim Professional.  He has been certified by the American Learn to Swim Teachers as a Certified Stroke Technician.

 

 

 

Laura Verwest

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JUAN CARLOS PICON

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A former competitive swimmer, Juan started swimming at 4 years old and swimming team (Bogota, Colombia) from ages 8 – 18 years. At age 10, winning national and international merits. At age 14 - 22, Juan began teaching swim lessons at the Club Campestre Internacional (Colombia) and became the head coached for the swim team.
At age 27, Juan moved to the United States, attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha and working as lifeguard , lifeguard instructor and American Red Cross swim instructor (all levels). He became part of the Omaha Masters swim program as participant wining some merits and became assistant coach in 2002 to 2014.
Juan has worked in finance for almost 25 years. Currently, he is a Regional Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank.
Juan is a certified USA Swimming Coach and Certified USA Master Swimming Coach

Christol Elisabeth Leishure

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At age 10, I took an interest in swimming and began competing. Growing up, I swam for Cape Coral High School swim team as a four-year varsity swimmer, competing in county, district and regional events. It is the love of swimming that has led me to coach after high school. I currently student at FSW. Christol is a certified USA Swimming Coach

KATRINA LYNN GALLARDO

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Coach Katrina (Kat or Kate) started swimming at the late age of 14 and was able to join a division A high school swim team that earned three out of four undefeated seasons with personal gains of most improved, mvp, and team captain awards.  Her love of swimming inspired her to become a swim instructor at the YMCA and an assistant coach to a local U.S.S team. After graduation she swam for  GVSU competing mainly in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the occasional IM. She continued to swim competitively through Masters swimming and the occasional sprint triathlon. During her career in healthcare she decided to pursue other opportunities in higher education and return to her teaching roots. While earning bachelors degrees in biomedical science and Spanish she taught age group lessons specializing in swim team prep. Katerina is a certified USA Swimming Coach.