We hope we will teach you the value of dedication, perseverance, and pursuing your dreams.  We look forward to creating wonderfull swimming memories with the swimmers and their families.  If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. 

Coaching Staff

Shelley Lechnir


I live in State Center with my husband Jon and our two amazing kids, Michael and Molly.  I graduated from UNI and began coaching in 1997.  I became the Blue Wave head coach in 2008.  I am also the Aquatic Director for the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA.  I love coaching and everything about it.  My favorite part about coaching is knowing that each swimmer grown up to have great memories from swimming.  I have many great memories but my favorites are the friendships and bonds I have made with my coaches, swimmers and their parents.

Patricia Herrera


I am married to my amazing husband Marco and have three totally awesome kids, Anthony, Shakira and Marco. I am originally from Harlington, TX and have been an assistant coach of the Blue Wave Swim Team since 2011. I love coaching swimming and my favorite part of coaching is seeing the end result, especially when I see that the swimmers are working hard everyday at practice!  I feel that the Blue Wave swimmers have a great understanding of sportsmanship! My favorite memories are watching my baby girl accomplish all of her goals in swimming.

Becca Elliott


I am married to Drew and have the most beautiful children; Alex and Ana.  I have lived in Marshalltown most of my life except the few years in Guam while Drew was serving his country.  I have been a swim official for many years and started coaching Blue Wave Swim Team in 2012.  My favorite part about coaching is watching the kids improve and their reactions when they drop time.  I have many favorite memories but one that always get me is watching kids cheer on their teammates and get excited for them.

Emily Vest


I am currently a senior at MHS.  I have swam a total of 14 years; oe year of swim lessons, 9 years of Blue Wave, and four years of high school.  My favorite part of coaching is helping and motivating the swimmers and watching them grow.  My favorie memory is getting to be apart of beating thr medley relay record at MHS in 2015.  Next year I plan to attend the University of Wyoming and be a physical therapist or an early education teacher.  Looking forward to a great  Blue Wave season!

Dee Norton


You could say I have been involved in swimming pretty much my whole life!  For the last 45 years I have either been a swimmer, a dive coach, a synchronized swimming coach, swim official, official trainer and a parent of a swimmer!  Now I am so excited to add being a Blue Wave Coach to my resume.  I am strictly here for the kids!  I love watching them grow and learn and being a part of that makes everything worth it!  My favorite memory.....well that has to be anything to do with Jack VerHelst!  My husband Mark and I have lived in Marshalltown for the past 32 years and enjoy our grand babies and BBQ!

Raymond A Dulaney