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2019 Coaches

Walter Ellard - Head Coach

Walter Ellard has been with the rapids for over 13 years, seven of them as a coach. Walter has also been a year round swimmer with SwimAtlanta for more than 6 years, including national level experience. Walter currently attends Berry College in Rome, GA, and he is looking forward to having a strong competitive season with an emphasis on fun.

Lindsay Thomas - Assistant Coach

Lindsay Thomas is first year at the University of Georgia studying Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She graduated from Roswell High School in 2017. She participated in Roswell High School Swim Team for four years where she was a state qualifier and a senior captain. Lindsay was also a part of Swim Atlanta Year-round Swim team for 11 years. Her other High School activities include National Honor Society and Girl Scouts. Lindsay has continued to swim at UGA through UGA Club Swimming where she was able to qualify for the Club Swimming Nationals meet. She also participated in UGA Red Cross Club and UGA Filipino Student Association this past school year.
This will be Lindsay's fourth year as an assistant coach for Rapids, and her first year in 12 years not swimming for the youth team. However, she is excited to age up into the Adult Swim League! Lindsay was previously a lifeguard for the rec, and now works as a manager at the pool. She is looking forward to being back at the pool for another summer.

Noah Griffin - Assistant Coach

Noah Griffin is a rising junior at Roswell High School. He's been a swimmer on the Rapids for 9 years and this will be his second year coaching. Noah also swims year round with Swim Atlanta and has been there for 8 years. He has been a state qualifier for the past 6 years and has also been a state qualifier for the past 2 years for the Roswell High School Swim team. He is looking forward to another great summer of coaching and swimming.

Alex Kerce - Assistant Coach

Alex is a sophomore premed student at Augusta University and has been with the Rapids for seven years. In the past, she has swum year-round and for her high school. In addition to swimming, Alex remains involved outside of school in the Red Cross Club, Biology Club, and her sorority. She's spent the past four seasons volunteer and assistant coaching, has two years of experience as a lifeguard, and will also be working as a pool manager this year. She can't wait to get started with another amazing summer!

Anna Trively - Assistant Coach

Anna is a 2019 graduate of Roswell High School where she swam all four years and was a Captain in her senior year. At RHS, Anna was involved with the Robotics team, played cello in the orchestra and volunteered time with NHS, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. This is Anna's ninth year swimming with the Rapids and her second as an assistant coach after two years as a volunteer coach. Anna plans to study Engineering at Kennesaw State University this fall.  

Maddy Keogh - Assistant Coach

Maddy is a rising junior at Roswell High School. This is her second year with Roswell Rapids and first as a coach! She has been swimming for eight years through PACK swim team in upstate New York, at the high school, and her middle school team, where she was team captain. In school, she participates in theatre, runs for the Cross Country team, and is on student council. She will also be a lifeguard this summer at the Rec and can't wait for another great season!

Sam Rockaway - Assistant Coach

Sam Rockaway will be graduating Roswell High School in May of 2019. He plans to Study Mechanical Engineering at KSU. This will be his first year coaching for the Roswell Rapids. He swam for Roswell High School his senior year. In school he is active in the Roswell orchestra and robotics team. He's looking forward to a fun and amazing season this summer!

Krysta Schwab - Assistant Coach

Krysta is a rising sophomore at Roswell High School. She was a summer league swimmer in elementary school, has swam with Dynamo swim club, the Y, done a season of diving at the Gwinnett Aquatic Center, and was a part of the Roswell High School swim team this past winter. Aside from swim, Krysta is a part of student council, orchestra, and animal rescue club.

Carrison Bulloch - Assistant Coach

Carrison is a rising sophomore at Roswell High School. She was on the Roswell swim team her freshman year and previously swam for the Roswell Rapids. In July she will be a lifeguard at the Rec. At school she was on the principals honor roll and is on the student council.

Connor Erickson - Assistant Coach

Connor is 15 years old and a rising sophmore at Roswell high school. He swam with Swim Atlanta for 9 years and with the Roswell swim team during the 2018-2019 school year. He came in third for the 200 Breastroke and 200 Individual Medley. He also holds records at the Roswell rec pool for the 100 breastroke and 100 Individual medley. He's excited for this summer and to share his passion about swimming.

Virginia Claire Lehmann - Assistant Coach

Virginia Claire Lehmann is a rising Junior at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. She swam for Roswell Rapids from 2008-2012 and now swims on the Varsity swim team at school as well as for the Stingrays year round. This is her first year as an assistant coach and she will also be life guarding at the Rec this summer.

Mariam Demiann - Assistant Coach

Mariam is a rising sophomore at Milton High School, she has swam with the Roswell Rapids for nine years now and  has been swimming with Swim Atlana for two years, she also used to swim with Y. Mariam is an orchestra student and enjoys playing her violan in her free time. Mariam spends most of her time at church volunteering for special events, she also likes to spend her free time outside and in nature