Ryan Menninga has spent every summer of his life at the West Side Swim Club. He swam on the swim team for 13 years and was also on the dive team for six years. This is his sixth year as a lifeguard at West Side and first as the head coach (was assistant coach the previous three years). Ryan just finished his third year at UWM where he swims and studies Biochemistry with minors in Psychology and Biology.  Highlights of his swimming career- Ryan swam for four years at Madison Memorial High School where his old relay still has the 200 Freestyle Relay team record. He also holds the freshmen record in the 200 Butterfly at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This summer Ryan is looking forward to helping all the kids become stronger swimmers, develop better technique, and be more confident in their swimming ability both in practice and at meets.




Anna Weiss swam for West Side for 9 years, and this is her 3rd year coaching. Anna is going into her senior year at Saint Louis University, and her goal for the team is for everyone to have a perfect streamline off every wall.


Jimmy Graves is ecstatic to be joining the prestigious and historical West Side Swim Club family.  When he's not coaching at West Side or Madison Aquatic Club (MAC) or managing his handful of properties, he enjoys quiet nights in front of the fire reading Nicholas Sparks and embracing his pet chinchilla Barricade.  His high school swimming career climaxed with a 500 freestyle state record, which was swiftly broken as his unsatisfactory college career fizzled out.

Susi First

Susi First is thrilled to be rejoining the West Side coaching staff after a year away for grad school classes. This is her fifth year coaching. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.