Head Coach: Erik Risolvato
Coach Erik comes to us still competing at a professional level and fresh off some of his best competitive years as a professional swimmer for Puerto Rico. He started his swimming career much later than many of his competitors but made up for the lack of time in the water with his insatiable hunger for knowledge of the sport. Erik has spent his professional career ranked among the top 30 in the world in the 50-meter freestyle. He honed his speed and skill by traveling the country and learning from some of the top coaches this sport has to offer, including Mike Bottom, University of Michigan; Brett Hawk, University of Auburn Alabama; and Herbert Behm, who coached the Pro Group at The Phoenix swim club 2014-2016 and now coaches at the University of Utah.
Erik first found his passion for the sport during summer league swimming at age 14. By 17 he had become the fastest high school sprinter in the nation, claiming a long course junior national title in 2011 and ranking in the top 80 in the world with a time of 22.72. Erik has competed in many international meets, including a 4th place finish at the 2015 Pan American Games that qualified him for the 2016 Olympics.
Erik’s training philosophies stem from a career of striving for technical perfection. He believes the best way to get faster is to achieve a stroke as close to perfect as possible. Erik always uses scientific facts to back up his training practices. He believes in teaching swimmers not only the in-water technique and training, but he also believes that a coach should focus on all of the aspects in day to day life that have an impact on an athlete’s performance such as diet, nutrition, sleep, meet preparation, and mental training.
“A champion is not made in the workouts he or she does but by the life he or she lives.”
Swim Fast, Stay Humble, and Believe!
Assistant Coach: Patrick Pembridge
Patrick Pembridge has been on the CBST since he was five years old, and this will be his third year as a lifeguard at Cages Bend. His favorite strokes are backstroke and breaststroke. He is also an avid soccer and football player. Patrick will be a senior in the fall and plans to go into Pastoral Ministries after graduation. He enjoys mentoring and working with children, and he assists in coaching a recreational soccer team and serves in a children’s program at church.
Assistant Coach: Zak Pearson
Zak has been part of the Cages Bend Swim Team family for 6 years. Additionally, this past year he joined Excel Aquatics and is enjoying great success with their training for speed program. Zak is an upcoming sophomore at Station Camp High School where he is part of the school swim team and experienced state qualification, as a freshman, in the 500 freestyle. His favorite events are the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 breaststroke. He also likes to play basketball in his free time, along with video games.
Assistant Coach: Grace Felts
Grace is a graduating senior at Station Camp High School. She will be attending Bethel University this fall and majoring in Psychology. She has been a member of Middle Tennessee Swim Club since she was seven years old. She also swam for the Station Camp High School swim team all four years and qualified for regionals and state each year. Her two favorite events are the 200 free and 500 free. When she is not in the pool, she likes to shop and spend time with friends.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Reagan Heatherly
Reagan is a rising Senior at Station Camp High School. He is interested in going to UT Knoxville for Engineering or Computer Science. He has swam for Cages Bend for 11 summers as well as Excel Aquatics for 5 years. His favorite events are the 200 fly and 1000 free. When Reagan is not at the pool, he enjoys playing XBOX games with friends.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Ashlyn Barrett
Ashlyn is a rising sophomore at Station Camp High School. She developed a love for swimming when she joined the Cages Bend team at just 8 years old. She has been swimming competitively since then and has qualified for the Southeastern Championships every year since 2012. She enjoyed swimming as a freshman on her high school team this year, where she qualified for State in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. She currently swims for Excel Aquatics and also enjoys Crossfit and playing piano and guitar.