Christel Simms, Coach
While pursuing her Master’s degree in Nursing, Christel Simms is the current Graduate Assistant coach for the University of Hawaii Men & Women’s Swim team. As a sprint specialist, she provides fresh-forward thinking perspectives for the benefit of the team and at the 2015 MPSF Conference Championships, she helped guide the UH Wahine to their first ever MPSF team title. Prior to coaching, Christel received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California where she was a six-time NCAA All-American and USC school record holder. She was appointed 2012-2013 Team Captain her senior year and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a minor in Occupational Sciences. With double citizenships between the U.S. and the Philippines, Christel is an Olympian who represented the Philippines in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2008 Manchester World Championships.
Kate Santilena, Coach
While pursuing her Master's degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Kate is currently working as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Hawaii's KRS Department teaching the University's swimming courses. Before this, she spent her first year of her Master's degree as a member of UH's swimming and diving team specializing in the backstroke and butterfly. At the end of the 2017-18 season, she competed for the Rainbow Wahine in the MPSF conference finishing in the top 8 finals for some of her events and was awarded the Soichi Sakomoto award at the team's end of the year banquet. Prior to becoming part of the University of Hawaii's ohana, she graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology.
Karl-Richard Hennebach, Coach
Karl actively competed for the UH Swimming and Diving Team from 2013 to 2018, where he has been a two-time MPSF conference champion in the 100-yard butterfly. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, as well as a post-baccalaureate degree in secondary education for PE. Furthermore, Karl is a member of the university’s aquatic research team. With an academic background in biomechanics, Karl is known to pay detailed attention to the stroke mechanics and always keeps an eye out to improve our master’s swimming technique. His favorite quote is: “Quality over Quantity”.
Dan Worden, Coach
Dan has been a part of the University of Hawaii Swimming program for nine years, coaching the Master's program for the past 6. Besides assisting coaching the Varsity team, his coaching experience extends to having worked with some of the local triathlon groups, open water clubs, and swim lesson programs. Dan also works in the Aquatics Research Lab at the University of Hawaii where he studies swimming biomechanics and uses videography to analyze swim technique underwater. During his own athletic career, Dan both swam and dove at the University of Hawaii, focusing on the 200 fly, mile, and 1m springboard. He also is an experienced open water competitor, with multiple top 10 overall finishes and age group champions at the Waikiki Rough Water swim including 3 where he was the top UH finisher and was a multi-year winner of the Duke Open Ocean Mile.
Dan Schemmel, Head UH Coach
2016-17 MPSF Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year
2016-17 MPSF Women’s Swimming & Diving Champions
Schemmel had immediate success in his first year at Hawai‘i, earning 2016-17 MPSF Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors and leading the Rainbow Wahine to their first conference championship in since 2015 by winning the 2017 MPSF Championship. Schemmel also coached the men to a third place finish at the 2017 MPSF Championships. Under his guidance, Hawai‘i swimmers broke a total of eight school records and recorded 41 top-10 times in program history in 2016-17. Three swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships, where Metin Aydin earned honorable mention All-America status with a 15th-place finish in the 200 IM. The UH men finished 39th at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In addition to their success in the pool, UH swimmers and divers also achieved high marks in the classroom, where 17 student-athletes were rewarded with MPSF all-academic honors.
More Info about Coach Dan click the link for his University of Hawaii Athletics bio.
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