We value and promote the skills needed to be successful in sports, academics, and life. Integrity, discipline, compassion, grit, respect, and leadership.




Swimming is a fun sport. We want swimmers to enjoy their time with Loveland Swim Club and to create life-long memories and friendships.




Our Coaches believe that the process of self-improvement in swimming provides the back-bone of the positive experience in this sport. We aim to help our swimmers become the best people and swimmers they can be.







Trent Richardson
Head Coach

Coaching Philosophy:

At Loveland Swim Club we believe in coaching the whole person. Our goal is to help swimmers on our team become people who are not just successful in what they do, but also leave a mark on the communities and organizations that they are involved in.

We believe in the three C's: Compassion, Commitment, and Character. These skills and ideas are powerful and can have life-long impacts on the people who practice them as well as the people they surround themselves with.

Our aim is also to help swimmers achieve their goals in the sport of swimming. Whether that means achieving a best time and qualifying for the State Championship or swimming at the U.S. Olympic Trials with the intent of making the U.S. National team we aim to provide each and every swimmer with the technical practice and training they need both in and out of the water to develop the swimmer into the athlete they need to become in order to achieve their goals.



Trent Richardson’s coaching career has spanned the last 15 years. Since 2013 Trent has been coaching for DART Swimming in Davis, California. At DART Trent was the lead coach for Senior 1, Senior HS and the sprint coach for Senior 2. During his tenure he has coached numerous Jr. National qualifiers, Futures Championship finals, Far Western Championships, Sierra Nevada LSC Championships, National top 20 age-group finishes and has had 9 swimmers in the last 4 years qualify for the Western Zone Select Camp. Zone Select Camp spots are given to the top 28, 12-13 year old girls, or 13-14 year old boys in the Western Zone. In 2017 Trent was selected by USA swimming to coach at the Western Zone Select Camp. During his time at DART, the team has maintained silver medal achievement level in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, ranking consistently in the top 20-30 clubs in the US. In 2016 DART earned a gold medal club achievement, ranking in the top 20 clubs in the US. Trent has been the Senior Chair for Sierra Nevada Swimming LSC since 2018. Swimmers that Trent has coached and worked with have gone on to qualify for U.S. Junior National teams (Luca Urlando) , U.S. National Teams (Luca Urlando and Chris Weiser).


Prior to 2013 Trent was head coach for the Diablo Country Club Sharks, a recreational summer team, and the head coach for Monte Vista High School. In 2012 and 2011 the Diablo Sharks achieved the most improved team award in the Valley Swim Association. Under Trent’s coaching from 2011-2013 the Monte Vista Swim team placed top 10 twice and top 5 once at the North Coast Section Championship. In 2012 the Monte Vista Men’s Varsity team finished their dual meet season with 7 wins and just 1 loss. During his tenure at Monte Vista Trent’s swimmers achieved 19 All-American qualifying times, this award is given to the top 100 swimmers/relays in the United States.


Born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Trent first started swimming with the Waialua Swim Club with coach Bob Attwood. His senior year of high school, Trent trained year-round for the first time with Iolani Swim Club under coach Brian Lee.  After high school Trent swam for Diablo Valley College for Rick Millington and later at U.C. Davis under Pete Motekaitis where he was Captain of the men’s team in 2009. At U.C. Davis Trent was a Big West Conference Champion and remains a conference and school record holder. After finishing his swimming career at Davis, Trent was a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the UC Davis Aggies when the Men's team went undefeated and won their first Big West Conference Championship in 2010.


Trent’s wife Carolyn is works in the Athletic Deptartment at CSU, he and Carolyn recently welcomed their first child Elizabeth to the world on June 27th 2019.

Lara Ruthven
Head Age Group Coach

Coach Lara Ruthven brings to Loveland Swim Team added knowledge and experience both as a coach and athlete. Lara earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from California State University, Chico. She received her Undergraduate degree from The University of Texas in Kinesiology where she was a member of the UT swim team.

Coach Lara moved to Colorado in 2017 with her family to coach for Fort Collins Area Swim Team. While at Fort Collins Area Swim Team she was the Lead Coach of the 11-13-year-old group and Program Coordinator for FAST. During those 2 years she coached athletes who were Colorado State Champions in multiple events, Colorado State Record holders and Speedo Sectional qualifiers.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Lara coached for Longhorn Aquatics. She was the Head Coach for the satellite program in Pflugerville, where she grew the team in numbers and developed the team to a higher level of ability. During that time Lara coached several state qualifiers and an individual state champion in two events. Athletes under Lara have broken individual Texas State Records and South Texas records. This past year she has been the Head Age Group Coach for Longhorn Aquatics at the campus site. She has continued to produce several top 16 state qualifiers and Sectional swimmers while also working closely with the Longhorn Aquatics National team.

Lara has been coaching and teaching swimming since she was 15 years old. She has coached all levels of swimmers from beginners to National level.  Lara’s coaching philosophy is based on a foundation of stroke technique and quality training. Through quality training and great technique each swimmer can develop their maximum strength and efficiency to achieve their goals

As a competitive swimmer, Lara was Conference Champion in 1992 & 1993 in the 400 IM. She was a NCAA All American and Olympic Trials qualifier in both the 400 IM and 200 backstroke in 1992.

By 1999 Lara had transitioned to be a competitive road cyclist. She was a two time World Championship Qualifier for the USA Cycling Team in 2000 and 2001. Lara was on the USA National Road Cycling Team from 2000 to 2003. Lara lived in Italy and competed at the Women’s Tour de France twice, the women’s Giro of Italy and numerous World Cup events from 2000 to 2003. Lara has been married to her husband Tom Ruthven for 27 years and has four children.



Grace Payton
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Assistant Age Group Coach


Grace swan for Loveland Swim Club from 2007 to 2021. Starting in Splash swimming all the way to the Senior group. She attended Colorado Mesa University for four years and graduated in spring of 2021. Grace has a bachelors in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration. She  wasMagna Cum Laude and value the balance of education and sport. Currently she is getting my masters in Sport Administration over in Greeley, at UNC, graduating in December of 2022.


Grace swam for all four years of my college career. Her events were IM, backstroke, and freestyle. She helped the team earn conference championships 3 out of my 4 years. Her senior year she was the the conference champion in the 400 IM and qualified for NCAA Nationals. She also qualified for NCAA Division II Nationals her sophomore year. Her primary events werethe 200 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, and 400 IM. She also earned Women’s Swimming and Diving Academic Athlete of the Year in 2021.


While at CMU Grace coached private lessons all four years, as well as swim lessons. She is passionate about working with children and loves seeing them become successful and achieve their goals after hard work and dedication! Grace believes well-rounded swimmers are always needed and appreciated at the higher levels; therefore, she strive to help our swimmers be experienced in all four strokes. “If the kids show up mentally and physically then we will have a great time while setting and achieving even better goals! Building great character as a person was always first when I was a swimmer and I hope to continue that as a coach.”



Loveland Swim Club was founded in 1966 by Mr. Dick Hewson. Though it began as a learn-to-swim program, Loveland garnered its first District Championship in 1967. Just one year after conception. Since 1966, the club has expanded it's goals to include establishing a nationally ranked competitive swim team. Loveland Swim Club has not only become recognized as one of Colorado's finest, but has also stepped up into the national level.




In 1995, Coach Hewson was inducted into the Colorado Swimming Hall of Fame.