2020 Las Trampas Swim Team Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the directors.

Swim Team Directors

Robin Mathers and Marisa Canoles

[email protected]

 

Head Coach

Andrew Preston, Head Coach

I am very pleased and thankful to return to LT for a seventh year as Head Coach. It is also with great joy that I share we have been selected by the 2020 Species Selection Committee as the newest species of Seahorse: Hippocampus Las Trampas. Criteria used for consideration included our ability to move up the league top time rankings, the speed we use to race our opponents, the racing skills (starts, breakouts, turns and finishes) we have mastered, and our capability to finish a race ahead of the clock (a popped time).

I have coached competitive swimming for twenty years (recreation, USS, high school, and masters), and am confident that the goals I've established for the upcoming season will be achieved. These include, but are not limited to, the establishment of an environment in which everyone views themselves (and each other) as successful; enjoys being part of practice--and misses practice when not present; and experiences notable improvements in all areas of competitive swimming (stroke mechanics, racing skills, fitness level, time standards, and overall rank).
I have worked with children/young adults as a basketball coach & camp counselor (St. Stephens Parish), special education teacher (mild/moderate learning disabilities K-5 & severely/emotionally disturbed 6-12), adult education teacher (GED, High School Diploma, Conversational English & Algebra), ESL instructor (Republic of Yemen), and as an instructor for the American Red Cross (CPR & First Aid).
As a competitive swimmer, I swam ten years with the Walnut Creek Aquabears where I was a Junior National qualifier. I also was a NCS finalist (top 16) for one year and finalist (top 8) for two years (YVHS), a state semi-finalist for two years (DVC), and a NCAA Division 2 qualifier (CSU-Chico).

 

Head Mudskipper Coach

Katrina Rynne

My name is Katrina Rynne and I have been swimming at Las Trampas since I was four years old.  It doesn't feel like I have been a part of Las Trampas for over 17 years, but time flies when you're having fun!  I attended Acalanes High School and have just completed my third year at Chico State working towards my Resort & Event Management degree.  
I began helping out the LT coaches as an ‘in-the-water-helper’ when I was in middle school and absolutely loved it.  Not only because of the youngsters but for the opportunity to hang out with the ‘big kids’.  Now I am officially one of those ‘big kids’ although it doesn't always feel like it!  As the Head Mudskipper coach, I can confidently say it is the coolest job at the pool because nearly every swimmer passes through the program and I always hope my name will be remembered in their future when they start to bring in the gold medals.  As a fun bonus, I get to work with an awesome group of middle and high schoolers who keep me up to date on the hottest gossip.  Having the opportunity to hang out with my LT family all summer long is something I look forward to throughout the school year and I hope future seahorses grow up in the same amazing environment I did!
 

Assistant Coaches

Carly Coffee

Hi, my name is Carly Coffee and I am 17 years old.  I have been swimming at LT since I was 3, and I am planning on swimming all the way through high school.  My favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle.  I go to Acalanes High School where I swim and play volleyball.  When I’m not at the pool, I like to hang out with my friends, go to the beach and eat Chipotle.

I have been a part of the LT family for my whole life, and I absolutely love it.  Everyone is so close and friendly.  I had an amazing time growing up here, and I hope I can help the younger swimmers have an even better experience than I did.  Everyone should feel welcome and included at Las Trampas.  My hope for the summer is that every swimmer has fun and and loves it so much that they want to come back next year!
 

Colin Porciuncula

I started swimming competitively for the first time when I was 14 at Las Trampas, which is really late compared to most who started swimming around the age of six. Over the next three years, I quickly caught up to my fellow swimmers and I am now currently one of the top butterfly swimmers on the team. I also swam for Acalanes Highschool on JV and just made Varsity this season. This Is my second season coaching for Las Trampas and my goal is to teach the techniques I have learned from my swimming experience to help everyone on the team improve their swimming. 
Aside from swimming, I love to spend my time doing volunteer work through the Boy Scouts of America, I also recently completed my Eagle Scout rank and hope to use the leadership skills I have learned to be an amazing coach.
 
 

Drew Shellen

I am so happy to once again come back to my summer family, Las Trampas, as an assistant coach! Las Trampas has been my home for more than half of my life, it’s wild to even imagine! I am now entering my 11th season as a Las Trampas swimmer, and my third year as an on-deck coach! Las Trampas has been such a huge part of my life, influencing how I view the world, making friends and creating bonds that will last me a lifetime! I cannot wait to be coaching our swimmers this summer and leading as a role model for all. I will also be attending the University of Oregon this fall, Go Ducks!

 

Katie Strohmeyer

When you hear summer home, many people think of Tahoe. I, and most other Seahorses, think of Las Trampas. LT has been my home since I was a mudskipper, when all I thought about was how when I was older, I wanted to be coach just like the ones I had. This year I’m so proud to finally achieve this dream in full! I’ve worked at the pool since I was 12, first as an in-the-water helper, as a mudskipper coach for 2 years, as a junior assistant coach, and now as an assistant coach. There, I got to dip my toes into coaching, focusing on small group and individual swimming development with the adorable 6 & unders. This year I’m so excited to work with more age-groups and help them find personal success and a warm and welcoming atmosphere where kids are excited to come to practice. And, of course, get that pop-time towel! I’m also stoked to be on the spirit/social team this year, with my personal focus to make connections with each of my seahorse teammates and make sure everyone has their best summer yet.

 
I am a rising senior at Campolindo High School, and a proud member of the Cross Country and Track & Field team, where I’ve earned Most Inspirational and Most Improved. I am super proud of these because they represent my personal values regarding sports. I have never been a county swimmer, but at Las Trampas I’ve been just as coached, supported and cheered on as anyone else. This quality is what makes our team so great. 
 
Beyond sports, I’m a Girl Scout Senior as well as Event Coordinator for my Youth & Government delegation. I am also involved in Campo’s Orchestra where I play viola.
 
I can’t wait for this summer! After all, on the land or in the pool Las Trampas is really cool.

 

Nelson Rogers

It is my honor to be returning to the Las Trampas coaching staff for this season! I’ve swum with the Seahorses since I was 7 years old. Though that’s quite late compared to many of the other coaches I have had the pleasure of working with, I’ve found that through hard work and perseverance there is a place for everyone on this amazing team, and hope to help every swimmer reach their personal best (I dare to say I can now swim a 100 at age 17 faster than I could swim a 25 at age 8). I have worked at Las Trampas since I was 12 years old briefly as a preseason in-the-water helper and for the last several years an on-deck coach with Las Trampas’ finest. I throughly enjoy helping out both new and experienced swimmers learn how to improve and reach their goals. In addition to my near decade at LT, I also have swum on the varsity team at Acalanes High School for two years and have received numerous awards including MVP, and scholar athlete.

Next year, I’ll be attending Princeton University—Go Tigers! Outside of swim team, I participate in a myriad of other activities. My first novel will be published by May 2020, and ask nearly anyone who knows me what I enjoy doing and they’ll likely say- “Oh, ya… he curls”.  And it’s true! For three years, my team and I have been the top junior team in the western United States and have been honored with a spot in four U18 Curling National Championships.  We also participate in many recreational and semi-competitive competitions both regionally and throughout the US. I am also an Eagle Scout as of early 2018. For my project, a group of scouts, myself included, toured retirement communities performing jazz. Beyond these activities I am an avid pianist, and perform in state and national competitions. In the future, I hope to study a combination of music, creative writing, and economics in college.

After an arduous and edifying final year of high school, I am incredibly excited for the 2020 summer season and cannot wait to meet you. Go Seahorses!

 

Kiki Henderson

 

Luke Vandenberghe