HEAD COACH:   Dow Stewart

Dow StewartDow has nearly nearly 20 years of experience coaching at the recreational and high school levels, most recently leading the Monte Vista High School Women’s team to a NCS and State title. He is a native of Walnut Creek, growing up swimming on the Indian Valley Swim Team and going on to swim at Las Lomas High School and Diablo Valley College. Dow currently is a math teacher at Monte Vista High School and has spent the past several summers coaching recreational swimming in Danville. "I am thrilled to be coming back to my roots within the Walnut Creek Swim Conference, and I hope to balance fun with hard work and quality stroke instruction."



What’s up Rats! My name is Cameron and this will be my fourth summer as a coach for Rudgear Estates. I started swimming competitively for the Walnut Creek Aquabears at the age of 5, moved over to the Rats when I was 13 and haven’t looked back since. I graduated from Las Lomas High School in 2017 where I swam for all 4 years, specializing in freestyle and breaststroke. I’m now in my second year at the University of Colorado Boulder where I’m studying economics and business. I’m stoked to be returning for another season to Rudgear and I can’t wait to see what this year brings to our team. Go Rats!


Maddie WardMaddie has been swimming since before she can remember and was a part of the Rudgear Rats growing up. She has a wealth of knowledge from swimming Rec year round, playing water polo and now swimming at a Division 1 college. Maddie swam for the Walnut Creek Aquabears for 4 years as well as attending and swimming for Las Lomas High School. She now attends and swims for Colorado State University. She has experience working privately with swimmers as well as having been coached by a variety of people giving her different outlooks. Maddie specializes in Breaststroke and IM, so she is comfortable with all strokes and techniques. “Swimming for the rats growing up is some of fondest memories and where I made my closest friends. I am excited to share my love and enthusiasm for swimming with this team.”

Cate GranskogJUNIOR COACH: Cate Granskog

Cate Granskog has been swimming on the Rats since she was 9 years old, and has swam on the Las Lomas team. She is back for her fourth year coaching for the Rats. Her favorite stroke to swim and teach is breaststroke. Her favorite thing about being a Rat is the strong sense of community and huge spirit of the team! Fun fact: she has an injured shoulder, but that didn’t stop her from getting county in breast two years ago!

JUNIOR COACH: Chantel Klawitter

Chantel is a senior in Las Lomas High School and has been swimming on the Rudgear Estates Swim Team since she was 7 years old. Besides swimming for the rats, she plays water polo for the Las Lomas and throws discus for the Las Lomas tack team. She took the role as a Junior Coach in the summer of 2018 and is ecstatic to be returning as a Junior Coach once again. "I am so excited for the upcoming swimming season and hope to help improve rat swimmer's technique while maintaining a safe and fun environment." 


Hi! I’m Jake Freels, and I will be coaching during the spring clinics and practices. I joined Rats in 2008 and swam as a Rat for 10 seasons. I also swam for 4 years with the Las Lomas Knights. My favorite stroke is freestyle, but I learned to have a healthy respect for IM and backstroke. Swimming it in my final conference was one of the highlights of my last year on Rats. A fun fact about me is that it took me a long time to learn how to dive. So I like to watch out for swimmers who need a little extra time to learn how to do something. I am really looking forward to being back on the deck. Go Rats!