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Kendra Laughlin

Head Coach, 13-15 Coach

Kendra began swimming at 9 years old, when her best friend brought her to a Splash practice to "just try it." She immediately fell in love with the sport.

 

She competed for 10 years. During that time she attended 8 National Age Group Championships and 1 U.S. National Championship.

 

Kendra graduated in 2011 and began her coaching career with Splash shortly after.

 

Kendra's favorite part about coaching is watching the swimmers grow -- gaining strength and confidence -- throughout the season.

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Aria Zhou

Assistant 12 & Under Coach

Aria began swimming at the age of 6 with Rocky Mountain Splash. She swam for 9 years and loved every moment of it. In the last few years of her athletic career, she placed 1st in Team at the North Zone Championships (2018), 9th in Team at US Nationals (2018), 12th in Team at Junior Olympics (2018), and 11th in Figures at the North Zone Championships (2019).

 

Although she loved swimming, Aria chose to leave her competitive career in pursuit of a coaching career where she could pass on her passion for artistic swimming to younger athletes. She loves working with younger kids and creating a special bond with each and every one of them.

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Johanna Jaquith

Intermediate/Novice Coach

Johanna is one of the Intermediate/Novice Coaches.

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Camille Merrick

Intermediate/Novice Coach

Camille is one of the Intermediate/Novice Coaches.

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Emma Daddario

Flexibility Coach

As part of training for artistic swimming, it is imperative to exercise flexibility and strength. Splash is proud to include Coach Emma as part of the coaching staff. Coach Emma trains the girls on stretching technique and exercises to encourage flexibility safely.

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Erika Stewart

12 & Under Coach

Erika began artistic swimming at age 8 with the Synchro-Maids of Central Massachusetts. She swam with the Synchro-Maids for 10 years, competing at the local, regional, and national levels.

 

She attended Northeastern University, where she played on the women’s club water polo team for 5 years. She also coached and taught speed swimming as well as artistic swimming, and had the opportunity to train one-on-one with an artistic swim coach while studying abroad in Russia.

 

Erika graduated from Northeastern in 2018 with a degree in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Russian, and currently works at a nonprofit that provides literacy intervention for elementary school students.

 

She is so excited to be in Colorado, and especially to be with Splash, coaching the sport she loves!

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Miranda Bow

Assistant 12 & Under Coach

Coach Miranda started swimming when she was 9 years old. She found the sport through Girl Scouts when a mom from another troop was sequining a swim suit. She went to a try it one day and was hooked. Her younger twin sister joined her and a month later they competed at their first meet!

 

Miranda is a middle school teacher and has an amazing supportive husband and son. She previously swam at the University of Arizona and competed at high levels in the sport, taking second at the National Championship with her team.

 

She has coached for Splash since she was 14 years old; and, has coached for a total of 16 years. She is grateful for her amazing experience swimming for RMS and is glad she can pass on her love of the sport! 

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Marina Popovych

Ballet Coach

Marina began competitive rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 5. She was a candidate for Master of Sports of Ukraine (equals level 9 in USA gymnastics system). Marina graduated from the National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine in 2012 with a major in Rhythmic Gymnastics Coaching. She has worked as a rhythmic gymnastics coach in Ukraine, Japan, and USA for the past eight years and is a USA Gymnastics certified member and a judge. Alongside her gymnastics training, she studied classical ballet (Vaganova method) for four years under the highly regarded and recognized ballet teacher, Igor Taranushenko. She also studied contemporary and jazz from the top teachers in Ukraine. Certified in Progressive Ballet Technique. 

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Lori Eaton

Nutritionist & Mental Coach

Splash is proud to offer twice monthly sessions for their competitive teams with a professional nutritionist to assist swimmers with maintaining an athletic lifestyle. Group sessions focus on understanding which foods are best for an athletic lifestyle and which foods are more difficult to process. The goal is not to monitor the athletes' food intake, but to educate them on best practices for competitive swimmers.

 

Splash understands the importance of mental health as well as physical health. To assist our athletes in learning how to be in the right "mind space" for practice and for competition, our competitive athletes participate in group mental exercises twice monthly. During these sessions, swimmers discuss mental road blocks they're experiencing and strategize ways to overcome these obstacles.