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.
Assistant 13-15 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!
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 as well. She loves working with younger kids and creating a special bond with each and every one of them. As a current student at Cherry Creek High School, and with most of her life having been involved in the artistic swimming community, Aria has found a second family with Splash that holds a special place in her heart. Aria can’t wait to continue coaching and has loved all the memories and skills that have come with it!
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.
12 & Under Coach
Lea started swimming at Splash when she was 8 years old. She swam for 8 years before deciding to end her competition career and begin coaching Splash’s lesson program.
Throughout her time at Splash, Lea competed in several North Zone Championships, U.S National competitions, and Junior Olympic Championships consistently placing among the top in the country.
During the summer, Lea continues to coach the lesson program and is the head coach for SplashMasters (Splash's Masters team) who took home first at their latest competition in October.
During the competitive season, Lea coaches Splash’s Novice Team. She absolutely loves working with and coaching her girls, and couldn’t imagine a world where she didn’t!
Lea graduated from Eaglecrest High School in 2019, and is currently majoring in psychology to become a sports psychologist.
Assistant 12 & Under Coach
Ashley started swimming with Splash at age 9 and competed for 7 years. In 2017, at the apex of her career, she qualified for Phase 3 of the 13-15 National Team Trials and placed in the top 20 at Junior Olympics in the Figure competition. In that same year, she took 1st place in Figures, Duet and Team at the North Zones Championship and she took home the 13-15 High Point Athlete award. At Junior Olympics, her Team routine placed 7th and her Duet placed 9th in Finals. In 2018, her Junior Duet placed 4th at Junior Olympics. Ashley consistently performed at a high level qualifying for Junior Olympics in 6 out of her 7 competitive years. Ashley transitioned to coaching to share her passion and her technical skills. She loves seeing the excitement that younger swimmers have for the sport. In addition to coaching with Splash, Ashley also coaches for Crestmoor Community Association in the Rocky Mountain Summer Synchro League.
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.
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.