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Coaches

Coach TomTom Popdan, Head Coach
Coach Tom has an extensive background in competitive swimming. He earned a swimming scholarship to Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and after completing his studies there he embarked upon a coaching career that has spanned more than twenty years. Tom has coached at Division I Temple University and the University of Virginia, as well as at an Olympic-level team in Mission Bay, Florida. He has coached  the Lahainaluna High School swim team since 1994, and Lahaina Swim Club since 1995. In addition, Tom has individually completed numerous marathon swims on the East Coast, and he successfully swam the English Channel in 1983.

Coach ByersKirsten Byers, Summer Coach
Coach Kirsten grew up competing in Washington State and her love of fast swimming and sunshine led her to swim collegiately at UCLA. As a Bruin, she competed at US Nationals and Olympic Trials, while earning a degree in Applied Mathematics. She then followed her passion for all things learning to Scottsdale, Arizona where she has spent the last two years as a teacher and swim coach at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. 2013 was Coach Kirsten’s first summer with Lahaina Swim Club, which immediately became a second family. Here she finds great joy in working with athletes of all ages to achieve goals they at first may feel to be just beyond their reach.

Jen Wiseman, Coach

Ericka Gaastra,Coach

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