Ballet legs, barracuda, dolphin, kip, back tuck, shrimp, front walk over, dry land, nose plug… these are just some of the terms you’re likely to hear at synchro practice every day.
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2018 Synchro Coaches
Head Coach: Katie Douglas
Katie Douglas is excited to be returning for another summer at VV in the role of Head Synchro Coach. She grew up in Canada and fell in love with the mermaiden world of synchronized swimming when she was nine years old. Katie swam competitively for seven years, maintaining a top ten ranking provincially and qualifying for the Canadian Nationals. She went on to coach for two year-round competitive clubs in Canada, working with swimmers aged 3 to 50. After a hop, skip, and a jump she currently resides in Denver and enjoys gardening, traveling and sewing in her spare time.
Assistant Head Coach: Lauren McDonald
Lauren McDonald joined the VV synchro team in 2005. She is thrilled to be back for her fourth year of coaching, taking on more responsibility this year the Assistant Head Coach. Lauren is a graduate of Littleton HS and is currently studying psychology and human development & family relations at the University of Colorado – Denver.
Assistant Coaches: Mary Kate Elson, Mara Pasquarella, Lila Sailey, Maddie Shepardson, Caroline Elson
Mary Kate Elson started synchronized swimming with VV when she was 5 and received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club. She will be back for her third year of coaching in 2018. She also enjoys other sports including field hockey and track and field. Mary Kate attends Colorado State University, Go Rams!
Caroline Elson started synchronized swimming with VV when she was 5 and received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club. She will be back for her second year of coaching in 2018 and can always be counted on to keep everyone laughing and having a blast!
Maddie Shepardson also received a 2017 Lifetime Synchronized Swimming Award from the club and is thrilled to be returning to VV to coach for her second season. She attends University in Colorado and is working towards obtaining her CNA this summer.
Mara Pasquarella swam with the Rocky Mountain Splash for 6 years. Mara has been lending a helping hand with the VV synchro team since 2015, and she is thrilled to be joining the staff again this summer. Mara just finished up her first year the University of Alabama, congrats Mara!
Lila Sailey also joins us from Rocky Mountain Splash where she has been doing synchro for 9 years. This will be her third summer coaching at VV. Lila is a student at Arapahoe High School and loves to be in the mountains skiing and hiking in her free time.
Novice Coaches: Olivia Buckmelter, Sophia Prendergast, Emily Shepardson, Maisie Bowdouris
A large part of what makes this VV Synchro Team so successful and fun is the comradery between all the swimmers. Novice swimmers look up to the older ones for inspiration and guidance; and more experienced synchro swimmers love to give back and share their hard earned talents. Our Novice Coaches are older swimmers on the Synchro Team who continuously show a desire to give back to the team and engage with younger swimmers. They develop leadership skills while lending support in day to day coaching and routine choreography to the core coaching staff.