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Meet
Our Team

Get to know our team here at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch!

Michael Mann, SwimLabs Co-founder and Owner

Michael Mann is the co-founder of SwimLabs. He is a Colorado native who started swimming at the age of six, then he went on to play Water Polo and swim at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his business degree at the Robert Anderson School of Business. Mike continues to participate in Masters Swimming and Water Polo, and has earned All American status in both sports. Mike has participated in numerous open water swims, Maui to Lanai open water relay, Trans Tahoe replay race, 5K Big Shoulders Chicago, 13K Galway Bay Swim Ireland, 2.4 Rueter-Hess race. Mike currently owns 11 world records in Master swimming and was twice awarded World Master Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Mike still coaches masters swimming, and insists his success is attributable to his lovely wife of 30+ years Ann and his three beautiful daughters.

Jenny Hanley, SwimLabs Highlands Ranch Operations and Marketing Director

Jenny first started with SwimLabs, her dad Mike Mann's business, in April 2012 as part of the client services team. She then moved to CA to open an manage the SwimLabs Orange County from July 2013 - March 2014. Upon her return home, she re-joined the SwimLabs Highlands Ranch team as the marketing director and began helping to franchise the business.

When SwimLabs was acquired in February 2017 by Streamline Brands, Jenny joined the Streamline marketing team to help launch and train locations, manage the marketing content and social media, market the franchise business, and more! 

Jenny lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Ryan, and daughters, Collins and Tatum.

OUR STAFF

I joined the SwimLabs front desk team in 2016, after bringing my sons here for Competitive Video Analysis lessons.  Prior to being a mom, I was a kindergarten teacher.  My favorite part of coming to work every day is the interaction with the littles who are learning to swim, the competitive swimmers who are trying to make zones cuts and improve their times, and the adults who are furthering a life skill!  

Janey Dufauchard Client Services

Laura Dravenstott has been working at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch for six years as a LTS, competitive and triathlete instructor. Laura has been a competitive swimmer for 36 years, beginning as an age group club swimmer, competing for Harvard University as a D1 sprinter, and then enjoying competition as a Masters athlete. In 2019, Laura was part of a National Championship-winning relay for the state of Colorado and was a Relay All-American. Laura and her husband Rob have three children: Aden, who swims for the Club team at CU Boulder; William, who swims for Cherry Creek HS and Aquawolves; and Daniel, who plays baseball and runs cross-country and track. Laura also trains new instructors at SwimLabs and helps with the on-going coaching that keeps all instructors performing at the high level our customers expect, informed by the latest information on swimming technique and teaching methodology.

Laura Dravenstott Instructor

A Colorado native, Karin is a former assistant coach from the University of Louisville. Alongside coach Arthur Albiero from 2003-2012, coached two NCAA Division 1 Champions, 45 All American’s, and 8 Olympians. Prior to Louisville, Karin coached National Championship men’s and women’s swimming teams at Kenyon College 2001-2003. In 2019 she was a volunteer assistant to CCHS girls team, her alma mater. Karin had the amazing opportunity to be on the USA Swimming National Open Water Team Staff at the 2012 and 2015 Pan American Games, as well as the 2013 World Championships. She also finished the 2016 70.3 Ironman Chattanooga.

In her free time, Karin mixes up her day with swimming, spinning, hot yoga and being a super auntie! She loves teaching swimming and gets so excited watching kids accomplish amazing feats!

Karin Olmsted Instructor

Darcy is a former K-8 classroom teacher of almost 20 years. She taught in California and the International School of Bremen in Germany. She is an active volunteer in Cherry Creek Schools and serves as a girls swim coach at Cherry Creek High School. Darcy is also active in the Mountain Hi Swim League and holds multiple leadership positions with her local summer league team. Darcy has been a swimmer for as long as she can remember. She swam for Clovis Swim Club in Clovis, California during her high school and college years. She currently swims masters at Club Greenwood where she enjoys swimming outdoors year-round. She loves new adventures and challenges - especially when they involve swimming. While she prefers the pool, she has participated in several open water swims, the most exciting among them being the Trans Tahoe Relay. Darcy is the mother of two active teenage girls who also enjoy swimming among other sports and activities. She has experience working with children of all ages and is passionate about sharing the joy of swimming with people of all ages in the community and takes water safety and proper swim technique very seriously.

Darcy Kinnersly Instructor

Jenny has been swimming since she was tiny and has always loved being a part of a swim team. Growing up in Colorado, she swam for Highlands Ranch Aquatics, Tops and Highlands Ranch High School. She started coaching for the Wildcat Ridge Tigersharks in 2000 and is currently on their board of directors. She is also currently an assistant coach for the Rock Canyon High School girl's swim team. She went to school at the University of Northern Colorado and taught early elementary education before shifting gears to the home front where she takes care of 3 amazing kiddos. As a coach she will always draw from her passion for teaching and working with kids!

Jenny Leddick Instructor

I'm a Colorado native. Went to Stanley Lake HS and graduated from CSU with a degree in equine science. I'm a professional horse trainer and riding instructor and I've worked in the horse industry for 25 years. I didn't learn how to swim until 2010 when I decided to train for my first triathlon in an attempt to overcome my fear of the open water. It took me 6 months to be able to swim a continuous 100 meters! Since then I've completed 6 half-iron distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) triathlons, 2 marathons, a 5 day bike tour through WY and ID totaling over 500 miles and countless sprint and olympic triathlons and half marathons. In 2019, I earned my personal trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise in 2019. I began coaching for Altitude Multisport in 2020 and joined SwimLabs as an instructor in January of the same year. As a triathlete, freestyle is my stroke of choice and in 2021 I hope to complete my first full iron distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) in Chattanooga TN.

Sarah Shepherd Instructor

Swimming has been a big part of my life – I grew up in the Littleton area swimming at both the summer club level as well as competitively. I started swimming competitively around the age of 12 and swam for Foothills Swim Team excelling in both butterfly and breaststroke events. I lifeguarded and taught swim lessons throughout high school and college. I swam two years at a D1 college (Tulane University) before quitting in order to focus on my academics. I hung up my suit for several years while I started a family. My three children all swam competitively for many years and now that they are grown and in college, I miss being around the pool all of the time. This is why I choose to work at SwimLabs! I also currently work as a statistician at Denver Health full time.

Kristin Breslin Instructor

Laurie grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Some of her greatest childhood memories were swimming related- swim meets, snorkeling, and scuba diving around the world Since she was 4, she swam for Dayton Country Club until her teenage years where she swam for her high school team. Two of Laurie's greatest passions are water and children. Starting at 18, Laurie was fortunate enough to combine both passions by teaching swimming to kids. She is married now and has 3 children. She loves teaching people water safety in addition to teaching how swimming can become a lifelong activity! Laurie's goal is to encourage everyone to enjoy the water as much as she has. If people are confident, safe swimmers, it opens up a whole world of opportunities to explore!

Laurie Juergens Instructor

Mary has been an athlete her entire life. She played softball, basketball and volleyball growing up and then played competitive tennis through high school. In college, she discovered running and shortly thereafter became involved in endurance sports through marathon running and eventually triathlon. Mary has been a marathon and triathlon coach since 2000. She is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Ironman certified coach and a Slowtwitch Master Coach and has experience coaching triathlon masters swim programs as well. She loves coaching beginner to intermediate level triathletes for swimming. Her focus is on helping triathletes feel more comfortable in the water, becoming more efficient, and getting more power from their freestyle stroke. Mary has coached hundreds of triathletes to complete races of all distances. She has personally completed 5 Ironman triathlons and 16 half Ironman distance races and the Ultra 520K Canada.

Mary Carey Instructor

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Jordan Keyes Instructor

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Gavin Gilmore Instructor

Alex has been coaching swimming since 2009 where he started with his summer league team. In 2013, he started coaching club swimming for the YMCA of Columbia Swim Club, where he worked with all group levels from beginner swimmers to National-level competitors. He also helped start a local Masters program for the YMCA, the Soda City Swarm. During his time in Columbia, he taught group and private lessons to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Alex started his swimming career for the Jersey Storm Swim Club at 11 years old and continued his journey with Ridge View High School and Clemson's club team. He continued to swim with his fellow Masters Team and has competed in several southeastern meets.

Alex is a swim nerd in and out of the pool, enjoying learning, talking, and applying new techniques in the sport. He believes in teaching the core foundations of each stroke but is most intrigued by figuring out what works best for each swimmer! Outside of swimming, Alex likes anything related to fitness and other sports. He played lacrosse throughout middle school & high school and has participated in a variety of obstacle-course races for the past 8 years. He is extremely excited to be a part of the SwimLabs Team and is ready to help you develop a passion for the sport!

Alex Barin Instructor

Faith is a Colorado native who first learned to swim on her neighborhood summer league team. She loved the team environment and challenge of swimming. Then in 8th grade, she decided to join a club team and swim year round. Club swimming made her realize her passion for swimming and the friendships she made there inspired her to try out for her high school swim team at Arapahoe High School, which she participated on for all four years. After graduating from Arapahoe she plans to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver in the fall of 2017 for Elementary Education. She has a passion for working with children and has experience as a lifeguard and preschool teacher assistant. She enjoys going to the mountains and swimming whenever possible. She can’t wait to join the SwimLabs team!

Faith Hindman Instructor

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Kim McCabe Instructor
Kyra is a 2020 graduate of Cherry Creek High School. She just finished her freshman year of college at Montana State University majoring in Biochemistry. Kyra has always been very active, she has been a swimmer for as long as she can remember. In her earlier years she developed a love for swimming and dedicated many years to competitive club swimming. In high school she participated in many sports such as Swimming, Water Polo, Poms, Tennis and Lacrosse. She was also a member of Deca and German Honors Society. Teaching Swimming has always been a passion of Kyra’s. She has been coaching for her neighborhood swim team since her freshman year of high school. This past summer she worked as head coach and also had her last ever swim season before aging out. Kyra loves getting to share her passion for swimming with kids and not only getting to help them improve but have fun doing it along the way. Over the years she has built many relationships throughout coaching and teaching swim lessons and it is something she hopes to continue doing well into the future. 
Kyra Instructor

Jeff grew up in California and moved to Highlands Ranch 8 years ago. He ran two aquatics programs where he enjoyed teaching swimming lessons as well as Lifeguard training.

When he is not in the water he plans amazing trips for his travel business.  Jeff enjoys traveling, running, cycling, skiing, Karate, photography, and playing the piano. He is looking forward to returning to the water and teaching little ones the joy of swimming! Jeff and his wife Caitlin (whom he met while teaching swimming lessons many years ago) have two boys, Ryland and Bryce.

Jeff L Instructor

I am a junior at Cherry Creek High School, and I am involved in the swim team, NHS, as well as a medical careers program. I have been swimming since I was very young, but my swimming career began on my neighborhood summer swim team called the Foxridge Foxes. I have had the joy and the honor of coaching at Foxridge this past summer, and I have discovered a love for teaching kids how to swim. I swim on a competitive swim team called Aquawolves, which has grown my love for the sport even more! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, and playing with my cat! I have two older brothers, who have encouraged and motivated me in every aspect of my life. Family is a very important to me, so being a part of the family at SwimLabs makes me so excited!

Alana Instructor

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada her growing years were always active ones. Skiing, horseback riding, swimming, volleyball, camping … and when not participating she was teaching or coaching them. An Elite volleyball player in High School and College. Early adulthood training and showing horses filled the years. Next marriage and motherhood made her cup runneth over…5 kiddos!! And all the parenting, volunteering, coaching and patience that entails. Through it all (last 20 years) swimming has been her happy place. Teaching groups and privates from 6 months to 60 years, she has taught them all. Her specialty though might be the little ones, so rewarding to see them smile with success and gain confidence. If you need references, you could ask any of her 6 pool confident grandchildren! Brenda is very excited to be part of the SwimLabs Family!

Brenda Instructor

Julia is a senior at Arapahoe High School. She is planning on studying either criminology or chemistry (or both) at the University of Denver. Julia used to participate in the summer league in her neighborhood and continues to teach at SwimLabs.

Outside of teaching swimming, she enjoys outdoor activities in all forms including: skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, and mostly rock climbing. She actually teaches climbing at Lifetime as well! Julia's passion for teaching children (and adults for that matter) of all ages life skills rivals no other. She is excited to be part of the SwimLabs team and help her swimmers achieve their swimming goals!

Julia Instructor

Hi I’m Willa, I’m 19 years old. I graduated from Cherry Creek High School earlier this year where I swam on the swim team all four years, and I also was involved in DECA along with running Eco Action Club. Throughout high school, I had the privilege to coach for my summer swim team, the Preserve Piranhas! Coaching summer team helped me realize how much I love coaching kids since swimming has been a part of my life forever. I’ve been swimming competitively since I was about 5 years old, and my favorite strokes are tied for breaststroke and butterfly! I also grew up in Auckland, New Zealand where I gained a passion for doing open water swims, on top of regular swimming. I hope to help more kids find their passion in swimming just like I did!

Willa Instructor
I am originally from St. Petersburg, Russia but grew up in Denver, CO. I grew up swimming in Russia and after moving, I joined the TOPS swim program and continued to swim through high school. Ever since I’ve coached for several teams in the area and have taught swim lessons for the last 5 years. Swimming is meant to bring joy and happiness and that is my goal in every lesson! Outside of the pool, I have a wife and a daughter named Grace.
Aleks I Instructor
Sidney is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. She loves singing and is very passionate about social justice. She started swimming summer league when she was six years old, and she started swimming competitively when she was twelve years old. She is currently on the Aquawolves Swim Team and hopes to further her swimming career in college!
Sidney M Instructor
Kinsey is a 2021 graduate of Cherry Creel High. She is currently attending Metropolitan State University Denver majoring in Marketing and minoring in French. Kinsey has been involved in sports of all kinds since she was only a few months old. She started swim lessons at 18 months. Kinsey did gymnastics for 7 years starting at the age of 4 and a handful of other sports in her younger years. She officially started competitive swimming at the age of 11 and quickly grew a love for the sport. Her passion for swimming boosted her motivation and dream to swim in college. Kinsey was on the Junior Varsity swim team her freshman year and Varsity swim team her sophomore and Junior year. Unfortunately, at the end of her junior year season, her doctor informed her that she would need hip surgery and wouldn’t be able to swim for a year. This news didn’t stop her from still being involved in the sport. She began to teach lessons at her local pool and coach her sister’s synchronized swim team on stroke technique. Kinsey still hopes to swim more in her future and is interested in joining the Masters team. Kinsey has made many connections through swimming that have led to jobs and opportunities and she wishes to continue being involved in the sport even through the challenges that may come up along her journey.
Kinsey V Instructor
Maddie is currently a senior at Rock Canyon High School and a Colorado native who started swimming at age six. She has been a swimmer of all levels from summer league to a state and regional club swimmer. She has been a varsity Rock Canyon swimmer all four years of her high school career and loves teaching levels from beginner to advanced swimmers. She has also been coaching for the Wildcat Ridge Tigersharks for the past three years, and enjoys giving lessons on the side. She is very excited and proud to be a part of the SwimLabs family.
Maddie A Instructor

Hi, my name is Nia Mantle and I am currently a senior at Arapahoe High School. I started swimming with my neighborhood swim team, the Sea Lions, when I was about 4 years old and I now get to spend my summers coaching for them. I swam for the Denver Tritons Swim Team for three years before starting my high school swim career at Arapahoe. Swimming has been a huge part of my life and I will always be excited to pass on my love and knowledge of swimming to other people. My hope for all kids is that they get to experience the joys of swimming as well as the experiences that come from being part of a team, SwimLabs, or otherwise. I love being able to see all of my kids grow into both amazing people and swimmers. When I am not swimming or coaching I love to spend my time camping, playing soccer, or river rafting!

Nia M Instructor

Brooke is a Colorado native who grew up swimming for the Heritage Village Sea Lions, the Greenwood Tiger Sharks and then for Littleton High School. After High School, she attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she studied Human Communication and Psychology. Brooke has been with SwimLabs since day 1, in January of 2007, side-by-side with owner and father, Mike Mann. She helped grow SwimLabs’ single-unit business into an international swim school that is now a part of the Streamline Brands family with 200+ locations. She now helps SwimLabs part-time, as the majority of her time is spent at home with her 5-year-old son and twin 3-year-old daughters.

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SwimLabs Swim School

Highlands Ranch

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5640 County Line PL B100, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126   info@swimlabs.com

Class Hours

  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM MT
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Tuesday
    9:30 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Wednesday
    6:00 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Thursday
    CLOSED
  • Friday
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM MT
  • Saturday
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM MT
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