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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.

Brooke Burdic, General Manager

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.

Janey Dufauchard, Operations Manager

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!  

OUR STAFF

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 Client Services & 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

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

Amelia is junior at Cherry Creek High School. She has been swimming her whole life. She started on her neighborhood swim team, Holly Park Sharks, and has been swimming competitively for 8 years. Her favorite stroke is butterfly. Besides swimming, she is also active in theater and choir at Cherry Creek. Amelia loves helping kids develop their swimming skills and making them feel confident along the way. 

Amelia DeCaporale 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 Deines Instructor

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

Grace is a junior at Mullen high school and has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She first learned how to swim when she was 2 here at SwimLabs! Grace moved on to swim for the Holly Park Sharks after her time at SwimLabs and is now back to spread the joy of swimming to the kids around her.

Grace Hoyt 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

Jordan graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 2019 and has been swimming for as long as he can remember. He took lessons here at SwimLabs in his youth and has grown to love the sport. He was a varsity swimmer at Cherry Creek where his team went on to win the state championship his senior year. When he was 15, he started teaching lessons for his summer club swim team and loved every minute of it. He loves how he can share his ability to swim with kids and teach them to grow and become stronger and faster swimmers. He can't wait to continue growing as a swim instructor and continue to help kids feel safer in the water!

Jordan Keyes 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 Kinnersley 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

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

Riley is a junior at Cherry Creek High School. She is involved with FCCLA, Creek swim, and Red Cross Club. She has been swimming since she was 6 years old. Her swimming career started on her neighborhood swim team, Homestead Hurricanes. Riley has been swimming competitively on Aces Swim Club since she was 8 years old. She has two younger brothers that are swimmers as well. During the summer she is an assistant coach for the Hurricanes. She loves spending time with kids and is super excited to help them learn to swim and become better swimmers!

Riley Snow Instructor

 Liam is a sophomore at Arapahoe High School. He has lived in Colorado all his life and began swimming on swim team when he was a kid. Now he wants to help kids work on life skills such as swimming as well as make it fun for the kids!

Liam Natale Instructor

Leah is a sophomore at Arapahoe high school and has been swimming her whole life! She now plays softball for Arapahoe. She is working at SwimLabs to spread the joy of the water and to have fun teaching kids how to swim!

Leah Schlissberg Instructor

Claire has been swimming for over 8 years and loves it even more as the years go on. She started swimming on her neighborhood swim team and is now a coach in training on that same swim team and loves it! She also swims for the Cherry Creek girls swim and dive team and has loved being involved in that for the past two years. Other than swimming, Claire is involved in life guarding and national charity league both of which she enjoys participating in. She loves to watch as kids improve in their swimming through hard work, technique and practice.

Claire Gagne Instructor

Charlotte is a freshman at Littleton High School. She has been swimming since she was four and has loved it ever since. She learned how to swim at SwimLabs and started off swimming with her neighborhood summer swim team, which she now coaches. She swam for the Greenwood Tiger Sharks, Slipstream, and is a varsity swimmer for Littleton High School. Besides swimming, Charlotte is apart of DECA, and loves to paint and draw. Charlotte is excited to share her love for swimming and help swimmers improve!

Charlotte Mantel Instructor
Kayla Kinnersley Instructor
Kait started to work at SwimLabs after her 6 year old son had been taking swimming lessons here for about a year. She loved the atmosphere and the friendliness of all of the staff and swim instructors. Her family always felt welcome at SwimLabs, and she was especially fond of all that SwimLabs does to help children with disabilities learn to swim! In her spare time, Kait spends time with her husband, son, and dog - exploring Colorado, traveling, and snowboarding/skiing together!
Kait Batemen Instructor
Frances Earley Instructor
Marley is a Senior at Rock Canyon High School. She is involved with Rock Canyon Swim and Dive. She has been swimming since she was 5 years old. Marley has been swimming competitively since she was 7 years old.
 
Marley Johnston Instructor

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Kirk Grand Instructor

Liesel is a junior at Mountain Vista Highschool. She has always been around the water and loves teaching swimming even more than swimming itself. She is working at swim labs because she loves teaching kids and is always looking for more ways to interact with her community.

Liesel Grube Instructor
Robin got her two daughters in the pool as infants because of her own love for the water and her desire for them to be safe during their beach travels and neighborhood pool time. Her daughters are now varsity swimmers at Cherry Creek High School and year-round club swimmers. In addition to her busy life as a mom, Robin also teaches preschool. She is drawn to roles which allow her to share her knowledge and create excitement for learning, whether it be in the classroom or the pool.
 
Robin Eraley Instructor
 Greg is a Denver native whose swimming experience is vast, including summer club, USA Swimming, high school, and NCAA D-1. Greg excelled in the sprints, becoming a three-time Colorado High School State Champion in the 50- and 100-yard Freestyles, achieving All-American status, and finishing top-8 at Junior Nationals. He swam at The Ohio State University his freshman year before transferring back home to complete his career at The University of Denver, where he was conference champion in the 100 Fly. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Greg worked in commercial real estate and medical sales for many years before accepting an assistant coach position at Arapahoe High School, where he has impacted both the boys and girls varsity sprint and stroke groups. Outside of swimming, he enjoys working out, reading, and learning piano.
 
Greg Dontchos Swim Instructor
While I don't focus on astrology, I am a Pisces, which may in part account for my love of the water and swimming. I grew up swimming competitively in Tennessee. My passion around all things swimming was reignited through my own two children who started with summer club, with my daughter going on to swim competitively, including as a D1 athlete with the University of Hawaii. I've also dabbled in Masters Swimming over the years. I was recently reintroduced to SwimLabs when I brought my granddaughter for lessons. I'm thrilled to be poolside as part of the SwimLabs team.
 
 
Olivia Mayer Front Desk

Colin is a rising senior at Cherry Creek High School where he has been a 3-year Varsity letterman on the swim team and trains year-round with Denver Swim Academy. He has been an All-American the past two years and has also been a volunteer swim coach with Special Olympics for the past three years. Colin has worked with SwimLabs instructors since he started summer league swim at age 5 and is excited to share his love of the sport.

Colin M. Instructor

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Julia J. Instructor

A Colorado native, Hayley is a former assistant coach for the Arlington Aquatics Club located in Arlington, VA where she worked with swimmers just building their foundation to swimmers attending national level meets. As a lifelong swimmer, she competed for the DU Hilltoppers club team and for UNCo as a division one athlete. After graduating from UNCo, Hayley relocated to the DC area to attend graduate school at the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University. From which she graduated in June 2023 and is happy to be back at home in her local community. Hayley also took lessons at SwimLabs as a young swimmer and is thrilled to give back to the place that helped her build a strong foundation of swimming skills!

Hayley S. Instructor
I have always loved swimming and did it as much as possible when I was younger. I was a mediocre swimmer on my high school swim team. I loved being on the team and having an excuse to swim every day. I’ve tried to swim occasionally for exercise. I’m a preschool teacher during the school year. I’m married and have 3 kids-a college freshman son, senior in high school son and a 7th grade daughter.
Claire P. Instructor

SwimLabs Swim School

Highlands Ranch

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(303) 798-7946
5640 County Line PL B100, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126   info@swimlabs.com

Class Hours

  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM MT
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Wednesday
    6:00 AM - 7:30 PM MT
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM MT
  • Saturday
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM MT
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