Sam started her athletic journey in the mid 1990s as a way to lose weight. She started running, the weight came off, the years went by, and her husband decided that they should try a triathlon. Always up for a challenge, she said sure! She had to learn to swim first! After some private lessons at Purdue, she completed her first triathlon in 2008. Since then, she’s competed in numerous events from 5k runs to 70.3 triathlons. She became a Level 1 Certified USAT (USA Triathlon) Coach in 2011. In June, 2014, she received her US Master’s Level II coaching certification. She loves helping age-group athletes achieve their goals. “I found that the water was one place where I could escape the hustle and bustle of work and life. It’s quiet in the water, peaceful. Even in a race, I feel the same way once I settle into my groove. I love the sport and I love encouraging people of all abilities. I love seeing people overcome challenges and meeting goals that they never thought possible. I have been with iSWIM since its inception, as a swimmer, and I absolutely love the program and believe in everything about it. As an iSWIM coach, my goal is to continue to carry the iSWIM message forward to the best of my ability.”
Favorite coaching tool: the pull buoy.
Kevin joined iSWIM in the fall of 2013 and quickly secured his position as the only member who did not know how to swim. Progress came quickly thanks to the endless patience and encouragement of the iSWIM coaches. In the spring of 2014 he entered his first swim meet, the USMS state championship, and proudly captured last place in each event that he entered. In the summer of 2014 he participated in his first sprint triathlon. At that point he was hooked, and has continued to compete as a triathlete and masters swimmer. In 2018 Kevin was able to compete in USMS Nationals, qualified for USAT nationals as a triathlete, and completed his first full Ironman.
In 2016 Kevin received his certification as an Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) instructor so that he could “pay it forward” for all of the help he has received with his swimming. Kevin works with beginning and intermediate swimmers for iSWIM, and is the club ALTS instructor.
Courtenay fell in love with swimming at the age of four, when she began competing in the local summer league of her hometown, Lexington, Kentucky. Transitioning to year-round training at age 9, she set Junior National Championship records in the 200, 500, and 1650 yard freestyle events in 1976 and attained top 25 international ranking in the 400 Meter freestyle in 1977. She is a veteran of numerous national and international pool competitions and was a collegiate swimmer for Yale University, under Olympic Coach Frank Keefe. She continued to swim for fitness during her career as a Naval Officer, and as an adult grew to love open water swimming. She has participated in such competitions as the Big Shoulders 5K, the Low Country Splash 5 miler, and the 12.5 mile Swim Around Key West, the last of which she took First Place honors in her age group – (Old!). She currently holds the Indiana State record for the 1650 Freestyle in the 50-55 year age group. Formerly ASCA and USA Swim Coach certified, Courtenay coached youth at West Lafayette High School. She is currently certified as a USMS Level II coach and now hopes to share her experience and love of the water with adults, whether they be in the game for open water swims, pool competition, or simply for fitness and camaraderie.
Rachel started swimming at the age of 11, and has been in the water ever since. She swam for Purdue from 2003 to 2007, where she was a 4-year letter winner and competed in the Big Ten Championships all four years. She has competed at USA Swimming Nationals, and held All-American honors in both high school and college. Her specialties are sprint free, back, and fly, and she holds the USMS Indiana State records for the 50 free and 50 back in the 25-29 age group. Rachel co-founded iSWIM Masters in 2012, and she currently serves as the club’s President. In addition to her iSWIM service, Rachel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cyber Forensics at Purdue.