OUR SWIM LESSONS & DIVING TEAM
 

Autumn Kappes
Chief Executive Officer
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Autumn started with the Rochester Swim Club Orcas in the Fall of 2011.  Autumn is the CEO and oversees all groups within the Rochester Swim Club programs, which is a Non-profit organization.

Autumn has been around the pool her entire life swimming for both club teams and high school in  Wisconsin. She has worked in many capacities of aquatic programs since 1992 including swim school, lifeguarding, coaching high school swimming and aquatic management.  Autumn has an extensive background in aquatics both as a swimmer, teacher and director.

Autumn comes to the Rochester Swim Club from the Waukesha Express Swim Club (WEST) where she began working as the SwimAmerica Program Director in January of 2003.  Prior to working at WEST, she worked in the aquatics program at the Oconomowoc YMCA.  Swimstastic, and at All-American Aquatics.  She was also the pool director from 1999-2002 at the Western Racquet Club.  Autumn has also served as the Head Coach of the Waukesha West High School Mens and Womens swim teams.  Autumn is also an authorized instructor for the American Red Cross.

Autumn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a teaching degree (preschool-6th grade), and taught 6th grade for four years at St. Martin of Tours in the Milwaukee area.

Autumn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rochester Sports and Rochester Swimming, Inc.


Ashleigh Kramer
Swim School Director

Ashleigh has been involved with the Rochester Swim Club most of her life.  All the way from taking swim lessons through swimming competitively, where she was a national level swimmer until she graduated high school.  Ashleigh swam her freshman year of college at UW-Madison.

Ashleigh began teaching swim lessons when she was 12 years old and has assisted coaching many of the developmental groups as well.  During the summer you may see Ashleigh helping out at the outdoor pools and she can be found teaching private swim lessons year round.


Nancy Verburg
Prep Squad Head Coach and Swim School Assistant Director

Nancy began teaching swim lesson when her four children were involved with the swim team practices 15 years ago. She has taught all levels of lessons and now assists on-deck with managing lessons in swim school and working with the swimmers who are transitioning to the team. She loves helping children build their skills and helping them to be the best swimmer they can be.


 


Corinne Ehrfurth
Swim School Assistant Director

Corinne has been drawn to the water since she was an infant. As a youth she lived for summers as an avid water skier and camp counselor on various lakes in Wisconsin; now, as an adult she has grown into small roles with RSC and kayaks whenever possible. While never a competitive swimmer, she appreciates all the fine skills surrounding swimming lessons and life skills associated with swim safety. When not in the water, Corinne can be found working at Mayo High School, walking her dog, or hanging out with extended family.
 

 


Jeremiah Jackson
Diving Coach  

JJ is the Head Diving Coach and assists with some of the swimming groups.  JJ has an extensive background in coaching and participating in diving in the area.  JJ was the diving coach at St. Mary's University in Winona for 9 years.  He has also coached diving for both the mens and womens teams at Winona High School for 13 seasons.  JJ has had numerous conference championships while coaching both high school and college. JJ led a summer club for 6 years in the area. He has been nominated as Section Coach of the Year and Big 9 Conference Coach of the Year. 
 


Gresin Hawse
Assistant Diving Coach

Gresin was a diver for the Cuban National team for over 10 years.  She specialized in 10m platform diving; she held the National Championship title for several years in this event.  She represented Cuba internationally in several meets including the 1998 World Cup in Mexico, 1998 Grand Prix in Mexico and Fort Lauderdale.  In 1999 as she was preparing for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and while at the Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale she defected from the Cuban team.  Giving up her dream to participate in an Olympic Games was very difficult but in Gresin's mind absolutely necessary in order for her to achieve more important goals in life.  

She was given a scholarship to dive for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.  She graduated with a Biology-Biochemistry BS degree in 2003.  Gresin moved to Rochester in 2004 with her fiance, now husband, to work at Mayo Clinic in research. 


Jamie Patrick
Assistant Diving Coach

 

 

 


Jordan Anderson
Assistant Diving Coach