Nice to meet you!
My name is Emilie Clarke and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new Dam West Dolphins head coach! Swimming is my passion as I have spent the last 27 years of my life either competing, teaching, coaching, or just having fun, swimming. If I look familiar, it’s because I grew up as a swimmer on the Dam West Dolphins swim team from 1994-2005. I also competed competitively for Cherry Creek high school swim team in the early 2000’s.
In high school, I worked summers as a lifeguard and swim instructor for kids aged 3-6 years old. In college, I was the lead swim teacher for a local preschool swim program at Orchard Valley Learning Center. It was there my passion for teaching was fueled by teaching foundational swim skills and working with primary aged children. I continued my love for teaching after college as a kindergarten teacher in the Eagle County school community where I spent most of my “pre-mom” years skiing, teaching, and working as a part time swim teacher for neighbors in the community. I also worked as a lead swim coach for two swim teams in the Vail Valley before finally moving back to Aurora. One of the teams was also called “the Dolphins”.
Currently, I am enjoying my time as a stay at home mom to my two young boys, Barrett and Declan. They’re currently too young to be Dolphins this year, but they definitely enjoy the pool just as much as their mama! When we’re not at the pool, you can find us walking around the neighborhood or biking around in the Burley (their favorite quarantine summer activity).
I am looking forward to getting to know your families this summer! It is my hopes I can bring the same spirit and enthusiasm for swim team that I experienced growing up as a Dam West Dolphin. My vision for your swimmers this summer is instilling skills and good work ethic that promotes lifelong personal growth and achievements. No matter where your swimmer is on their swim team journey, it is my aspiration that they are enabled to persevere struggles, learn from mistakes, and accomplish goals they never thought possible. I believe the most important achievements in sports are not only physical strengths, but mental strengths as well.
Hello Dolphins! My name is Lauren Becerra and this will be my eleventh year as a dolphin, and my fifth year as a coach! I am a rising senior at Cherry Creek High School, and I participate in theater as an inducted member of Troupe 1730. I am also a member of Elite Company at Dance Kaleidoscope. But my favorite time of the year is when I get to coach the Dolphins. I love cheering on our team and seeing these swimmers grow and improve. Growing up on the team has made such an amazing impact on my life and I hope I can help make that impact for my fellow teammates. I love the family our team has created and I am excited for the summer ahead. Go Dolphins!
I’m Candyce and I started swimming on the Dam West Dolphins about 8 years ago. I’m going to be a senior at Overland High School in the fall. I swim on the OHS swim team during the winter, sing with the choir and am involved in various academics. This is my first year coaching, lifeguarding, and coaching swim team and I’m really enjoying it!
I am Chloe. I’ve been on the Dam West Dolphins for 4 years and I’m going into my junior year at Overland! This is my first year coaching and I love it! I’m in performing arts at Overland, student council and I swim there too! Go Dolphins!!
Hi! I'm Gabriella. This is my 4th summer swimming with the Dolphins and my first year coaching. I love this team! I will be a junior at Regis in the Fall. In addition to swimming I love the performing arts, particularly choir and musical theater. I also enjoy playing classical and pop pieces on the piano. I look forward to practice and meets, and seeing everyone!