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Masters Swimming

Joining the Denver Masters Swim team is a great way to improve your fitness, have fun and take part in friendly competition.

Our Masters swim team is one of the largest Masters Swim programs in the Rocky Mountain region. We welcome all competitive, fitness, open water/marathon and triathlon swimmers ages 18 and older. Swimmers of all abilities are welcome.

The DU Masters team offers excellent coaching, swim clinics, an Olympic-sized pool and the greatest number of practices in the Denver metro area. Other membership benefits include:

  • coached, competitive workouts that let you set your own pace
  • flexible workout schedules and start dates

Before joining the Masters Swim team, you should feel comfortable in a 25-yard pool and be able to swim 300 yards freestyle within six minutes, rest one minute and then repeat.

The team is a member of United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and the Colorado Masters Swimming Association (COMSA).

Meet the Director: Rachel Cook | 303-871-7006 | rachel.j.cook@du.edu


Program Information

Dates: Year-round

Ages: 18 years and older

Cost: $59/month or $649/year (public)

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Practice Schedules

Our Masters swimming program offers both coached and non-coached practice times. All practices are held at El Pomar Natatorium. Please check the pool schedule for any pool closure dates.

For early morning weekday practices, the Coors Fitness Center will allow entrance as early as 4:45 a.m. The pool will open at 5:00 a.m.

Coached Practice Schedule

Monday

5:00-6:00 a.m., long course (No practice on Monday, March 27, due to pool maintenance. Coached dry-land practice will be held in Studio D.)

12:00-1:15 p.m., short course

Tuesday

12:00-1:15 p.m., short course

7:00-8:30 p.m., short course

Wednesday

5:00-6:00 a.m., short course

12:00-1:15 p.m., short course

Thursday

7:00-8:30 p.m., short course

Friday

5:00-6:00 a.m., long course

12:00-1:15 p.m. short course

Saturday

9:30-10:45 a.m., short course (No practice on Saturday, March 25, due to pool maintenance.


Non-Coached Practice Schedule

Sunday

6:00-9:45 a.m., long course (No practice on Sunday, March 26, due to pool maintenance.

Tuesday

5:00-6:00 a.m., long course

Thursday

5:00-6:00 a.m., long course

12:00-1:15 p.m., short course

Coaches

Andrew Le Vasseur – Head Coach

Andrew began his swimming career on the Schofield Sharks Swim Club in Hawaii as an 8-under swimmer. Andrew attended Cherry Creek High School and was a three-year varsity letterman. Despite his love of the sport and an opportunity to swim for Dartmouth University, Andrew followed his other passion for music on a scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Throughout his career, Andrew has worked as a swim coach, water safety instructor, aqua fitness instructor, lifeguard and lifeguard trainer. His coaching experience spans more than 30 years in age-group and master’s-level swimming. He has been with the DU Masters Swimming program since 2008. As a swimmer, Andrew has achieved a USMS top-10 ranking and finishes consistently in local, regional, national and international meets.

As a coach, Andrew serves as the USMS 2014 and 2015 High Intensity online coach, and as the lead coach for the 2015 SCY National Champion CMS Regional team. He was one of four coaches selected to lead USMS National Team attending 2014 FINA World Championships. He served as the 2012 USMS On-Deck Coach for the LCM National Champion, CMS Regional Team and as USMS On-Deck Coach for the 2013 SCY National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif. He was selected as the COMSA 2011 Coach of the Year and has been a Level 3 ASCA/USMS Certified Swimming Coach since 2009.

Andrew received his USMS Level 4 coaching certification in 2015.

Ann Boguslavsky - Associate Coach

Ann swam competitively with Irvine Nova Aquatics for more than 8 years while also swimming varsity during all four years of high school where she was the co-captain of the team as a senior. During both undergrad and grad school, she was a Masters swimmer.

Nicole Bradley - Associate Coach

Nicole taught swim lessons to all levels in the Swim America Program and coached the intermediate group that transitioned from Swim America program into a competitive team. She has also coached Age Group swimmers of all levels, ages 6-13, as well as high school teams. She most recently began coaching the Masters team. During her coaching career, she has learned proper coaching techniques through the Swim America program and USA Swimming guidelines.

Erika Cheley - Associate Coach

Erika began swimming competitively in Arvada, Colo., when she was 10 years old. She competed at the Olympic Trials for 200 fly in 1988 and swam for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, focusing on the distance stroke events. She was elected the captain of the women’s team her senior year at SMU. Since moving back to Denver in 2000, Erika has completed numerous open water swims around the country, as well as multiple triathlons of all distances, including three Ironman distance triathlons.

Ken Classen - Associate Coach

Ken has coached with the University of Denver masters swim team since 1997. In 1998, he was named COMSA Coach of the Year. He has had writings published in several competitive swimmer publications. He is an avid open water swimmer and has participated and placed in several nationally-known open waters swims including the Wingshadow Horsetooth Reservoir 10K swim, La Jolla Rough water swims, Big Shoulders in Chicago and more. Ken has placed top-10 in the nation in the 1000/1650 several times. He is a native of Colorado and swam collegiately at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Kevin Doherty - Associate Coach

Kevin learned to swim at the age of 10 in Alabama. He joined a year-round swim team at 12 and swam through college on a scholarship at the University of Tennessee. After a short break from swimming, he pursued triathlons and was a pro triathlete for four years, and lived at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has been coaching swimming since high school and is a student of the sport. He is currently a Masters swimmer and holds many Colorado state records.

Elliot Lang - Associate Coach

Elliot started swimming at age 14 in high school. He was named captain by his junior year and received the Most Valuable Swimmer award his senior year. He started coaching when he was 18 and has coached ever since. He joined a Masters team when he started swimming again after finishing college and decided to train with a USA club team after finishing top-five at Masters Nationals. Elliot now trains at DU and qualified for the 2009 USA Nationals in the 100 breaststroke.

Teri Moen - Associate Coach

Teri began swimming in age group in South Dakota and later swam for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She began swimming for DU Masters in 2000, as has accumulated numerous SCY national rankings while also competing in many open water competitions.

Teri is an ASCA/USMS Level 2 Certified swimming coach, as well as a certified CASO official.

Rob Nasser - Associate Coach

Rob is a Denver native and a DU alum. He spent seven years coaching at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where he helped implement the girls’ swim program in 2007 and the boys’ swim program in 2014. In 2014, he helped lead the girls’ team to a fifth-place finish at the high school state championships, as well as individual titles in the 20 and 100 freestyle (both earning all-American consideration). Before his time at Valor Christian, Rob took over the Metro State swimming program in 1994 and helped lead the men’s team to a top-10 national ranking and the women’s team to a top-20 national ranking, as well as the school’s first-ever national champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle. More than 40 swimmers earned All-American honors during Rob’s time with the program. He also coached at Denver East High School and won the high school state championships at the 5A level.

Rob is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach.

Collette Sappey - Associate Coach

Collette has been a competitive swimmer for more than 40 years, starting at age 5 in Lakewood. As a captain of the swim team at Wheat Ridge High School, Collette was a three-time all-Conference recipient in both the 50 and 100 freestyle and was All-State and an All-American in the 50 freestyle. She is now the girls assistant coach at Wheat Ridge High School. Collette received a swimming scholarship at Colorado State University, and was a three-time All-Conference recipient and an NCAA Division I Academic All-American. In her Masters swimming career, she has competed in two World Masters Championships and more than 10 short course and long course national championships.

She is an ASCA Level 1 Certified Master’s Coach and Level 1 Accredited Interscholastic Swim Coach.

Charity Ziegler - Associate Coach

Charity started swimming while in grammar school before competing for DU. During high school and college, she coached summer leagues and taught swim lessons for all ages. She began coaching for the Hilltoppers at DU in 2006 and now supports TOPS while coaching for the DU masters team.

Recent Accomplishments

  • The team was the 2014-2015 COMSA SCY state champions.
  • In 2015, head coach Andrew LeVasseur was selected to lead the CMS (Colorado Masters Swimming) team at the USMS (United States Masters Swimming) 2015 SCY National Championship in San Antonio, TX. Denver Masters comprised just over a 3rd of the CMS Regional Swimming Club that attended the USMS 2015 SCY National Championship. The CMS Team swept the competition winning Men’s, Women’s and Combined divisions.

Cost & Registration

$59/month or $649/annually

DU students Masters membership: $25/month or $275/annually

For additional information on Masters Swim, please contact Andrea Eaton at 303-871-7684, or andrea.eaton@du.edu.

Contact Us

For additional information on Masters Swim, please contact Andrea Eaton at 303-871-7684, or andrea.eaton@du.edu.

Masters Swimming FAQ

How long are practices?

Practice lengths depend on the time of day. Morning sessions last one hour. Noon sessions last one hour and 15 minutes. Evening and weekend practices last one and half hours.

How far do you swim in one practice?

Morning practices: Approximately 3,000-6,000 LCM

Noon practices: Approximately 3,000-4,000 LCM

Evening and weekend practices: 3,500-4,5000 LCM

How fast do swimmers need to be to practice with the team?

We welcome swimmers of all abilities from adult beginners to former Olympians. Generally, if you can swim 100 yards in about two minutes and repeat after a 15-second rest, you should be ready to practice with us.

What are the age requirements to swim with the team?

Swimmers compete in age groups and according to swim speed in practice and competition. The first age group is for 18-24 year olds, and age groups go up in five-year increments from there.

What's the cost of a Masters Swimming membership?

DU students can join for $25/month or $225/year with a one-time $30 initiation fee.

Public memberships are $59/month or $649/year with a one-time $85 initiation fee.

What does a Masters Swimming membership include?

Memberships include 10 coached practices and four un-coached practices a week.

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