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JAKE BALL 13 & OVER HEAD COACH

Coach Jake Ball is excited for his third season at Highlands! He has been involved with competitive swimming for 18 years and coaching for 9. In high school, Jake coached in the Rappahannock Swim League, guiding both the Woodland Wahoos and Regency Riptide to their respective division titles. Jake attended and swam for Denison University in Ohio where he graduated in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Geosciences. During the summers, Jake worked with the Dublin Dolphins where they went on to win the 2017 and 2018 league championship titles. After graduation, Jake continued his academics and swimming at George Mason University where he graduated with a Masters Certificate in GIS in 2021. Jake was previously the head coach for Fort Myer Swim Team for the 2020 season before moving to Shark Tank Racing Squad. Currently, he coaches for Marymount University and NCAP Marymount where he works with the Silver and Gold groups. He is a 4-time NCAA All-American, a member of the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Championship Teams, a member of the 2020 Atlantic-10 Championship Team, as well as a 2020 Olympic Trials Finalist in the 100 Breaststroke (Wave 1).

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MAGGIE CAMPION 12 & UNDER HEAD COACH

Maggie is excited for another great year at Highlands, this year as the 12&U Head Coach! She has been coaching for Highlands for nine years. Maggie has experience with people of all abilities. She just graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Special Education and has plans to teach in a middle school classroom this coming year.

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KELLI MORRIS LARKIN DEVELOPMENTAL SWIM DIRECTOR & HEAD TECHNICAL COACH

Coach Kelli oversees the Highlands Whompers Program and Highlands Swim School and is also the Head Coach of the Highlands Winter Swim Program. Kelli is a longtime NVSL and USS swim coach and current Operations Manager of The Machine Performance Center (Machine Aquatics’ swim school). Kelli is also a trained educator and mother of four, including three current or past Highlands swimmers / coaches.

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MARI KLAIRE (MK) MORRIS LARKIN ASST HEAD COACH

MK is a rising senior at Virginia Wesleyan University. MK has been swimming since she was four years old. She swam for Highlands, Machine Aquatics, and Yorktown High School. She is continuing to swim competitively on her college team. MK enjoys working with the kids and is excited to be back coaching for Highlands!

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Jacob Daniels Senior Asst. Coach, Lead 9-10 Coach

Jacob started swimming for Highlands at age five and has been competing since, focusing on breaststroke and freestyle. In addition to Highlands, he swam for Arlington Aquatics Club and McLean High School where he was a swim team captain. Jacob attends the University of Virginia where he is studying Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate swimmers of all ages.

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Bridget Morris Larkin Senior Asst. Coach, Lead 8&U Coach

Bridget just finished her freshman year at Old Dominion University where she swam for her college team and is majoring in nursing. She has grown up at the pool; both of her parents have been involved in coaching. Bridget taught swim lessons year-round at the Machine Swim School and swam for Machine Aquatics on their national team while in high school. 

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Michael Owen Senior Asst. Coach, Lead 11-12 Coach

Michael Owen is excited for his 4th season with the Whomping Turtles. He is going into his sophomore year at Virginia Tech and is studying computer science. Michael can teach swimmers of all ages at any level and he especially likes to help swimmers improve their technique. He is excited for the summer and looking forward to watching all of the kids get faster while having fun!

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Chris Stewart Senior Asst. Coach

Chris Stewart is excited for his seventh year as a Highlands Coach. He has been a member of the Whomping Turtles since 2010. He is going into his senior year at Cornell University studying mechanical engineering. Chris is a huge supporter of the Whomping Turtles and absolutely loves watching the kids learn new skills and develop into awesome swimmers during the summer.

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Jackson Wright Senior Asst. Coach, Lead 9-12 Developmental Coach

Jackson has been a Whomping Turtle since he was 8 and is excited for his fifth year as a Highlands coach. He is going into his sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studies biomedical engineering. His favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke. Jackson really looks forward to seeing all of the swimmers develop and have fun this summer!

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Grace Berik Assistant Coach

Swimming and diving as a Whomping Turtle since before she can remember, Grace enthusiastically returns for her second year as a swim coach. She also swims for the Varsity Visitation Swim and Dive Team, where she is a rising senior. Besides swimming and diving, Grace loves being at Highlands, from lifeguarding to spending time with friends. Grace looks forward to another amazing season as well as sharing her love for the sport with new and returning turtles alike.

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Sabrina Boughanem Assistant Coach

Sabrina is a rising freshman at the University of St. Andrews. She has been swimming competitively both on Highlands and on a year-round club team for over a decade. Sabrina enjoys her time at Highlands and is going on her third year as a coach for the summer swim team. As a coach for the winter program this past year and a coach for various other local swimming programs, Sabrina has much experience coaching a variety of age groups. Going into her senior season at the pool, Sabrina looks forward to helping more swimmers improve while having fun throughout the process.

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Emme Cobb Assistant Coach (WHOMPERS)

This summer is Emme’s 3rd year as a Highlands coach. She has been swimming since she was 3 and her favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly. Emme swims for YORK and Yorktown High School in the winter. Emme is now a captain of Yorktown High School Swimming. Emme is able to work with beginners and swimmers learning more technique in their strokes. She is a rising senior at HB Woodlawn.

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Eli Levine Assistant Coach (WHOMPERS)

Eli is a rising junior at The Potomac School, and this is his first summer coaching at Highlands! Eli has been a Whomping Turtle since he was 8, and his favorite stroke has always been backstroke. In addition to swimming for Highlands, Eli swam competitively for York Swim Club from when he was 11 to when he was 14. Away from the pool, Eli loves running for Potomac’s Cross Country and Track teams. Eli is excited to help swimmers improve their strokes and to have fun as a team this summer. Let’s Whomp!!

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Sean Nammo Assistant Coach

Sean is 18 years old and a 2024 graduate of Yorktown High School. Sean cannot remember if he was 6 or 7 when he started swimming for Highlands, but he feels like he has always been a part of the team because 3 of his 4 older siblings swam for Highlands, 2 of them already Whomping Turtles when Sean was born. This is Sean’s fourth summer as a Highlands coach. When he is not swimming, Sean enjoys playing the drums and running. Last summer, Sean was sidelined with a lower leg injury that kept him out of the pool most of the summer. He is excited for this summer and to get back on the pool deck with his friends for another summer swim season!

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Maeve Obrist Assistant Coach

This will be Maeve’s 4th summer as a Highlands coach. She loves to help kids feel comfortable in the water and always tries to make her lessons fun! She has been swimming at Highlands since she was 5, and her favorite stroke is backstroke. She works best with younger kids learning to feel comfortable in the water and just starting to pick up on the basics of stroke swimming. She is a rising freshman at Virginia Tech where she will be playing lacrosse.

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Jacob Owen Assistant Coach (WHOMPERS)

Jacob is a rising junior at Yorktown High school and has been a part of Highlands for 3 years. He has been competitively swimming for 8 years. Over the Winter, Jacob helped coach the Highlands Winter Swim Program and he is currently swimming at NCAP Marymount. Jacob enjoys coaching 12 & Unders. His favorite strokes are backstroke and freestyle, but he is comfortable with teaching all strokes.

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Curan Palmer Assistant Coach, Lead Transition Lane Coach

Curan is a rising Freshman at Princeton University. He has been swimming since he was five years old for Highlands and NCAP Marymount since he was eight. Curan is starting his third summer as a coach and has been coaching for the Highlands winter program for the past three years. He is very excited to help swimmers of all ages develop and have fun this year.

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Charlie Scogna Assistant Coach

Charlie is a rising Senior at Washington Liberty High School. She has been a Whomping Turtle since she was four and Highlands sparked her love for competitive swimming. She swims for both her high school, and Arlington Aquatic Club. She also just committed to swim at the collegiate level for William & Mary! Charlie is super excited to be a Coach this summer as she spends a big part of her summer at Highlands. She looks forward to inspiring younger swimmers to enjoy the sport with her Highlands family.

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Kate Taylor Assistant Coach (WHOMPERS)

Kate has been swimming for Highlands for over 10 years. She is a rising junior at Washington-Liberty High School and also swims competitively for NCAP Marymount. Her best stroke is freestyle but she also loves swimming butterfly. She coached the winter program in the off-season and is so excited for the summer!

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