Kaci Swieter Enters First Year as Head Swim and Dive Coach for Treasure Coast High
By Charlie Roberts
Kaci Swieter is the new head swim and dive coach at Treasure Coast High School (TCHS). This will be Kaci’s second year at Treasure Coast and first as the head coach. She begin as assistant her first year at the school.
Kaci graduated from Grand Valley State College in Grand Rapids Michigan in May of 2014 and started teaching at TCHS in August of 2014. Kaci is a self contained Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Teacher. Kaci spent her whole life in Michigan and after interning in college in Mexico City, she decided to move to a warmer climate.
Kaci grew up swimming and competed competitively from age 5 through her junior year in college.
By being the head coach, she is able to interact better with the students as she teaches in a self contained setting. Kaci sees most of the swimmers and divers as she walks the hall, and has no problem encouraging a student to consider the sport of swimming. The 2014 team had 15 student athletes and she is looking to add 25 to 30 for this year so far.
Kaci said that the students join the team with varying degree of skills and welcomes them all. Last year one of her students, Terra Ford, joined the team and at her first practice she could barely swim the length of the pool. She was committed to swim the 200 IM and throughout the season dropped a minute off her time. She was voted Most Improved Swimmer for 2014 at TCHS.
Kaci is helped out by Assistant Coach and new teacher, Lorraine Campanaro. While Lorraine has no swimming experience, she has extensive field hockey and works great with Dry Land training of the swimmers and divers.