The Austin, Texas swimming scene is loaded with top-quality clubs. Longhorn Aquatics, Circle C, and Nitro are the big players, and all have gone through their ups and downs, with the most recent excitement coming from the ‘Nitro revolution” a few years ago that really started to put the pressure on in the area to improve coaching and facilities.
Now, two more changes may spark things up again in the Central Texas swimming scene.
One is the hiring of three-time Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen to coach at the Lakeway Location of Lost Creek Aquatics. (Editor’s Note: Per the official press release, Brendan Hansen will be coaching at all three Lost Creek Aquatics locations.)
Hansen may not have a ton of traditional coaching experience, but he’s given a ton of clinics throughout his career, which is about as good of preparation to coach as you can have (you’re forced to adapt somewhat to the circumstances you’re given, and have to make your impact in a very short period of time).
Lost Creek has had quite a bit of recent success at the high school level, working largely with athletes from Austin’s southwest side, where many of their strongest high school program’s lie. That includes names like Missouri junior Andrew Phillips and Denison freshman Lauren Malachowski.
Regardless of how Hansen turns out as a coach, his presence at Lost Creek brings excitement simply because of who he is. He has long been one of the United States’ most popular swimmers, both within the elite swimming ranks and among the general swimming community, and that alone should be a huge draw.
The other big news in Austin is the formation of the Austin Swim club, on the southwest side of Austin. The club is up and running now, headed and managed by Todd Foley, who spent two years with Nitro. See Austin Swim Club here.
Foley has a long history in the sport of swimming. He was an assistant at Miami from 2001-2006, an assistant at Hawaii from 2006-2009, and then spent a year as an assistant with SwimMAC Carolina’s Team Elite squad, and coached with David Marsh.
Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. and with now more than 800,000 in the city (and 1.8 million in the metro area), its swimming culture is growing with it.
This is good news for the sport, as every time there has been good things happening in Austin swimming, there have been good things happening in American swimming. Austin has a fitness-oriented culture, and so there’s plenty of pools and participants to go around.
Below is the official press release courtesy of Lost Creek Aquatics
Brendan Hansen, three-time Olympian and six-time Olympic medalist is bringing his team building and Olympic team leadership talents to Lost Creek Aquatics, as a partner, swim coach and mentor, announces Lost Creek Aquatics founder Steve Jones. Hansen, who has been winning medals on the international stage for more than a decade, is now settled back in Austin with wife Martha and a new baby girl. Lost Creek Aquatics is a competitive swim program in Austin, Texas for ages 5 to 18, with a mission to nurture and develop swimmers for success both in competition and in life.
“Now is the time for me to teach the younger generations everything that I’ve learned in the sport,” said Hansen. “Even though while I was swimming it was very important for me to give back, now more than ever I have the ability and time to make it my main focus,” he continued.
“Steve and I go way back. We realize what kind of atmosphere and community is needed to produce great swimmers.” Hansen continued. “We have an energetic and spirited coaching staff whose main goal is to allow a child the opportunity to reach their potential and have fun doing it.” Hansen will be spreading his coaching time equally between all three locations of Lost Creek Aquatics.
Founded in 2000, Lost Creek Aquatics has recently experienced tremendous growth, tripling in size this year to more than 300 swimmers and expanding to three locations at the Lost Creek Country Club, Lakeway and Steiner Ranch. “Needless to say, we are ecstatic Brendan is here,” says Steve Jones, Lost Creek Aquatics founder. “Brendan started as a summer swim team member and became hooked on the sport. We want kids to enjoy the sport, develop the discipline and stick with it throughout their lives,” Jones continued.
“Many kids fall through the cracks,” said Hansen. “Swimming is hard, and at times heartbreaking. When your success or perceived failure is measured in tenths or even hundredths of a second, it can be so hard to find the motivation within to show up the next day to practice. Learning to push through the walls that life throws at you, the successes and the failures, is one of the most important lessons I have learned from the sport. We plan to pass these lessons on at Lost Creek Aquatics, because the lessons that swimming teaches a child is applicable to the rest of their life,” said Hansen.
Brendan Hansen Bio
About Lost Creek Aquatics:
Lost Creek Aquatics (LCA) is a competitive year-round swim program in Austin, Texas with the mission to nurture and develop swimmers for success in competition and in life. With equal focus on technique, training, and personal attention, they are one of the fastest growing swim programs in town.
LCA was founded in 2000 at Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas by Coach Steve Jones. In 2013, LCA expanded to include programs at Lakeway Swim Center and Steiner Ranch. LCA also offers developmental programs, private lessons, SwimAmerica Group Lessons, summer league swimming, masters programs and additional instruction to swimmers of all ages and ability levels. LCA swimmers range in age from 5 to18 and compete at the local, state, and national levels.
At the core of Lost Creek Aquatics is its highly competitive swim team and strong community atmosphere. Stop by the pool early in the morning or after the sun goes down and see these dedicated athletes working to become stronger and improve their strokes.
Lost Creek Aquatics has three locations:
Lost Creek Aquatics Lost Creek:
Head Coach LCA Lost Creek: Steve Jones
2612 Lost Creek Blvd.
Lost Creek Aquatics Lakeway Swim Center
Head Coach for LCA Lakeway location: Janet Risser
3103 Lakeway Blvd.
Lost Creek Aquatics Bella Mar at Steiner Ranch
Head Coach for LCA Steiner location: Kay Gerken
12401 Calistoga Way
Visit www.lostcreekaquatics.com to register your swimmer or to learn more.
This press release was provided to SwimSwam.