Madison is a native to cenral Illinois, being raised and swimming in the Bloomington-Normal area. As a member of Redbird Swim Club and her high school team, she has logged thousands of yards in the pool. Most recently as a student at Lincoln College, she swam for the Lynx and after completing her Associates Degree, she has signed on as their assistant coach. With this amount of experience, we are welcoming her with open arms as she joins our team!
Emily is a native to Lincoln and started swimming with the Lincoln Gators Swim Club, later renamed the Aqua Lynx Swim Club, at the age of 9. She participated year-round and attended swim meets in both yards and meters. During her time with the Gators, she set records in multiple events, eight of which still stand.
When Emily entered Lincoln Community High School, she continued swimming with the Railers, becoming a 4-year Varsity Letter winner.She was team captain and named MVP of the swim team her junior and senior years.Emily was the Central State 8 Conference Champion in the 100 butterfly her sophomore year and 200 freestyle her junior year. She was also named to the Central State 8 All-Conference Team and All-Academic Team her sophomore, junior and senior years. While at LCHS, she broke 6 school records: 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and the 400 Medley relay.
Emily received a swimming scholarship to Southern Illinois University where she swam the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle for the Salukis. After earning her athletic letter for SIU her freshman year, Emily retired from swimming to concentrate on academics.She continued to be active with Southern Illinois University Aquatics by teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding her remaining college years until graduating in May 2013.
Emily returned to the newly renamed Aqua Lynx as a coach. She spent two years as head coach before leaving to concentrate on her academics again. Well just after one season away, she has come back again, fitting the swim club into her continuing education. This will make the third season coaching with the Aqua Lynx, and we look forward to many more!!!
Ed originally hails from eastern Illinois where he spent summers lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons. While at Eastern Illinois University, Ed played on the intermural water polo team. He moved to the Lincoln area after graduating college and started teaching at the Broadwell Grade School. Once in the area, Ed started SCUBA diving and got together with a group of other local divers, who later became the Logan County Under Water Search and Recovery Team. He also was part of the original Board of Directors for the then-named Lincoln Gators Swim Club as his two kids swam for the club. Ed eventually moved out of the education arena. However, upon retirement, he started substitute teaching, which brought his education passion back into the lime light. He returned to the Swim Club, now renamed as the Aqua Lynx and enjoys spending time educating the kids by sharing the art, sport and passion for swimming!
Jennifer originates from Springfield, where she and her three siblings spent their summers swimming for the Colony West Swim Club. Although swimming became second fiddle to softball during her high school years, her passion for the sport did not wane. When her kids were old enough and started swimming for the Aqua Lynx, she saw the opportunity to help share her passion for competition and educate the younger generations about teamwork and having fun while working hard!