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Coaches Mike, Molly, and Eve are available to discuss athlete’s workouts, meets, and personal goal-setting. Look for them on-deck before or after swim practice, or drop them a line at their e-mail addresses below. 

Our board members welcome your feedback regarding club dues, policy or parent volunteer information – contact them at one of the e-mail addresses below, or find them at any swim practice.

Coaching Staff

Mike Hoppe

Head Coach

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Coach Hoppe is an ASCA certified Level 4 Swim Coach and a USWP certified Silver Level Water Polo coach.  He was voted Sierra Nevada LSC age group "Coach of the Year" for 2013. He has been coaching swimming and water polo for more than 20 years.

In his years of coaching he has coached many high caliber swimmers and great people.  Some of these swimmers include Junior and Senior National qualifiers, Pan American Game’s qualifiers, High School “All Americans”, Far Western Champions, High Point Award Winners and Record Holders.

He has coached National Age Group Record Holders had Age Group Relays ranked 1st in the nation.  In addition he has coached boys and girls in every age-group to National Reportable Times.  He gained international experience from 1998 – 2000 as Head Coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team and was their coach at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.

His personal mission statement is "Better People Through Better Swimming".

Molly Larson

Age Group Coach

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Molly began swimming at the age of 5 for Husky Swim Club, when Whitewater was established in 2000, she swam for WWA until graduating from Mount Rainier High School in 2010.  While swimming for the Mount Rainier Lady Rams she qualified for state championships all four years.  From 2009 to 2010 she led the Lady Rams as team captain.   After graduating she moved to Southern California to attend California Baptist University where she swam from 2010-2013. Again she had leadership roles as team captain and participated as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Molly graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Health Education.  Along with coaching she also is a member of Vo2 Multisport Triathlon team where she competes and is also the team manager.  Molly is excited to be back working with Whitewater again to share her love for the pool and fitness with others. 

Eve M Ruiz

Age Group Coach

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Coach Eve has a strong passion for the sport of swimming. She was a long-time PNS swimmer and also swam four years in the Seamount League

Eve began swimming at the age of 8 with the Normandy Park Swim Club. She then began year round with Husky, one of the teams which merged to become what is now known as WhiteWater! Also, with stints at Bellevue Club, Salmon Bay and Kennedy, Eve maintains to this day team records for each of the 5 teams she competed with in a variety of events.

Eve has multiple Regional and State championships in the 200 and 500 Free. She has also placed at the Zone and National levels in the 200, 400, 800 Free, 400 IM and 200 Fly.

Eve has a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Central Washington University, a Master’s in Organizational Management, and post Master’s Education Specialist degree in Administration from Seattle University. In addition to coaching, she teaches 2nd grade at St. Bernadette School and enjoys time with her husband and three daughters ages 1-11 years – two of which swim for WhiteWater!

Board of Directors

Kersten Hubbard

President

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Julie George

Service Coordinator

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Emily Benevedes

Social Activities

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Gary Degolier

Communications Director

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Lynn Soria

Member-at-Large

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