Elise was born and raised in the Kansas City Area. She went to school at Lindenwood University and graduated with a bachelors in Recreation Administration and Tourism Management. She is currently employed by William Jewell college as their Men's and Women's Assistant Swim Coach.
She swam competitively from the age of 7 to 22. From 2014-2018, she swam at Lindenwood University where she was Top 8 conference qualifier in the 100 and 200 backstroke all four years, as well as a national relay qualifier. She swam for Blue Wave and Club North when She was younger and has been coaching various levels since she was 18. She has coached all levels including pre-competitive, club, high school, and curently for William Jewell College.
She was a backstroker growing up and through college and loves to teach it! This will be Elise's 2nd year as part of the Riss Lake coaching staff. She has also coached Club North since 2018, and has been coaching all different levels since 2014. Elise's favorite part of coaching is being able to see the progression of swimmers getting better through the season and knowing that she is part of that growth and time drop. She also loves championship meets that are highly competitive and you get to see kids really get up and race one another.
She is currently surrounded by coaching- she coaches club, summer, and her full time job is being an assistant swim coach for William Jewell College. She is pretty active for the most part so in her free time you can usually find her at a pool, the gym, or walking her puppy outside.
I started swimming when I was 10 years old on the Walnut Creek Swim Team. I placed second in Northland Conference my first year in the 50 backstroke. I joined the then Park Hill Aqua Ducks, now its known as NLU. I made Champs that first year on a club team. I then moved to Tsunami Swim Team during their first year in existence. When I was 13-14 I made my first sectional cut and was placed top 16 in the nation for the 100 and 200 back. In high school I swam for PHS. I placed 1st at state 3 times, 2nd 3 times, and top 8 in 7 of my 8 individual events. I was a three time individual All-American and once for a relay. I also made a junior national cut in 6 events. In college I swam on scholarship for Mizzou. I was apart of their "A" team. Placing in the top 10 500 frees of all time and making a nationals cut in the 500 and 200 free.
My biggest claim to fame was I beat Micheal Phelps at the 50 of the 200 fly, which then he came back and destroyed me and set an American record. I also beat Matt Greivers in the 50 free in practice, but he didn't know we were racing.
Now I have two beautiful 2 year old girls who definitely keep me busy. Being a dad has been the single greatest thing that has happened to me and it is the most frustrating thing that has happened to me.
Luke was born in the Kansas City area and grew up in the Riss Lake Community. He is currently in his second year at Northwest Missouri State University, where he is majoring in Elementary Education. For the majority of the year, he spends his time in Maryville working on becoming a teacher.
He swam competitively from the age of 5 to 18, spending time with multiple levels of competition. He swam for the Riss Lake Riptides for 13 years. He also swam for Blue Wave for 9 years and Park Hill South for 2 years. This will be his 3rd year of coaching for the Riss Lake Riptides.
He is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, whether they be big or small. Luke’s favorite part of coaching is being able to help everyone reach that moment of excitement when they finally reach their goal. He doesn’t care if it is competitive or casual, Luke loves to have a good time and help any level of swimmer.
Outside of swimming, Luke spends most of his time at school, playing music, or relaxing. He really enjoys music of all kinds, whether it be playing or listening, and is active in a multitude of bands at Northwest. Luke also likes to spend his free time playing video games and spending time outdoors.
Noelle is a recent graduate of St. Pius X High School where she swam all four years qualifying for state all 4 years and medaling the past 3. She currently swims for Club North year round swim team and is a former member of Brooktree Barracudas, another Northland Conference team. She is planning to swim for Lindenwood University in St. Louis when she heads off to college in the fall.