About Our Team
The Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA Swim Team offers a year-round program for swimmers of various age and ability levels and competes in the Southeast Ohio / West Virginia YMCA Swim League and the Ohio LSC of USA Swimming. We have consistently placed among the top ten teams at the YMCA Great Lakes Zone Championship and we are excited to have sent 16 swimmers to the 2016 YMCA Short Course National Championship meet in Greensboro, NC.
Lynn Bowers - Lynn’s swimming career began as a member of the first swim team at Northwest Swim Club. Lynn excelled in the breaststroke and IM, though her plans to swim in college was thwarted by a knee injury during a powder puff football game in a junior year of High School. While in college at BGSU, Lynn spent her summers as an assistant coach for the Northwest Tigersharks. After college, Lynn worked 11 years in the corporate world until she decided to stay home to raise her 3 boys. She became an Assistant Coach for the Hilliard High School swimming program in 2011 and became the Assistant Coach for HURY in 2012. In 2015 Lynn became the Head Coach for HURY! Her bucket list includes traveling to all 50 states and learning to surf. Her favorite quote, “Attitude determines altitude.” Lynn’s passion and love for the sport is what guides her toward helping swimmers improve their techniques so they can become more efficient swimmers and reach their goals.
Brian Dickmann - Brian began his swimming career in 1973 as an 8 and under in Napoleon, Ohio. He has been involved in the sport as a swimmer, parent or coach ever since. As a swimmer, Brian won the 1985 OHSAA 200 Freestyle title during his senior year along with being a member of the 1983 and 1984 State Water Polo Champions. He chose to attend The University of Tennessee to be coached by “The Innovator,” legendary 1984 Olympic Sprint Coach Ray Bussard. Brian transferred to Bowling Green State University his senior year where he gained the 1989 Mid-American Conference title in the 1650. He was an Assistant Coach for BGSU for two years before he began his high school teaching and coaching career. He currently is the Head Coach for the three Hilliard High School teams. Coach Dickmann brings a wealth of knowledge on the technical aspects of the sport to the Hilliard Y and teaches “Quality over Quantity” in all levels of the Hilliard program. At the Y, Brian works mainly with the Monsoon level swimmers. His top bucket list goal is to walk the Appalachian Trail. Two of his favorite sayings are, “You cannot change what you are doing unless you change what you are doing!” and “The only way to SWIM FAST is to SWIM FAST!”
Kyle Supe - Kyle’s first experiences in swimming started with this neighborhood summer league team at the age of 5. By age 14 Kyle was a consistent presence among the top 16 swimmers at the Ohio Junior Olympic meet and he had set several Sycamore team records. Kyle began swimming for the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes at the nation’s largest YMCA in 2000 and qualified for the YMCA National Championship meet during all seven seasons he participated with the team. Kyle also swam for Lakota West High School in West Chester, OH and qualified to the OHSAA State Swimming Championship meet in 2002 and 2003 where he had several individual and relay finishes in the top 16. In 2006 Kyle returned to swimming as an Assistant Coach at the Hilliard YMCA and he was promoted to Head Administrative Coach in 2013. Kyle is usually found on deck with the Typhoon Orange group. If Kyle was stranded on a deserted island he said he would need food, fresh water, and shelter because that is what you need to stay alive. Any other items would just be distractions to help you forget that you’re hungry, starving, and living outside. Vacationing in Hawaii and taking his son to Disneyworld are both on his bucket list.
Nick Gardner - Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nicholas Gardner has lived in Ohio for 16 years. He first began swimming in Tennessee on a summer club team and continued swimming when he moved to Ohio. After swimming on CHY for two years, he started swimming on HURY when the Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA opened. He swam all four years of high school and then graduated from Hilliard Darby in 2010. He then attended The Ohio State where he graduated with a Major in Finance and a Minor in German. After graduating college, he started working as a Swim Coach with the Hilliard High School teams in 2014 and later with the YMCA in the winter of 2015. His plans for the future involve making it rich with his App business and funding another pool for Hilliard.
Alexandra Lorenz - Alexandra did not start swimming until her freshman year of High School when her best friend, Sarah Courter, convinced her to join the Hilliard Davidson High School swim team. While on the swim team, Alexandra loved swimming the 200 IM and the 50 Fly. Alexandra was always at the YMCA and she really enjoyed swimming so she decided to work at the Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA as a swim instructor in 2007. In the fall of 2014 Alexandra decided to start coaching swim team because of the love of the sport. Since then she has moved up in the association and in early 2015 she was promoted to the Assistant Aquatics Director. Outside of work, Alexandra enjoys fishing, and playing with her many animals at home. One thing that was on Alexandra’s bucket list was to go skydiving. She has already accomplished this and has gone back several times now.
Andrew Mollmann - Andrew started swimming at 6 years old at Northwest Swim Club and then started swimming for Upper Arlington Swim Club. He then started swimming in high school and swam for all 4 years, his events were the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. He loved swimming so much he became a lifeguard and started teach swim lessons at Northwest. He then came to YMCA and taught lessons here before coaching. Something on his bucket list is to visit all seven continents.
Will Smith - Will started coaching at the Hilliard Y during the summer of 2016. Prior to coaching at the Y, Will coached the last four summers at Northwest Swim Club which he was working with younger swimmers. Will swam and played Water Polo at Upper Arlington High School, where he was the captain of the swim team his senior year. In his free time, Will likes to watch and play sports, go to the movies and hang out with friends. Will is very excited to be here with the Hilliard Hurricanes.
Ann Render - Ann started swimming at the age of 4 with her mother. Stroke development came later when she attended Duke University from the swim coach at the time. Growing up Ann’s passion was for gymnastics but she used swimming to cool down and stretch. Over time she switched to swimming and ultimately fell in love with the sport and teaching it. Ann first started teaching in Chicago, Illinois at the Buehler YMCA. Then, once she moved to Columbus she continued teaching to all ages including special needs at Metro in Dublin. Buckeye Swim Team was just starting out. Ann began coaching for Laurie Carr. Soon, she branched out into coaching Special Olympics at Metro and the Hilltop YMCA. In 1998 Ann became the Assistant Aquatics Director at McConnell Heart Health Center and started their swim program. After leaving McConnell, Ann coached for the Upper Arlington club team and Worthington Wave summer team while doing private and group lessons at Primer at Sawmill Athletic Club. The summer of 2016 Ann started coaching for HURY and she is very honored and excited to be coaching here at the Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA.