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Nicole Keane Head Coach

Nicole Keane started swimming competitively for the Orcas in 2006. She continued her swimming career after age group swimming, going on to compete for Shasta College where she majored in Mathematics. She recently graduated with Associate's degrees in Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences and is now at Chico State working on her Bachelors Degree. Nicole has been a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor and swim coach for over six years. She has also been involved in youth programs around the community for over ten years. Nicole is excited to establish a fun and safe community where swimmers can set achievable goals and celebrate reaching them.

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April Barnes Assistant Coach

April started swimming in 1994 at Mr. Eden High School. She moved to Oroville in 1995 and continue to swim for Oroville High School. April joined Orca’s in 1997 and unfortunately aged out at the end of that summer. After graduating high school she became a certified lifeguard for the YMCA, where she also taught progressive swim lesson and aqua fitness. April is currently and Administrative Analyst, Sr for Butte County office of Emergency Services. April has 4 children, 3 of them will be on the swim team this year. Being a mom offers lots of opportunities to volunteer for a number of activities, April has coached soccer the past 5 years for OYSC and assisted with 4-H and FFA projects.

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Emily Pierce Junior Coach

Emily Pierce started swimming on the Orcas in 2008. She is 17 and will continue to compete for the Orcas this swim season. Her passion for the water doesn't stop with swim team, she works as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the Oroville YMCA where she teaches swim lessons for all different ages. Emily is devoted to the community and it's youth. She looks forward to inspiring others as she opens this new chapter for herself as the Junior Coach for the Orcas swim team

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The Oroville Orcas Swim Team is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide swimmers, ages 18 and below, coaching and training for competitive swimming. Orcas encourages self-esteem, sportsmanship, and health and wellness. Orcas' goal is to provide a program that meets the challenges of all swimmers. Orcas strive to provide education and training of individuals to develop and improve their capabilities in the sport of swimming.
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