Our Coaches

Emily Lapier

Coach Emily fell in love with competitive swimming when she started at age nine. She swam competitively for the Southern Saratoga YMCA Swim Team through her years in school and continued competitive swimming at Plattsburgh State University, where she specialized in 100 Back, 200 Back, and 50 Free. 

Emily currently holds certifications in USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching Level 1 and 2, American Swimming Coaches' Association Level 2 and 3, Principals of YMCA Swimming. 

Emily is currently a 6th Grade Science Teacher at Camden Middle School. She enjoys working with swimmers of all abilities and ages and sharing her love for the sport. S. Emily works primarily with the Senior Group and enjoys providing opportunities for the swimmers to grow in mind and body.

Melanie Feeney

Coach Melanie started swimming at age ten, commencing her high school career as a Y National qualifier as well. She continued her competitive swimming career at LeMoyne College specializing in distance freestyle and distance IM. Melanie brings great knowledge of skill development, specializing in developing stroke technique to our age group swimmers.  Melanie provides the base for future success of swimmers in the team program.


Melanie currently holds certifications in Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming, and USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching Level 1.  


Melanie is also a reading teacher at Gansevoort Elementary School in Rome.

Kristin Hicks

Coach Kristin started swimming at age nine and continued swimming competitively on the local USA club team, the Clinton Cudas. Later after high school, she continued her swimming career for SUNY Cortland where she swam sprint freestyle events. 


Kristin currently holds certifications in USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching Level 1, Principals of YMCA Swimming, American Swimming Coaches' Association Level 2 and 3, a NYSPHAA Coaching Certificate and Teaching/Coaching Competitive Swimming Certificate through Fresno University. 

Kristin is currently a Reading Specialist at Otto Shortell Middle School. Kristin has been praised for her enthusiastic approach to coaching where she continually shares her knowledge, encouragement, and love for the sport of swimming with our senior and age group swimmers.