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We do not provide coaching in swimming at Cheyenne but partner with the Swim Dogs on Monaco at GW Highschool.

Swim Dogs is a family-oriented USA Swimming and United States Masters Swimming competitive swim team based out of George Washington High School in Denver, CO.

Ryan and Andrew Harbuck

Samantha Achterberg World Champion at Cheyenne Fencing Society and Modern Pentathlon Center
The Swim Dogs


Swimming is a FAMILY SPORT, and that is why you will see Swim Dog parents and their children swimming together in practices and at swim meets.  Their goals are:

  • Swimming improvement through technique first and conditioning second

  • Encouraging parents and their children to practice and compete together

  • Enjoying life through swimming!

  • Building a solid relationship with Denver Public Schools and the local community


In addition we offer training programs in four of the five disciplines of pentathlon: fencing and shooting at our facility, and running (off site) and swimming (at swim dogs).

Ryan and Andrew Harbuck are a husband-and-wife team who have always found their hearts at the pool. In fact, that is exactly where the pair first met: on the pool deck at the Paralympic Trials—Ryan as swimmer and Andrew as coach.

Ryan is a high school science teacher, and has been for the past eight years. She has spent her whole life around a pool, and has coached most of the last sixteen years—both summer club, high school, and year-round. After realizing she had unfulfilled goals in the water, Ryan rediscovered competing for her self just a few years ago. She was chosen to represent the US in the 2011 ParaPan American Games and currently holds a number of American Para-Swimming Records. When Ryan isn’t teaching, coaching, or swimming, she enjoys trying to finish chapters of her first book, spending time soaking up mountain air, and attempting to keep up with her husband.

Andrew is a former colligate swimmer, but after graduating and joining the business world, fell back in love with swimming and has been coaching full-time ever since. Moving from North Carolina where he coached with Duke Aquatics, Andrew began coaching and providing swim lessons at Colorado Athletic Club, for all ages of swimmers. Andrew is so glad to have been able to join the Swim Dog Family and looking forward to doing more impromptu swim dances on deck, receiving drawings of his beard on the chalkboard, as well as inspiring each and every swimmer on the team to be the best that they can be. Along with his love for swimming, you can generally find Andrew out on his bicycle on any given day of the week climbing the “hill” all the way home to Kittredge.

Ryan and Andrew feel so fortunate to be able to call Swim Dogs their home away from home. 

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