Meet The Team
Annie Scott (Babicz)
Owner & Instructor
Annie grew up swimming for the Sarasota Sharks, where she became one of the best age group swimmers in the country. To this day, she remains the 2nd fastest American swimmer of all time in the 11-12 girls 100 breaststroke and is one of the youngest Olympic Trial Qualifiers ever. She won the Rookie of the Meet award at 1998 National Championships alongside Ryan Lochte, and went on to compete at UC Berkeley where she competed internationally and was Pac 10 Champion and a four time NCAA scorer.
After graduating, Annie went on to coach at the club and college level, while also teaching private lessons to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Her philosophies stem from her time at Cal, where unconventional training practices led to a more holistic understanding of the water. She is excited to bring a fresh new perspective to the Sarasota swimming scene!
Owner & Instructor
Josh joined his first swim team when he was 6 years old, shortly after his family had moved to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. While he wasn't a "natural" swimmer at first, he did have a love for the water and a strong desire to improve.
After moving back to the United States, Josh went on to become a top age group and high school swimmer in California, competing in both Junior and Senior Nationals, and earning a swimming scholarship to Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, he was a school record holder and honored by his teammates by being voted both Team Captain and MVP. His athletic pursuits continued after college, where he became a U.S. Masters Swimming National Champion in multiple events.
Josh found his true passion in life as a coach, helping others "understand" the sport he loves so much. He is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 Coach. He has coached multiple National Record setting relays, a U.S.A. Swimming National Team member, and a Junior National Champion.
Josh is known for making a complex sport "simple" to those he is teaching, and focusing on the RIGHT things that create massive improvement. He believes the only thing a swimmer is limited by is their technique and their heart.
Director of Aquatics & Instructor
Casey is from Easton, PA and learned to swim at a young age, started competing at 9 and, at 14, competed in US Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke and just missed top 16. She competed for Team USA as part of the National Junior Team in 1993, was a two-time state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, and swam collegiately for the Penn State Nittany Lions. As a freshman in high school, Casey broke the state and pool record at Penn State’s Natatorium.
After a long break away from the pool, she found joy in the water again through teaching many private lessons and discovered U.S. Masters swimming. She coached for Pikes Peak Athletics in Colorado Springs and competed in the 2016 USMS Summer Nationals in Oregon and has been competing in masters meets ever since. She achieved her Level 1 & II U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Certification last year and also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, emphasis in schools and communities.
She loves swimming and competing on her own terms for the full mind/body balance the water provides. Casey is excited to be part of Swim SRQ to help young swimmers find joy and safety in and around the water.
After overcoming a fear of the water as a toddler, Ashlee fell in love with the water by age 5 and went in to swim competitively for 18 years. Ashlee swam for the Sarasota Sharks where she qualified for Olympic Trials at age 14 and went on to continue her athletic career in college as a student-athlete for the University of Florida. She is a 4 time NCAA qualifier and competed at Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012.
In 2016 Ashlee was in a motorcycle accident that forced her to relearn how to walk. She credits the accident for an increased sense of empathy, patience, and ability to “trust the process” as well as an acute understanding of the importance of repetition and a clear teaching progression when learning new skills.
Ashlee graduated in 2017 with a degree in Biology and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. In 2018 she taught for a Swim America program in Gainesville, and is thrilled to be able to share her love for the water with both kids and adults at SwimSRQ!
Blake grew up always having a passion for running and joined his high school team at the age of 15. After only a year of competing he went on to set the school record at Riverview High School in cross country which opened up the door for a collegiate running career.
After training with pro triathlete Matt Russel, Blake has since found his passion in the sport of triathlon; which he is currently pursuing a professional career in. Coaching has always been an itch for Blake as he is the head coach for Team Southeast Track Club within our Sarasota running community.
After perfecting his swimming technique, Blake joined the Swim SRQ team to teach kids about water safety and swimming technique to help share his knowledge and love for swimming! Blake will continue to coach for Swim SRQ while striving to make the USA Olympic Triathlon team in 2024.
Chelsea has had a love for the water as far back as she can remember. Her father taught her how to surf at a young age and didn’t stop there. He was a competive swimmer when he was young and Chelsea was eager to follow in his foot steps.
She was swimming at age two and competing at age five. She remembers her parents driving her all over the state to compete at swim meets. While she was in middle school she trained with her older sister on the high school swim team. Back stroke and the 200 meter individual medley were her favorite events.
She worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor during her four years of high school then went on to join the United States Army. Served almost four years and one tour overseas.
She rejoined her family back in Florida where she became a lifeguard once again. She is happy to be apart of the SwimSRQ team and to teach young children how to swim and be safe in the water.
Lena Coleman was born in Sarasota and has grown up in the water. As the daughter of a preschool owner, she grew up around kids and has worked with kids her whole life.
She began lifeguarding at pools in the Sarasota area in 2016 and started teaching swim lessons soon after. She became a certified masters adult swim instructor in February 2019, and now focuses on spreading her knowledge of swimming with both children and adults.
Alexandra is a recent transplant from NJ/NY area and is thrilled to be living in the sunshine state. She relocated down here with her two children in 2018 to be closer to family and to get a break from the cold.
After working for many years in the advertising industry in NYC, she settled down and had two children. While pregnant with her second child, she started teaching swim lessons as a part time job and hasn't stopped since. Alexandra spent 4 years teaching at a YMCA in NJ and then opened her own private swim school in her lake community. In addition to teaching, Alexandra managed the waterfront for a country club - overseeing the swim team, lifeguards, and daily operations.
Alexandra is thrilled to be a part of the team at SwimSRQ where she can continue to teach children the fundamentals of swim and further develop their love of the water!
Linda was born and raised in the Bronx. Her love of the water started early, swimming and snorkeling the local waters. Moving to New Jersey and working for the U.S. Customs Service Linda spent her vacations scuba diving in remote locations such as the the Fiji Islands and Roatan.
Linda moved to Long Island and enrolled her daughter Gabrielle with the 3 Village Swim Club. Then moving to Sarasota, Gabrielle swam for the Sharks Swim Team. It was then that Linda became a swimmer. She was discovered by the YMCA and asked to teach swim lessons. For ten years she taught swim lessons to a variety of groups. She established the first Adaptative Aquatics Program, and the 3 and Me classes. Linda has instructed swim lessons for the community with the BUDS Program and Robert Taylor Park.
She has volunteered for the Oak Park Schools assisting special needs children discover the aquatic environment. She is also a Special Olympic Coach.
Linda holds a variety of certifications in the Aquatic Field. She is a certified WSI Red Cross Instructor and Trainer. She is certified in ALTS (Adults Learning to Swim), as well as certified for the Special Olympics Swim Coach. She is also certified in Water Aerobics, as well as Hydro Ryder, (aquatic bicycling in the water).
Linda enjoys teaching all levels, stressing safety in and around the water. She brings her creativity and variety to her lessons keeping the children focused with fun filled skills.