Originally from St. Augustine, FL, Krysten grew up in a big swimming family with a pool in her backyard and the Atlantic ocean around the corner. She began swimming competitively at age 8 and went on to swim all four years of college for the University of North Florida on academic and swimming scholarships. She started teaching and coaching swimming at age 15, and for the next eight years, she honed her craft while also working as a beach lifeguard during the summers.
After graduating from UNF she moved to Nashville to coach at Vanderbilt University. During her four year tenure at Vanderbilt, she was the Assistant Swim Coach and the Recruiting Coordinator, while also completing her Master’s Degree in Sport Administration at Belmont University. She came to Ensworth in 2013 to start the Swim School. The program has grown from 26 kids on opening day in the fall of 2013 to over 900 swimmers currently during peak season.
Krysten’s passion for teaching swimming has lead to many opportunities to work with students with special needs, anywhere from aquatic trauma survivors to kids with severe anxiety. Her expertise in navigating the spectrum of needs of each swimmer has given her unique insight into psychological stress that swimming can produce. She also works through the stresses that parents feel as they express concern for the safety of their children.
Now as a busy mother of five children ranging in age from 9-months to 8-years-old, she finds the stresses around swim safety to be very real. She presents on the subject often and her information on Swim Safety has been applauded for offering tangible tips without overwhelming with ominous statistics.
Krysten, her husband Jon, and their 5 kids live in Bellevue. She loves being outside in nature with her family. They go hiking as often as time and weather permit. She also enjoys running on the greenway and swimming with the Ensworth Masters program.