Jim has been swimming competitively since he was eight years old and swam all the way through high school and college. He attended The University of Kansas on a swimming scholarship. During his days at KU, he was a 3-time Big 8 Champion, 2-time Big 8 Team Champion and 2-time Co-Captain. He was also a senior national qualifier. Jim graduated from KU with a degree in Education in 1980.
Jim currently swims with UT masters under renowned Olympic Gold medalist head coach Whitney Hedgepeth. He competes regularly in masters national and regional meets. He is a 20+ time National Champion (55-59 age group) and Jim holds 4 world relay records, 1 national individual record (400IM) and for the last 4 years he has been ranked #1 in the world in the 200 and 400 IM in the 55-59 age group. He is also an accomplished Long Distance freestyle swimmer and has won many national championships in the 5K, 10K, 3000 and 6000 yard distances. Jim won 1st place male overall in the famed “Escape from Alcatraz” open water swim in 2012 in San Francisco. Jim is a level 2 certified masters coach and helps coach UT masters on “fill in/as needed” basis. He also coached age group summer league in college.
Jim is currently retired, but spent his work career in the Hi-Tech industry with Compaq Computer, Dell and others. He is also active in the community and volunteers with “Lifeworks,” a local nonprofit charity. Jim and his wife, Eileen have 2 children and he is "Papa" to his grandchildren, Hudson and Ella.
Beth Plevich has been swimming competitively since age 10. She was a scholarship swimmer at the University of Wyoming and competed at Division I Nationals. She has been swimming and competing with the University of Texas Longhorn Masters program since 2002. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1985 with a degree in elementary education. She recently retired after 26 years of teaching with both the AISD and Eanes ISD, Kindergarten and 2nd grade.
KayLee Lile is a graduate of Lake Travis High School. She has been swimming competitively since she was seven years old and has continued to swim throughout her high school career. She currently works as a life guard with the city of Lakeway and has been a Jr. Coach for the Lake Pointe Lazers. She looks forward to pursuing a career in medicine and another great season with the Lazers!
Chris Grimm is a junior at Lake Travis High School. He swam on the Lazers and Nitro swim teams from 2007-2015 and swam his freshman and sophomore years with the high school swim team as well. Chris' favorite stroke is breast stroke. He is looking forward to another fun season coaching with the Lazers!
Maggie Huggins is a sophomore at Lake Travis High School and has been on the school's swim team for the past two years. She swam with the Lazers previously and has been competitively swimming for 11 years. She's looking forward to the upcoming season and coaching for the first time!
Madelyn Jackson is a graduate of Lake Travis High School. She swam competitively for 13 years and has been a swim coach and camp counselor since she was 16. She is looking forward to pursuing a career in medicine and working with children. Maddie is very excited to work with the Lazers this summer!