Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines
Rowdy Gaines, is an American former competition swimmer, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is currently the chief fundraiser for USA Swimming as well as a swimming analyst for television networks ESPN and NBC including coverage of the Summer Olympics.
Rowdy has joined the Lane 4 Swim School team because of his belief that every child needs to learn how to swim. He has dedicated his life to sharing his love of the water with others and we are so excited to have him part of our management team!
ψ 3 – Time Olympic Gold Medalist ψ 25 – Time World Record Holder
ψ 22 – Time NCAA All- American ψ 1980 & 1984 World Swimmer of the Year
ψ 1984 World Swimmer of the year ψ 1995 International Swimming Hall of Fame
ψ 1996 Florida Sports Hall of Fame ψ 2005 Olympic Hall of Fame
Jillian Martin Wilkins – Lead Instructor
Lane 4 Swim School was established in 2005 by Jillian Martin. Jillian has been involved in the swimming world since 1991 and has been an instructor for the past 15 years. Locally, Jillian competed for Team Orlando and Trinity Aquatic Team (now Trinity Prep Aquatics). While attending school at Bishop Moore Catholic High School she was a two-time Florida state champion in the breaststroke events. While attending the University of Maryland, College Park, she swam competitively for the varsity swim team from 1999-2003. Jillian was extremely successful during her college years. She earned, among many other achievements, NCAA Division Martin All-American Honors in the 100 and 200 yard Breaststroke, was an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion in the 200 yard breaststroke and 400 yard medley relay and earned All-ACC honors in nine events.
She was fortunate to undertake community service projects with the University of Maryland Varsity Swim Team to teach swimming to under privileged children in College Park, Maryland. These projects helped Jillian realize how much she enjoyed sharing her love of water with children. During the last two years of her college career, Jillian was the head coach of the University of Maryland Terrapin Masters Swim Team. This team includes swimmers from ages 18-100 of various skill levels. Most of these team members were there for social reason and to stay in shape but others included those who competed at the United States Masters swimming and the United States Triathlon Association national levels. After college, Jillian continued competitive swimming with the Ft. Lauderdale Swim Team (currently named Ft. Lauderdale Aquatics) under the direction of Duffy Dillon and Jack Nelson. Jillian considers it a great privilege and honor to work with and learn from them both. Her competitive swimming career ended on a high note at the 2004 USA Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach California
Even though she has finished competitive swimming, the competitor in Jillian is still alive and kicking. In her free time she has enjoyed turning her attention to cycling and triathlons. I 2012 and 2013 Jillian competed in US Swimming Master Nationals and placed first in the 50, 100 and 200 Breastroke events!!! Currently Jillian has focused all of her energy to building the best swimming program available to parents in the Central Florida area. Jillian is highly active in the Masters swimming community. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the USMS Florida LMSC and is on the USMS National Coaches and Championships Committees for United States Masters Swimming.
In December Mrs. Jillian and her husband welcomed their second boy, Jackson Ray. Mrs. Jillian has been busy keeping up with Adam and Jackson over the past few months and getting used to life with two boys! She is excited to get back in the water with your children to continue sharing her love of the water with you and your families!
- Autistic and Handicapped Children of Central Florida, Chair Member (2005- Present)
- United Stated Masters Swimming, Florida LMSC Vice Chair (2012 –Present)
- United States Masters Swimming, Championships National Committee and Coaches National Committee member (2012-present)
- YMCA Central Florida, Masters Swimming, Assistant Coach (2011-Present)
Aquatics Related Certifications
- Red Cross Life Guard
- Red Cross First responder CPR and AED
- Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
- United States Masters Swimming, Level 3 Certified Coach
- United States Swim School Association, Swimming Instructor Level 1, 2 and 3
- United States Swim School Association, Pool Management
- American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation Adapted Aquatics
- Aquatic Partners, Certified Aquatic Director
- National Swimming Pool Foundation, Certified Pool Operator
- Member of the American Swim Coaches Association
Mrs. Andrea and her husband wrote and completed another book, a sci-fi novel, Second Gen. Because she has spent the last several months in front of a computer writing and editing she has sent me a list of items that she is excited to do this summer. In no particular order of course:
- Seeing how big her little swimmers have gotten over the winter
- Singing the Duck Song 500 times
- Reassuring parents that their kids can do so much more than they realize
- Watching her swimmers’ confidence grow in front of her eyes
- Having an impact on the swimmer’s family during this important chapter in their lives.
We are excited to welcome two new instructors to our family.
Aubrey is a senior at Colonial High School and for the past two years she has taught swim lessons for the YMCA. Before becoming a swim instructor and life guard she was a successful competitive swimmer on the state level. She excited to teach at Lane 4 Swim School because not only is it a new experience, but she will be able to have a closer relationship with the children and families that she will be working with. She is pictured here with Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian. We are thrilled to have her part of our family this year.
Ashley is beyond excited to teach this summer with Lane 4 Swim School. She is a UCF alumni and currently runs a cleaning business. She is looking forward to the rewarding process of being able to get in the pool and have fun while teaching kiddos such an importan
t life skill. She is ready for this new adventure in her life and we are thrilled to have her part of the team. Her love of children will show as she teaches this summer. She is looking forward to teaching with her cousin, Mrs. Jillian, while learning from your little ones!