Keep an eye on this website, as it will soon be changing over to Coach Retta’s combo personal/professional site. Stay tuned for the new URL, but content will include swimming news, opinion pieces, training insight, online coaching portal and a page dedicated to my public relations component.

New URL coming soon.

Thank you,

Coach Retta

Posted on December 4, 2018 .

Coach Retta Stepping Down As NKSM Coach

As the NKSM members already know, I will be stepping down as coach of the Masters team I founded in the name of fun, camaraderie and improvement in the pool.

The squad knows this was a terribly difficult decision for me to make and one that was based on thorough thought, prayer and deliberation with my family.

**NOTE for all readers: I will continue to offer online coaching/private coaching and will utilize this website as a forum to provide technique updates, training advice and overall communication with members of the swimming community both near and far.

**I will post an updated website link if I decide to change the address.

Posted on November 5, 2018 .

You Get Out What You Put In

Team - We are in the home stretch of 2018, our FIFTH YEAR as a team. I am so happy to have you all greeting me at 5:30am and am proud of all that we have accomplished in our journey as a small squad.

I just wanted to put out a friendly little reminder that you have the chance to get better at every single practice! Does everything have to feel perfect all the time? Not at all! But, we can all choose ONE THING to work on each practice and pursue success in that ONE THING.

It could be something as simple as maintaining streamline off every turn or keeping up a 6-beat kick on the faster sets or hitting the wall with a strong finish every time.

Things like that add up and eventually all the little things add up to a big thing - your happiness and feeling of accomplishment in the pool!

Coach Retta

Posted on October 30, 2018 .

Team Practice Reminder!!

Due to club meet, there is NO PRACTICE on SATURDAY, October 20th. **Instead, we will have a one-off Friday practice on FRIDAY, 10/19 at 5:30am on the member end of the pool.


Coach Retta

Posted on October 18, 2018 .

Rotisserie Drill Example

We’ve performed the rotisserie drill in practice before, but I thought it’d be helpful to watch another swimmer do it from a distance. This swimmer tries to maintain streamline the entire time, which is where your core tightening comes into play.

Additionally, changing your angle promotes a tighter kick with ‘snappier’ ankles. Take a look!

Posted on October 9, 2018 .

Station Workout

A favorite of NKSM swimmers is our STATION WORKOUTS, where Coach Retta brings out all of the toys to experiment and focus on mechanics. Below are some photos of our athletes in progress, working on head position, high elbow pull and accentuating the use of our forearms.


Posted on September 27, 2018 .


Make sure you come to practice on Tuesday, September 25th for our KICKBOARD RAFFLE!!! You can enter to win the kickboard of your choice from the several different designs we tried out a couple of weeks ago.

Plus, anyone who registered 5 practices can receive their keychain!

Posted on September 24, 2018 .