Carrie (Laughlin) Loveland has been playing in the water for as long as she can remember! Growing up, she swam competitively for several years and was just 10 years old when her father, Terry, founded Total Immersion Swimming in 1989. She began assistant coaching at Total Immersion weekend freestyle workshops in 1999, when she was a sophomore at Wesleyan University. Following college, she coached several competitive youth teams, including Schwimmclub Meilen in Zurich in 2003 (where she learned to coach in Deutsch!), Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics in Colorado Springs in 2004, and finally, the New Paltz Hawks from 2004 to 2007. Since 2005, she has taught at the Total Immersion Swim Studio in New Paltz. The studio setting allowed her to significantly expand her skill set to include infant and toddler lessons, children of all ages and abilities, adult water-phobic and beginner lessons, as well as the classic T.I. "swimming improvement" classes for adults. In addition, she holds an M.S.Ed (with a focus on early childhood) and has considerable experience working with both mentally and physically disabled students. She is an avid open water swimmer and competed in the 2007 USMS 2-Mile National Championship in Lake Placid, where she placed first in her age-group. Her passion is giving the gift of harmony and enjoyment in the water to as many people as she can.