About Us

Our mission is to bring the swimming community together. We want to focus on every aspect of the sport. There are those who spend years and countless hours in college, high school, and club athletics doing everything they can to help their teams progress to the next level. However, once they graduate or move away, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to stay in touch or even hear news from the programs that were once so influential in their lives. We want to keep every athlete, coach, fan, and parent connected to the teams and sports they love.

Read About Our Writers

Joshua Huger: Creator

Josh Huger is a recent graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where he received his B.S. in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Administration. During his four years as an undergrad at IUP, Huger was a member of the university's swim team. When he was not competing for the Crimson Hawk's, Huger assisted with clinics held at IUP. He also helped in some aspects of recruiting for the team and served for three years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Huger has been swimming and competing since the age of eight, but has recently been pursuing a career in coaching. He spent this past summer working at the University of Texas Longhorn Swim Camp as a coach and counselor. Prior to that, he spent the past two years as an assistant club coach with the Rays Swim Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia and another two years as a summer league coach in King George, Virginia. In addition to his team coaching experience Huger has served on the Virginia Swimming coaching staff at the Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championships during the 2010 and 2011 summer seasons.

Huger was also selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis and was a featured writer for the 2011 edition of the College Swimming Honors.

Huger is currently pursuing his Master's degree from IUP in Sport Studies and will serve as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2011-2012 season. He hopes that SwimUtopia will continue to grow and help fill the void left by other sites in the coverage of competitive swimming.

Contact: jhuger (at) swimutopia.com

Luke Shaheen: Web Programming And Maintenance

Luke graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May of 2011, receiving a degree in Computer Science and Criminology. He was also a member of their Division II men's swim team. He has been swimming since the age of 4, and has a strong passion for the sport. His interest in computers and web design also began at an early age, and he has been working with the web for many years now. He is knowledgeable in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, and many more. Contact: tlshaheen (at) swimutopia.com

Rachel Blank: Graphic Designer

I have lived in Orlando, Florida my entire life and am currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida's School of Visual Arts and Design. I am a junior in the Digital Media Visual Language program(a restricted access program located at the UCF Center for Emerging Media).

I spent two semesters interning at The Spot, a design and print shop located on the University of Central Florida Campus. My responsibilities included designing professional graphics and layouts for local clients, helping customers with printing, and working in the print shop.

The summer of 2010 I interned at C-SPAN in Washington DC in the new media department. I was responsible for designing web pages, banners, graphics and logos as well as updating content on various sites.

Because I am a full time student, I have been involved in several free lance projects over the past 18 months. Some of my clients include the international presidency campaign for the Amalgamated Transit Union, SwimUtopia, Properties in Paradise FL, RSI&T in Clearwater FL, UCF Emergency Services and several others.

I hope to work in the new media field upon graduation doing graphic and web design as well as 3D modeling and animation.
Contact: rblankdesign (at) gmail.com

Chris Villa: Lead Consultant

Chris Villa is in his fifth season as the head coach of IUP's men and women's swim teams. In his first two years with the Crimson Hawks, Villa led the IUP women to third place finishes at the PSAC meet in 2007 and 2008 while the men were sixth both years.

In all, IUP swimmers have combined to establish a total of 10 school records during Villa's tenure.

The swim team also excels in the classroom, with six athletes achieving a 4.0 grade point average in at least one semester during the 2009-10 school year.

Villa has swimming experience outside of his coaching positions, including serving as meet director of the Speedo Champions Series in Annapolis, Md. In that capacity, he organized all the operations of a national competition which consisted of more than 100 teams and 700 swimmers.

Villa was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade and Human Resource Officer at the Naval Academy based on his prior professional experience in the coaching industry.

He has also been a guest swim coach at camps conducted at Navy, Rutgers, Lehigh and Hartwick. A 1999 graduate of Hartwick, Villa earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

Villa and his wife, Jen, are the parents of daughter Elizabeth (4) and son Conner (1). Contact: cvilla (at) iup.edu