Diana Bowen returns for her second year as the head coach for the 2018 summer season. Bowen was the head coach of the girl’s swim and dive program for five seasons at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia and she spent more than 10 seasons coaching in the Jefferson Swim League, a summer swim league serving Central Virginia.
At Western Albemarle, Bowen was named the Jefferson District Girls Swim and Dive Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Under Bowen’s guidance the team were five-time district champions, five-time regional champions, and won three state titles. Bowen was also an assistant coach for the City of Charlottesville Swordfish and an assistant coach and head coach for the Fluvanna Aquatics Sports Team.
Bowen swam competitively for USA Swimming, her high school team, and her local summer league team. Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of Maryland and she is finishing her doctoral degree in mathematics education. In her free time, she enjoys participating in triathlons, playing competitive scrabble, and hiking. She is excited to be a Kings Ridge Water Wizard and she looks forward to a spirited and fun 2018 season!
I began swimming with the Kings Ridge Water Wizards at the age of 7 years old. I loved summer swim immensely right from the get-go. It got me through each end of the school year all throughout my FCPS education. I started club swimming at 7 as well with the Mason Makos. I dropped it when I turned 9 because I then realized how much work swimming actually was. Roughly four years later I tried at the sport again and found a spark once more. It wasn’t until my first real Club Coach passed away when I inevitably decided to quit again. 3 years later during my sophomore year of high-school when I decided to try-out for the 10x state championship swim team, RSD. was the best decision I ever made. Being the oblivious 16 year old I most definitely was I thought of it as just another team (They were really good). At the try-outs for RSD every swimmer there fell into one of two categories. The first being that they really didn’t care for swimming but either there parents made them try-out or they just wanted to see if they could make it without any real prior club experience... or second they had been training club since they first entered the pool. Needless to say I fell into category one. Regardless my lack of experience the new Head Coach, Mike Fones had a one on one talk with me at the team cuts and said he would take a chance on me. I joined the Potomac Marlins to train hard my Junior year and I vowed I wouldn’t let Coach Fones down and up until my final hurrah this past spring of 2018 at Junior Nationals I swam my heart out in every single stroke and in each and every lap. I have one more summer at Kings Ridge and I will make it the most memorable one yet. I achieved all of my goals athletically last summer and over the course of this year but this summer I have goals in a different category. I want to be a more involved and motivational coach as well as a more assisting peer for my fellow swimmers. I want to make the atmosphere of KR as electric and fun as it was when I was an 8&U!
Emily Davis will be coaching her second year as an assistant for the 2018 summer season. Swimming for the Water Wizard since 2011, she has spent 7 seasons looking forward to the excitement Kings Ridge brings to her summers! Davis has also coached the Mini Wizard developmental team since 2014. When she is not swimming in the summer for the Water Wizards, Davis is swimming for her club and high school teams, as well as competing in USA Swimming meets.
A Mason Mako since 2012 and a Robinson Ram swimmer since 2016, Davis has grown to love the sport since moving to Virginia. Originally from San Diego, California, she grew up loving the water and felt right at home when introduced to competitive swimming. Each season she has swam for Robinson, Davis has competed in postseason District meets. Davis, who is currently completing her junior year at Robinson, likes to challenge herself in STEM related fields and activities. She also thoroughly enjoys aviation, learning new things, and the Water Wizards!