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JP hynes

Head Coach

JP started swimming at the age of 6 years old and fell in love with it. He grew up in a military household where a hard work ethic and no-nonsense attitude were the norm. After moving to Missouri in 2006, he and his siblings joined the Kansas City Blazers where they were coached by Gardner Howland. As the youngest of 5 he knew he had lots to prove after his siblings’ trend of success. The uniform desire they shared to push one another to get better cultivated a competitive environment that ultimately led to many great accomplishments. It was from this background that his drive and ambition were derived and fostered, and it is his siblings who are responsible for pushing him every day to achieve his goals and his dream of swimming for a D1 college program.


In 2019, JP left his home in Missouri to swim for the University of Utah. He swam 3 years under Head Coach Joe Dykstra, and then 1 under Head Coach Jonas Persson. While swimming at the U, JP was team captain his senior year, helped set a record in the 4x100 freestyle relay, obtained a spot in the top 5 fastest 100 backstroke times in program history, and qualified for Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke. He attributes his successes to Michele Lowry and Joe Dykstra for initially taking a chance on recruiting him, as well as Jonas Persson and Jos Smith, as they pushed him every day and never gave up on him.


After graduating from the University of Utah in 2023, JP finished his swimming career of 16 years and went on to pursue a career in the world of business. However, he decided that wasn’t for him and he returned to the swimming scene, this time as a coach. He was brought on to Skyline Swim Club by former teammate and friend, Harper Lehman, in late 2023 and has been coaching since.

Nick Skorut


Nick fell in love with swimming as a freshman in high school. His older brother helped motivate him to move into the upper lanes of their high school practice group. He became hooked on the satisfaction of self-improvement, and worked over the next year to qualify for state for Hillcrest High School. His coaching experience started after his sophomore year, when he began coaching himself during the summer as a non-USA club swimmer.  


In college, he joined the University of Utah Club Swim Team, where under Coach Will Reeves he set numerous team records and earned a second place finish in the 50 yard backstroke at College Club Swimming Nationals. He worked to improve his swimming during the summer of 2019 with the help of Swim Utah coaches Ian Clarke and Dusty Ragland. He achieved 5 top 5 finishes at the 2019 USMS National Championship, including a Masters Nationals title in the 50 m Backstroke.


He began to coach at the club level for Swim Utah in the fall of 2019. After Covid he returned to coaching for Rowland Hall High School and Skyline Swim Club. Outside of the pool he enjoys lifting weights, learning languages, and staying up to date on sports science research. 

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