One of the Bulldog’s fastest improving programs, Coach Elizabeth Lykins has guided the now four-year-old swimming program since its inception in 2012. At the helm for all four seasons, Lykins has made incredible strides with the program instituting a culture of personal growth, exceptional academics and fast swimming.
In 2015-16, the Bulldogs finished seventh at the CCSA Conference Championships and Lykins was named Co-Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs tallied 506 total points at the CCSA Championships, their most ever in program history. At the CCSA Championships, freshman Morgan Rulevich placed second in the 200 Yard Breaststroke, achieving the first NCAA Provisional (B) Cut in Asheville program history with her time of 2:15.45. Rulevich was also named to the All-Conference team for her efforts this season. As a program, the Bulldogs set 10 team records during the season and five freshman records.
The 2014-15 Bulldogs concluded their season at the CCSA Conference Championships where they amassed 422 points and finished in seventh place. That score more than tripled the Blue and White’s previous highest point total of 135 points set in 2013. Over the course of the four-day event, the team broke 10 school records and five freshmen records.
In the team’s previous two seasons, Lykins led small teams to numerous achievements. The 2012 inaugural squad finished 9th place at the CCSA Conference Championships. Despite only carrying eight swimmers, Galen Broido earned Asheville's first podium finish (2nd, 1650y free) and was named to the All-Conference team. In 2013, the Bulldogs scored their first winning season with a 6-5 dual meet record.
Additionally, the Bulldogs have become a perennial academic powerhouse. The squad has earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholastic All-American honors for seven-straight semesters. Additionally, 39 individuals have been named to the CCSA All-Academic team over the course of four seasons.
Prior to her leadership at Asheville, Lykins was an assistant coach under Neal Studd at Florida Gulf Coast University. During her tenure with the Eagles, the team achieved four-straight CCSA conference championships as well as a runner-up finish in 2006. Her coaching helped produce two conference Swimmer of the Year, and three Rookie of the Year awards while also generating numerous all-conference honors and team record holders. Additionally, Studd was named Coach of the Year twice.
Before arriving in Fort Myers, Lykins was an assistant for three seasons at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Her athletes posted 170 lifetime bests, eight individual conference titles, three varsity records and 14 freshmen records.
Her first coaching assignment came at Georgia Southern University as a graduate assistant. In her two years with the program, the squad garnered three individual conference titles, six all-conference members, one female conference swimmer of the meet and two top-three team finishes at the conference championships. While at GSU, Lykins also earned her master’s degree in Sports Management.
After graduation, Lykins was the head coach of the Telluride Torpedoes for four seasons while also working as an income auditor and financial reporter for the Telluride Ski & Golf Company.
A 1998 graduate of the School of Business at College of Charleston, Lykins received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She was a four-year letter winner on the swimming team and placed herself on the athletic honor roll each season. A captain for her junior and senior seasons, she was also named the women’s team MVP in 1998.
Lykins is from Gainesville, Georgia.