Club LGBTQ Swimming Lincoln

United States Masters Swimming

Member of International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics

Welcome to the Team

Ben Buras

President, Director, Treasurer,

Secretary, and Head Coach

Ben  was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and swam for Millard Aquatic Club, Millard West, Truman State University, and Irvine Novaquatics.

He was coached by such greats as Craig Kersten, Jeanie Neal, David Lammel, Tom Beck, Tracy Stauffer, Seth Huston, and Colleen Murphy, the latter two named two of CSCAA's Greatest 100 College Swimming Coaches of the past 100 Years for their Centennial Celebration on December 7, 2021.

Ben has won multiple Nebraska swimming awards including gold medals in the 50 M Freestyle in 1995, 1997, and 1999, the latter being the Senior age group.  He also swam the butterfly leg on the winning 200 Y Medley Relay for Millard West at State in 2000.

Fall - Spring

Practice Schedule

Cooper YMCA

Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Saturday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Sunday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

NOTE: anyone practicing at any YMCA is required to pay the YMCA monthly fee for full access to the facility regardless of club affiliation.

Emma Swanwick


Emma hails from England and New Zealand.  She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology: The use of blood glucose to assess athletic performance. Salford University, UK. 2020

She has coached Zoë Baker who won the gold medal and broke the world record in the 50 M Breaststroke at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Emma also previously coached Fraser Walker who was the first British swimmer to break the 2:00 barrier for the 200 M Individual Medley and held British records in the 100 and 200 IM.  He won gold medals at the World Student Games, and a silver medal at the World Championships in 1993.

Additionally Emma is an Assistant Coach for the Bates College Bobcats.

Summer Fees

Woods Memorial Pool

Club LGBTQ Fee: $24.16 / mo.

Yearly Fees

US Masters Fee: $70 / yr

Fall - Spring Fees

Cooper YMCA

Club LGBTQ: $5.16 / mo.

YMCA Age 19-25: $39 / mo.

YMCA Age 26-59: $49 / mo.

YMCA Age 60+: $45 / mo.

What is the Safe Space Alliance?

The Safe Space Alliance is a LGBTQI+ led nonprofit organisation that aims to help people identify, navigate, and create safe spaces for LGBTQI+ communities worldwide. Being part of the Safe Space Alliance is being part of a global and collaborative safe space community.

What is a safe space?

A safe space is a space where LGBTQI+ communities can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that does not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards LGBTQI+ communities.

A safe space does not guarantee 100% safety, rather, it’s a space that has your back if an incident (violence, bullying, or hate speech) were to occur.