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Welcome to the Sedona Swim Team!

Home of the Swordfish! Celebrating our 31st Year!

Our coaches are dedicated individuals that enjoy working with kids and love swimming. Supporting our swimmers is our #1 priority. If you have a question related to workouts, meets, goal setting, or any thing else please contact your coach.

See you on deck!

Coaching Staff

Daniel Morse

Sedona Swim Team Head Coach

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A native of Rhode Island, Dan began his swim career at 5 with the Kent County YMCA and continued with the team until high school graduation in 2007.  His age group career included swimming for local powerhouse Bishop Hendricken High School during their run of 23 consecutive state championships.  Upon graduation Dan swam four years for Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire and was able to set several school records and achieve Division three provisional NCAA cuts.  His coaching career began upon college graduation with the Kent County YMCA for a year before moving back to Keene as the assistant coach for the college and head senior coach for Greenwood Swimming.  During three years coaching with Keene State the program was able to attain multiple All-American's and a ninth-place finish at Division three NCAA.  As the senior coach for Greenwood swimming Dan was the head coach for Kylie Mitchell who qualified for the open water team at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Hungary where she achieved a 4th place finish in the 5k and a bronze medal in the team pursuit.  After working in Keene for three years Dan moved to Carson City, Nevada to be the head age group coach for the Carson Tigersharks.  During his tenure with the team the Tigersharks were able to qualify several age group swimmers for the Far Western Championships.  Coach Dan has his level 2 Certifcation with the US Masters Organization.  Coach Dan is also the Head Coach for Sedona Red Rock High School Swim Team.  He received AIA Division 3 Coach of the Year for 2018.

In addition to coaching Dan has competed in open water swim races in New England and Lake Tahoe as well as a team member for a relay at several half-ironman distance triathlons.  One of Dan's biggest passions outside of swimming is boxing where he has competed as an amateur fighter and trained several amateur fighters throughout his boxing career.

Allison Merkey

Assistant Coach

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Allison is one of our master’s swim coaches and she also coaches the rock shrimp during the summer program. Allison grew up swimming competitively in high school and continued to swim for both the masters swim team at Mary Washington College and for the Henderson Southern Nevada Masters from 2005-2009. She was a trained lifeguard for many years and she also has taught group and private swim lessons throughout her career. While she was a high school teacher, she coached the Desert Pines High School swim team in Las Vegas. In 2018 she graduated from medical school and is currently a local, licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in botanical and homeopathic medicine. She is a runner and hiker and still enjoys practicing with the masters swim team.

Laurie Altringer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Laurie was recruited as an assistant coach on the pool deck in Fall 2019 when she was attending her children's practice.  She joins us with a strong swimming and teaching background.  Laurie was a breaststroker when she was a USA and high school swimmer in New York State.  She lifeguarded and taught swim lessons starting in her teens and continued throughout graduate school.  Since then, Laurie has been a teacher for kindergarten through 8th graders.  She recently obtained her USA Swimming Coach Certification.  As a coach for the Silvers, she is enjoying her return to the swimming world!  The Swordfish feel lucky we found her on deck!

Monique Trujillo

Assistant Coach

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Monique has taught American Red Cross Swim Programs for over 20 years in Arizona, New York and Washington.  Through her love for teaching, she knows that everyone has a different learning process and physical ability.  She believes swim should be taught in a fun, yet structured manner.  Her teaching style gives supportive feedback with encourages positive progression.  Monique is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer for Lifeguarding and Water Safety.  She is a former Swordfish and Sedona Red Rock High School Swimmer.