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Coaches

Welcome to the Sedona Swim Team 

Home of the Swordfish 

Celebrating our 37th 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 anything else, please contact your coach.

See you on deck!

Coaching Staff

Monique Trujillo

Head 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.

Emma Murdy

Head Assistant Coach

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My name is Emma Murdy and this is going to be my 3rd year coaching swim team. I began my coaching career my senior year in high school as an assistant coach for Newport Hills Swim Team in Washington State. That year we swam at the championship meet and we took home the trophy for the 7th year in a row.

At the age of 11 years old I began my swimming career for the Newport Hills Swim Team and I competed with them for 7 years. During those 7 years I participated in the championship meet 6 times taking home the trophy and multiple medals in events. I created lifelong bonds with my teammates and I will never forget the memories that were created. I hope to bring the same energy to the team that my team back home created for me.

Going into High School I joined the Swim Team and swam for them for all 4 years of high school. For my senior year I was made captain of the swim team. Throughout my high school swimming career I swam at the second postseason meet sophomore, junior and senior year.

Following Senior High School swim I was roped into swimming with a local triathlon group, Raise the Bar. They influenced me to begin training for an olympic triathlon. I trained all year for the ChelanMan Olympic triathlon. I placed 2nd overall in my age group as a first time triathlete.

In my free time you can catch me hammocking, hiking or hanging out with my friends.

Andrew W Tate

Assistant Coach

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Andrew started swimming at the age of 8 for the Cottonwood Clippers and joined the Swordfish at the age of 11.  Since then he has qualified for state, zone and sectional meets, placing 3rd in the 1500 meter free at Arizona Senior State Championships  He swam and lettered all four years with the Sedona Red Rock High School Scorpions, where he was team captain for 2 years.  He qualified and placed all four years in the 200 and 500 frees at the Arizona HIgh School State Meet.

He has been a certified USA Swim Coach for the past 2 years.  He has been a certified Red Cross Lifeguard for 3 years and is presently working for the City of Cottonwood.  He is  finishing up his senior year of high school and attends Yavapai College part time.  He is attending Whitman College this coming Fall and plans on studying Computer Science.  He has committed to swim for Whitman College.  Go Blues!!!

In his spare time you can find him hiking extreme distances, rock climbing, river surfing, cliff jumping, wakeboarding, nordic skiing and of course swimming.

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.

Board of Directors

Tom Joseph Hurkett

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Sondra Venegas Springett

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Stephanie Nita Schmid

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Jerrin Morgan

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Sheila Navidi

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Mirka Nieminen

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