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Coaching Staff

Octavio Alesi

Founder/Head Coach

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Coach Octavio Alesi, competed at both the 2008 Beijing (100m Butterfly) and 2012 London (4x100m Freestyle Relay) Olympics.  This is his fifth season as the founder and head coach of Alpha Aquatics.

Alesi's swimming career began at age five in his home country of Venezuela.  During his high school years, he won Gold Medals at the South American and Central American Championships (2003). After moving to the United States, he continued his success earning Gold Medals (18 & under) in the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the 2005 US Long Course Nationals, becoming one of the fastest age group swimmer in America.

After being recruited to the University of Tennessee, Coach Alesi raced to a total of 15 NCAA All-America Honors and set new school records in the 100 Butterfly and as a member of the 4x100 Freestyle Relay. During his junior season, Alesi became only the second Volunteer to complete the entire dual-meet regular season without losing a single race.

After earning his bachelor's degree in International Studies, Alesi moved to Los Angeles and joined the USC Trojan Swim Club.  He participated in a total of six FINA Long Course and Short Course World Championships, reaching the Semi-finals in 2006 (Shanghai, China) and placing among the fastest swimmers in the planet numerous times. He took part and earned medals in three different Pan American Games, setting a new record in the 100m Butterfly (2007), which qualified him for the 2008 Olympic Games under the guidance of late Tennessee Coach Joe Hendee. 

Coach Alesi has always been passionate about mentoring the next generation.  While in college, he was awarded SEC Volunteer swimmer of the year (2007).  In Los Angeles, he served as an ambassador for the WorldFit Organization, a foundation dedicated to help reduce childhood obesity in America (2010-2012).  Also in Los Angeles, he acted as supervisor for the Trojan Swim Club's outreach program (2014) where the "Learn-to Swim" program continues to benefit hundreds of children in East Los Angeles.  Alesi also was an Assistant Coach for Loyola Marymount University Women's Swim Team where he coached numerous swimmers to the PCSC Championships during the 2016-17 season.

Alex Hubbard

Assistant Coach

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Coach Alex is originally from Phoenix, Arizona.  Her passion for swimming began at age nine when she joined her local club team, Desert Aquatics, to stay cool during the summertime. She continued to swim year-round for Desert Aquatics through high school, where she was an All-American and State Champion team member.  While a high school student, Alex began coaching the 8 & Under group for her club team.  She learned then that she found coaching and helping others very rewarding.

After high school graduation, Alex moved to Los Angeles in search of a milder climate, attending Loyola Marymount University.  She competed all four years at LMU under Bonnie Adair and Clay Evans, and was captain her last two years.  During college, she worked for a novice swim lesson program, Aqua Pro Aquatics, run by her college coaches. After graduating with a degree in English, she stayed in Los Angeles and began coaching for Team Santa Monica in 2005 (in addition to running the Aqua Pro program).  As head age group coach for Team Santa Monica from 2006-2010, Alex coached numerous nationally ranked 12 & Under swimmers (including a number one ranking). She also represented Southern California Swimming as the 11-12 girl’s coach at the North American Challenge Cup (NACC) meet for 3 years (06-09).

Coach Alex was recently at Westside Aquatics (10-16) as well as Palisades High (12-16), and as of 2017, she is very excited to be coaching for Alpha Aquatics. In addition, Alex coaches master’s swimming at UCLA and LMU. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and playing with her Labradoodles.

Scott Hubbard

Assistant Coach

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Scott Hubbard was born in Edina, MN. His first aquatic experience began at the age of 6 months, when his parents enrolled he and his sister in water baby classes. Scott showed proficiency as he grew, and by age 8 had ascended to the top of the swim lessons program. Scott transitioned into competitive swimming and immediately took to the sport with many early successes. In 1984, at age 12, Scott’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Scott joined legendary Hall of Fame coach Sherm Chavoor of the Arden Hills Swim club. Sherm had coached numerous Olympians including Debbie Meyer, Mark Spitz, Mike Burton and, most recently, Jeff Float who was a member of the 1984 4 x 200 “Gross Buster” relay. Scott’s swimming career accelerated under Sherm and by his Junior year in high school he was among the top college prospects in mid-distance freestyle. As a 16 year-old Scott broke the Junior National record in the 200M free with a time of 1:51.64 and attended his first Olympic Trials for the 1988 team. A year later he broke another Junior National record in the 400M free with a time of 3:56.56. Scott then moved to California Capital Aquatics for his final year of high school and trained under Coach Mike Hastings where he placed 2nd at winter nationals in 500 free (4:22:83) and eventually accepted a scholarship to UCLA. Scott swam for the Bruins for 3 years, until the men’s team was cut for Title 9. Scott elected to retire from swimming rather than transfer from UCLA with one year of eligibility remaining. Upon retiring he became an assistant coach at Team Santa Monica, coaching distance freestyle to the Senior and Senior Development groups, as well as coaching masters for SCAQ, LMU and UCLA. Scott still enjoys swimming and will occasionally compete in open water events. He currently lives in Westchester with his wife Alex and his son Lucas.

Ryan Winkler

Assistant Coach

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Ryan biggest strength has always been his devotion to his teams and to the water.  After watching the 2004 Summer Olympics, he joined the YMCA Swim Team at age 8 to improve his swimming skills and conditioning while he played water polo for South Bay United.  When his family moved to El Segundo, he swam with the El Segundo Sea Turtles under Jim Makuta.  He later joined the La Mirada Armada.

He graduated from El Segundo High School in 2015, where he swam and played water polo all four years.  His junior and senior years he was voted most valuable swimmer.  He competed in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and was always a part of relays.

At El Camino College, he continues to both swim and play polo.  Last year he was a starter on the polo team and was named second-team all-state.  He also had an excellent season on the swim team.

In 2015 Ryan started life guarding for the City of El Segundo at the Plunge, where he still works.  In addition to his lifeguard duties, he teaches both group and private swim lessons to all ages. 

His greatest joy comes from seeing the excitement of the young kids as they begin their careers in swimming, and he feels this is his opportunity to give back to the community that supported him on his own journey.

Kelsey Cummings

Assistant Coach

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Kelsey Cummings is originally from El Segundo and began swimming at the Urho Saari Plunge at the age of 6. She excelled as a swimmer under Bob Gillett and Mark Schubert at Golden West Swim Club and El Segundo High School. In high school, she led El Segundo to a CIF championship, qualified for the Olympic Trials in multiple events and eventually made the junior national team.

Kelsey accepted a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and qualified for the NCAA championships. She transferred to the University of Michigan and swam alongside multiple Olympians. Kelsey finished her career at the NCAAs in 2015 and graduated with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. Additionally, while in Michigan, Kelsey coached for Club Wolverine and the University of Michigan Swim Camps.

She has returned home to work on the beach as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard. As a lifeguard, Kelsey has achieved success as the 2017 Ironwoman national champion and became the second woman on the coveted Taplin Bell. She has continued to compete internationally and claimed silver in the surf race at the 2016 World Lifesaving Championships in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Rada E Owen

Assistant Coach

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Alex K Gray

Assistant Coach

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Alex Gray was born in Birmingham, Al. He started swimming at a young age at a local country club. He swam in the summers there until he was 10 years old and decided he wanted to try other sports. He got back into the sport and started swimming competitively at age 16, competing at a local YMCA. He went on to win the high school state swim meet in the 50 free senior year and earned a scholarship to swim for The University of Alabama. In college, he was surrounded by competitive and talented swimmers, and he improved quickly. During his 4 years, he enjoyed many individual successes, and become a staple on relays.  He won an SEC title in the 4x200 Freestyle Relay and earned first team All American status with a 4th place finish at NCAAs with the same relay. He graduated with BS in Business in Marketing. In 2017, he served as the head coach of Greystone Golf and Country Club, the same team he grew up. He recently moved to California where he is currently swimming as a professional in the senior group at Alpha Aquatics.

Kira Meilani Makuta

Assistant Coach

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Kira Makuta was born in the South Bay and raised in El Segundo, California.  She started her early swimming career at the Westchester YMCA and continued at the El Segundo Plunge with the original Seaturtles. After she decided that competitive swimming was her sport, she joined a club swim team in La Mirada where she swam mid-distance freestyle. During her high school career, she finished in the top-8 at CIF finals five times and also competed in national meets in Florida, Washington, and Texas.

Kira was offered a scholarship and chose to swim at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During her time in college, she also competed in the ocean lifesaving circuit competitions all over California. In 2018, she graduated with a BA in public health and completed four years as an MPSF All-Academic scholar athlete. She is passionate about the sport of swimming and is very excited to be coaching at Alpha Aquatics!

Savanna Kim

Assistant Coach

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Coach Savanna was born in La Mirada, CA and grew up in the City of Fullerton. She learned how to swim at BIOLA university and started to swim year round for FAST swim club and started on varsity swim all four years of high school, earning Freshman of the year award. She specialized in IM and butterfly and went on to swim for Loyola Marymount University all four years.
Coach Savanna has been coaching and teaching swim lessons for over 5 years. She has also been and Instuctor for LMU's Summer Swim Camps.

Samantha Smith

Assistant Coach

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Coach Samantha grew up in Culver City, CA and started swimming at a very young age, and learned to swim at the Culver City Plunge so she could join her dad playing in the ocean. At age 8, she began swimming year-round for various clubs in West LA, including TSM and Royal Swim Team. As a high schooler, she competed on the varsity team for Culver City High School and was a CIF qualifier and MVP all four years. She concluded her age group swimming career as a founding swimmer of Alpha Aquatics. Samantha specializes in freestyle and backstroke, and for the past two years, she has been teaching swim lessons and coaching at Loyola Marymount University in the summer camp program.

Natalie Smith

Assistant Coach

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Coach Natalie Smith starting competitive swimming at age six and has been involved in some sort of swimming more or less since she started, which includes swimming on Alpha’s Senior Group towards the end of her time competitive swimming career. In High School, she was a CIF qualifier and was a league champion in 100 yds Butterfly earning MVP HS honors while competing for Culver High School’s varsity team.
Coach Natalie also participated in seven years of junior guards, where she competed in regional and national events, and was awarded national champion for the distance swim. Natalie is passionate about teaching others the knowledge she has and hopefully creating the foundation for someone else’s love for the water. Natalie has been teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding at the YMCA for almost a year now and is very excited to come back to Alpha Aquatics as a coach.

Sergio Ruiz

Assistant Coach

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Sergio is excited to be back on deck after taking a short break from club coaching. Since 2009, Sergio has played important roles in Southern California Swimming- specifically at Beach Cities Swimming, Los Angeles Swim Club, and Royal Swim Team, where he has become known for focusing on swimmers’ personal development, as well as their athletic development.

Sergio grew up in El Paso, TX, swimming for Desert Sharks Swim Club, where he went on to be ranked Top 16 nationally in several events, eventually representing Mexico at the Central American & Caribbean Games - winning Gold and Silver Medals. His swim career was cut short due to shoulder issues, but oddly enough, continued his athletic career as a rugby player for USC.

Sergio went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a Neuroscience degree, and minors in Music Industry and Business. Throughout the years, his philosophy has remained the same: he believes in helping his athletes reach their fullest potential by guiding them to become the best version of themselves on and off deck. He has coached beginners, triathletes, nationally ranked swimmers, elite level athletes, and everything in between.

On his free time, Sergio can be found surfing, skating, and biking around the South Bay. Coach looks forward to sharing his outlook on life with Alpha swimmers, while playing a major role in their personal and athletic development.
Board of Directors

Jebb Dykstra

Board Member - At Large

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Sandi Lee

Board Member - At Large

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Jay Mortenson

Board Member - President

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Mark Young

Board Member - At Large

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