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
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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Alex K Gray
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
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
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!
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
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.
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 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
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.