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Beach Cities Swimming Coaching Staff

The BCS staff is dedicated to providing you with the best swim team experience we can, while also "BUILDING WORLD CLASS CHARACTER THROUGH EXCELLENCE IN SWIMMING" If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact the group coach. For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the Head Age Group or Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

Monique Shelton

Head Coach

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Bachelor of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Exercise Physiology

Master of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Sports Medicine

American Swim Coaches Association  - Level 4

Crossfit L1 Certified Trainer

Southern California Swimming Coaches Representative

Coach Monique joined Beach Cities Swimming in April 2013 when the program had 102 kids on the roster.  From 2013 to 2016, the team has grown to 400+, the staff has doubled, the facilities have tripled, and the athletic accomplishments are off the charts!  USA Swimming now ranks BCS in the top 200 clubs in the USA out of  2,800+.  BCS, is recognized as a Bronze Medal Club, and we are looking to obtain Silver while maintaining our mission of “Building World Class Character Through Excellence in Swimming.”

Before BCS, Monique spent seven years at Team Santa Monica, where she was a Head Site Coach, Senior Assistant, and Strength Coach for the National training group. She has helped develop swimmers to compete at all levels from Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Jr. Nationals, Sr. Nationals, US Open, Olympic Trials and Para-Olympic Trials.  Previously, she was Head Coach at Streamline Aquatics, Head Age Group Coach for both Phoenix Swim Club and Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and has coached Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming in Missouri and California. She brings over 35 years of coaching, teaching, and strength training experience to Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique is a firm believer that quality is more important than quantity. She strives to balance skill development with performance development because she sees this as the key to producing fast, well-rounded athletes. Physical literacy, including kinesthetic awareness, is a foundation in training at Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique has a lifelong love of sports and competition. She began her swimming career at age four with Phillip 66 Swim Club in Huntington Beach, CA, under the tutelage of Flip Darr and Don Gambril, two of America’s “Swimming Greats.”  Monique was a very accomplished multi-sport athlete: National JO’s  (now called Junior’s) All-State athlete in both basketball and track, and a College All-American. Monique enjoys staying fit, racing outrigger canoes on a national and international level to keep her competitive skills sharp, and always enjoys the fun of a good surf session.  The tapestry of formal educator training, management experience, personal athletic accomplishment, and breadth of coaching experience brings a level of knowledge to Beach Cities Swimming that is unmatched. No matter where her path takes her, her heart is in the water and in competition. She will always keep her connection to the water and sharing what it means to be an athlete with others. 

Research/Publications:

Article: Rohrs, D., Shelton, M., Arabas, C., "The Relationship between seven Anaerobic Power Tests and Swim Performance," published Journal of Swimming Research. 1991; 6:4 15-19.

Abstract: " The Effects of Carbohydrate Supplements on Blood Lactate Concentrations and Heart Rates for Incremental Workloads." Clithero, L., Shelton, M., Arabas, C. Presented at the National Strength Coaches Meeting, San Diego, June 90.

Adriana Quirke

Head Age Group Coach

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Adriana has been the Head Age Group Coach with Beach Cities Swimming for two years.

Adriana grew up swimming in Eugene, OR for Head Coach Scott Kerr at Eugene City Swim Club, now known as Team Eugene Aquatics. In Oregon, Adriana was a multiple time State Champion as well as State record holder (State of Oregon and High School) from the ages of 8-17. While swimming in Oregon, Adriana was a High School All-American as well as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Adriana earned a full Division I swimming scholarship where she competed and graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Physical Education in Sports Science, At the University of Idaho, Adriana swam for three-time Olympian Tom Jager. Upon graduation, Adriana began coaching Division I swimming while coaching for Jager’s club swim team, Gold Medal Swim Club. Jager and Adriana then went across the border and she coached four years at Washington State University where she recruited Jasmine Margetts – thus meeting Coach Monique and was able to observe the growth that was happening at Beach Cities Swimming.

Swimming has always been a part of Adriana’s life and has molded her into the person she is today. She enjoys sharing her passion for swimming and how much the sport of swimming can influence/teach an individual, both in and out of the water.  

Stefanie Capizzi

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2
 
Coach Stefanie Capizzi joins Beach Cities Swimming after spending the past four years with Swim Torrance.  While at Swim Torrance, Stefanie coached all different age groups, producing age-group and JO championship qualifiers and a Sectionals qualifier.  Prior to Swim Torrance, she spent two years as the Assistant Swimming and Diving coach for Occidental College.  While at Oxy, Stefanie helped coach numerous all-conference team members, including several conference champions, and culminating with a NCAA Division 3 national champion in 2013.

Prior to Occidental College, Stefanie served as the Assistant Director for the Trinity Prep Aquatics pre-team in Orlando, FL. She was responsible for the development and training of new competitive swimmers.  She also served as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the city of Oviedo FL.

Stefanie was a four-year letter winner for the Hamilton College Continentals Swim Team, Clinton, NY from 2005-2009.  As a senior, Stefanie was a captain for the Hamilton College women’s swim team. She was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Sportsmanship team in 2009.

Stefanie continued to swim after graduating from Hamilton.  She swam with the UCF club team, winning three events (400 IM, 200 & 100 Breaststroke) at the 2011 East Coast Championships.  She is a YMCA Masters national champion and record-holder and US Masters Swimming National Champion, Top Ten and All-American swimmer.  Stefanie still currently swims for the Rose Bowl Masters team.

She graduated from Hamilton College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics.  Stefanie also earned a Master’s degree in Sports and Fitness with a certificate in Sports Leadership and Coaching from the University of Central Florida in 2011.

Romina M Caristo

Assistant Coach

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Coach Romi was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 11, she began competing on a National level in her native country. Between the ages of 12 and 13, she swam three open water river races and one ocean race. At the age of 16, Romi competed at the Argentine National Championships in the 200 meter breaststroke, 100 meter breaststroke and the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. In 1991, she began working as a swim instructor and has had the passion for it ever since. In 2002, she got her BA in Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA)

 

She moved to Redondo Beach in 2002 where she has been working as a swim instructor in 2005 (Spectrum Clubs) and as a freelancer graphic designer (Bahia Sur Design). In 2005, she worked as a Los Angeles City Lifeguard and swim instructor. In 2012, she joined South Bay Swim Team (SOBA) as a C group coach, teaching younger swimmers (5-7 years old) and older division twice a month.

 

Romi has competed in every Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier 2-mile ocean swim since 2002; she even swam it in 2003 while six months pregnant with her daughter, Ina. In 2015, she had the best gift on her b-day - Ina swam the P2P right next to her! She also lead a group of swimmers from her SOBA team. 

 

In 2007, Romi competed in the Hermosa Beach Triathlon (Day at the Beach) and took 1st place in the mountain bike division. She has run the Manhattan Beach and the Redondo Beach 10k on a few occasions. In addition, she swam the first leg of the 2010 Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon relay, where her team took first place. She ran the Palos Verdes Marathon two times (1st year-1st place and 3rd place-2nd year in her age group).

 

Coach Romi has two children Ina and Ruka - also BCS swimmers as well as soccer players. She enjoys going to beach and loves Skittles!! Romi uses swimming as her therapy. She shares her passion for the sport with the BCS swimmers right now and is a Mira Costa High School coach as well! 

Emily Ewart

Assistant Coach

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Coach Emily Ewart grew up in Redondo Beach swimming and playing water polo for Redondo Union High School. Emily has taught swim lessons and coached BCS pre comp groups since their beginning in 2011. Emily graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a B.S. in Cross Categorical Special Education. After teaching in Tucson, Arizona for two years and coaching the Amphitheater High School swim team, Emily moved back to Redondo Beach. Emily is excited to be back with BCS and share her love of swimming with the athletes at BCS!

Alexandra Isham

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coaches Association - Level 3

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Master of Fine Arts - Cinema Production

Ali grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where she always had a love of the water. She started swimming competitively in 4th grade and competed for the local club team SWAT, which is where she got her first experience in teaching swimming with their Swim America program. She swam on the Franklin High School varsity team all four years, and was MVP for the last two. Ali also competed internationally in Sydney, Australia, with the People to People ambassador group where she was a member of the USA gold medal winning 200 Free relay team, and also took silver in the 50 Free. Ali spent her first two years of college at Wisconsin - La Crosse where she swam for a year and a half before a shoulder injury forced her retirement from swimming.

In 2006 Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend grad school at USC where she earned an MFA in Cinema Production in 2009. Ali started coaching club in 2010 with ZAP, and spent 3 years with La Mirada Armada at their site in Palos Verdes.  She also coached at Peninsula High School where she led the Girl's Varsity team to Bay League championships from 2012-2015, 11 school records, an 11th place finish at CIF.  She is now Head Coach at Mira Costa High School where the girl's team won Bay League in 2017, finished 9th at CIF, and the teams combined broke 11 school records and had 4 All American Swims in the first year.  The Daily Breeze named Ali All Area Girl’s Varsity Coach of the Year in 2012, 2015 & 2017.  She currently lives in Redondo Beach where she participates in CrossFit, open water swimming, and Spartan Races... most recently competing in Lake Tahoe at the Spartan Race World Championships.  Days off are generally spent at Disneyland.  

Christina Paganelli

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2

Christina grew up in Canada with big aspirations of being a swimmer. Christina began swimming competitively at age 11 and, by age 12, was recognized for a number of awards such as athlete of the year, and most improved swimmer. Christina swam a total of 19 hours per week, and was the youngest swimmer to be introduced to national level competitions in both short and long course. Christina swam at this intensity until age 13, when she became very ill. Years later, Christina was diagnosed with stage 4 Thyroid Cancer, and Multiple Sclerosis, which took her ambitions in a different direction. 

In 2003 Christina earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Art History). In 2007, as health was her main priority, Christina started investigating alternative eating habits, and as a result, created a Kale beverage which earned her numerous research grants and recognition for “Innovation in Business”. In 2012, Christina introduced her fruit and vegetable beverages to over 200 Whole Foods Markets across the USA, and moved to Redondo Beach, to oversee the manufacturing of her products in Carson, CA. 

Christina became certified as a lifeguard at age 16, and worked at swimming pools and beaches for approximately 10 years. She has experience teaching swimming lessons to all ages, and coached masters swimmers at the YMCA. She is a school art docent and enjoys instructing children of various ages. She is highly self motivated, active in yoga, and regularly takes part in swimming. Her history of recovery from 2 life threatening illnesses, incorporating proactive health and wellness, provides inspiration to many people of all ages.

Christina has a husband (Rob) and two children (Antonio, 11) and (Giulia, 9) who love swimming, soccer, and spending time at the beach surfing and swimming under the California sun.

Taylor L Rice

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2

Coach Taylor joins BCS after moving to Long Beach from Redlands, CA, where she coached at Moreno Valley Aquatics for three years, working with three groups of various age and skill levels, and volunteered with Valley View High School swimming team, helping run weight training sessions, drylands, and morning practices.

Taylor’s first experience in the water was at Laguna Beach, where she crawled away from her parents to follow her older sister and play in the waves. She could float before she could stand>

After graduating, Taylor moved back to Redlands to start her freshman year of college, studying Creative Writing at the University of Redlands, where she also swam. She took her Sophomore year off for shoulder injuries, but returned her Junior year, when she also began age group coaching for Moreno Valley Aquatics and fell in love with teaching the skills of the sport and mentoring kids. Despite some health concerns at the end of her Senior season, she ended with all personal records. She finished out her remaining two semesters part time, graduating in April 2016.

As a coach, Taylor gets her best performances when she feels her athletes get just as much respect as they give, both in the water and out. She believes in positive reinforcement, encouragement, and being a source of constructive change, and that no matter how long it takes, success is just a matter of endurance and self-respect.

Sergio R Ruiz

Assistant Coach

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Sergio is thrilled to join Beach Cities after spending 5 years at Los Angeles Swim Club, where he was the Associate Head Coach - running a high level Junior Olympic group and a Senior Development group.  Before that, Sergio shared the deck with Coach Monique (@ TSM at the time) while working with Royal Swim Team.  

 
Growing up in El Paso, TX, Sergio swam 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.  After a short stint pursuing a career in the music industry, Sergio stumbled upon a coaching job and instantly fell in love.  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 the deck - day in & day out.  He has coached beginners, triathletes, nationally ranked swimmers, elite level athletes and everything in between.
 
On his free time, Sergio enjoys surfing, swimming, hiking and terrific food.  He is a swim coach for life, and looks forward to putting his heart into ensuring Beach Cities' continued growth and success!!

Clare Siverts

Assistant Coach

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Clare started swimming for Beach Cities Swimming at twelve and stayed on the team for almost three years.  During this time, she slowly learned to love swimming and competing, growing personally and developing confidence and drive for swimming.  She started working as a coach for Beach Cities Swimming in late 2014 as a pre-comp instructor where she found a passion for teaching young swimmers and helping them grow in the sport she loves. 

 

Clare is a breaststroker for the El Camino College swim team, earning 2nd in the 200 breaststroke and 4th in the 100 at south coast conference in 2017.  She is transferring to University of Mary in North Dakota to study special needs coaching and will continue to swim at the NCAA division 2 level.  She looks forward to the opportunities and challenges that a future in swimming holds and hopes to continue to help young swimmers as they start and grow in this amazing sport.

Board of Directors

Kathy Nielsen

President

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Marcie Cullen

Secretary

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Rebecca Kandel-Scott

Social Events/Club Excellence

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Monique Shelton

BCS Head Coach

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Kimberly Crisera

Meet and Volunteer Coordinator

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Alec Campbell

Treasurer

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Marie Beetner

Member at Large

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