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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.  

Tim Murphy

Senior Assistant Coach

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Coach Tim is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach in his thirteenth season in SoCal Swimming's Pacific Committee.

Coach Tim's goal is to keep things fast and fun, with a healthy dose of inspiration.  He encourages each member of his athletic family to be committed to each other (aka teamwork) and to the fulfillment of their individual athletic and academic potential.  His extensive and diverse coaching history has led him work with every level of athlete, from novice to Olympian.  Beginning way back in his high school days in the Cincinnati Country Club League, his coaching career includes some time as an undergraduate assistant at Kenyon College, one season at the CIF level with Harvard-Westlake School, six seasons with Team Santa Monica, three seasons with Swim Torrance and six seasons with Westside Aquatics.  Coach Tim's athletes have produced multiple SCS records and achieved at the Junior National level.  From 2008-2010, he was the developmental coach of a 2016 U.S. Olympian and 2015 World Champion.  Throughout his career, he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sport's best athletes, which include an American record holder, NCAA champions, U.S. and Australian Olympic Trials qualifiers, International Open Water medalists, World Junior Team members and numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers.

As an athlete in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim was a U.S. Open qualifier, Junior National qualifier, NAG Top-16 athlete and YMCA National Champion, while representing the Cincinnati Marlins and the M.E. Lyons YMCA.  However, it was his experience as a State Champion and All-American at Cincinnati St. Xavier High School that cemented his passion for the sport.  (Swimming World Magazine recently ranked the St. Xavier High School men's swimming team as the 3rd best high school program in history.)

After graduating from St. X in 1998, he competed for NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was awarded All-Conference honors.  In 2002, he achieved a B.A. in History from Kenyon.

He has given back to the sport as the Pacific Committee's representative to the Southern California Swimming Board of Review from 2011-2016.
 
Coach Tim is grateful to have an amazing support system in his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Rae.  They look forward to seeing Rae in a Beach Cities Swimming cap in a few years!

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.

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.  In 2018 the boys finished 4th at CIF and the team had 6 All American swims, 2 CIF champions and 2 CIF records.  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.  

Dzenan Kapetanovic

Assistant Coach

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Born in Tuzla, Bosnia, Coach Latte (real name is Dzenan) moved to the United States at the age of three. He grew up in Culver City where he graduated from Culver City High School in 2011. Latte currently attends Santa Monica College where he is working on his second degree in Chemistry.

 

Coach Latte’s swimming career began swimming for Coach Monique at the Culver Plunge on a small competitive team called “Competitve Edge.” He also swam in high school and made CIF Finals all four years in the 500 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. He continued on to swim at Santa Monica College and was a part of the State record holding 4x200 Freestyle Relay.

 

 

 

Prior to joining Beach Cities Swimming, Latte had coaching stints at Team Santa Monica and Westside Aquatics. 

 

 

Jerico R Mesina

Assistant Coach

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Christina Paganelli

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coach Association ASCA Level II

Certified Yoga Instruction, 200 hours Yoga Alliance

Bachelor’s in Science, B.Sc. Chemistry

Bachelor’s in Arts, B.A.

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 excellence awards in swimming, and was introduced to national level competitions in both short and long course. Christina swam 19 hours per week until she was forced to take a break because she became ill. For many years the reasons weren’t evident, but in 2003 Christina was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and 6 months later she was overwhelmed with the news that she had stage 4 Thyroid Cancer, which had been growing for 10 years-undetected.     

After available medical procedures were exhausted, Christina had to find a way to survive with the tumors aggressively spreading into her lungs. Christina’s chemistry background led her to think outside the box. She changed her diet, and created an “Elixir” beverage for herself, that not only assisted her health, but earned her numerous Canadian research grants in technology, prestigious recognition for “Innovation in Business”, and an approval to retail her Super Premium Kale Smoothie products at Whole Foods Markets in the USA. 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 continued to stay near water working at swimming pools, camps, and beaches for approximately 10 years. She has over 10 years of experience working with children at crisis intervention centers and Level 5 group homes. Christina has been a School Art Docent for 5 years.

Christina has been on the coaching staff of Beach Cities Swimming for 3.5 years, and enjoys coaching all ages and levels. She also has 3 years experience as an assistant coach at Mira Costa High School.

In 2003 Christina earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Art History). She is certified in ASCA Level II, and a certified yoga instructor, 200Hours.

She is highly self motivated, enjoys business, yoga, ocean swimming, meditating, and dogs. 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, 14) and (Giulia, 12) who love swimming, soccer, and spending time at the beach surfing and swimming under the California sun.

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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