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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact peakswimming@gmail.com.

Coaching Staff

Abi Liu

Head Coach

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In 1983, Bichun Abi Liu (known as Abi) began swimming when she was 8 years old in a small town in southern China. Unlike other young kids in China, Abi was a product of the exclusive Chinese sports system. Her daily routine included swimming three to five hours a day, while being recognized as a model student of her city. After winning the Junior National Championships at 13 years old, Abi was recruited to the Chinese National Team and was the youngest swimmer on the team at the time. At age 14, she left home and went to Beijing where she spent her teenager years with her national team teammates and coaches. During those 7 years in Beijing, she was only allowed to go home to visit her family 15 days a year. Her swimming friends became her new family.

 

Her seven years of hard work in Beijing paid off, as she became one of the top swimmers in China. She became a national record holder in the 200 meter backstroke, won the National Championships twice, the 1993 FINA World Cup, and was a silver medalist at the 1994 Asia Games.

 

In July 1997, Abi was recruited by the University of Reno Nevada as a student-athlete.  With some hesitation Abi left China and came to the U.S. without speaking a word of English and not knowing anyone. During her first year in Reno, she wanted to go back home as she felt frustrated and struggled adapting to a new way of life. However, through patience and perseverance she eventually started enjoying her life in the U.S.

 

When Abi decided to retire from swimming, she made a decision to give up her full scholarship with the University of Reno Nevada and moved to the Bay Area. Although she is no longer competing, her passion for swimming never stops. She started her coaching career in 1999 and eventually founded her own competitive swim team, PEAK Swimming, in 2010.

In 2010, Abi opened her own swim school, with her reputation and hard work, her swim school quickly became one of the largest swim schools in the Bay Area. In 2012 she opened a second school, and her company now has over 100 instructors and has grown to 4,000 students. Abi is fortunate to share her love and expertise for swimming with a new generation of swimmers.

 

As a result, her swimmers have been recognized as USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming Age Group Record Holders and Top 10s, Olympic Trial and National qualifiers, Junior National and Sectional champions, and Far Western and Junior Olympics champions. She assisted the 2008 USA Olympic Team with swimmer statistics and has coached the USA Swimming Diversity Camp at the Olympic Training Center and the North American Challenge Cup, Western Zone and Pacific Coast All-Star teams. Coach Abi is two times winner of Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award.   

 

By sharing her personal and professional journey, Abi hopes her life will inspire others. Abi has proven that no matter what your background is, or what obstacles you may face, no dream is too big. If you follow your heart and stay true to yourself, amazing things can happen.

Chris Scott

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Chris is entering his 7th year with Peak Swimming and is our current Head Age Group Coach. During his time with Peak, Chris has served as a coach for our Team Fit groups, Gold, and now is the Head Coach of our Jr Elite training group. Coach Chris also as serves as assistant to our Elite training group. 
 
As a swimmer, Chris started late as a high school Freshman at the age of 13. Just three years later, he had improved from first learning the 4 strokes to becoming a CCS finalist and 3-time High School All American in his Senior year. This rapid growth was fueled by tenacity and an internal drive to learn and improve his technical base, traits he incorporates as part of his own coaching philosophies and hopes to instill within each athlete he works with. Chris was also a CCCAA State finalist in both individual and relay events competing for West Valley College.
 
As a coach, Chris has led his athletes to JO's and Far Western event and High Point winners, and has also produced multiple Sectional, Futures, and Junior National qualifiers. 
 
Chris has earned a BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, with an emphasis in exercise and fitness. Chris is also a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

Bryan Ngo

Age Group Coach

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Bryan started club swimming at 8 years old with Santa Clara Swim Club and continued with the club until he graduated high school.  Although he went to CCS, he was not dedicated to swimming and did not progress far,and is one thing that he regrets. During high school Bryan also played water polo and continued playing as he went to De Anza, as well as giving the swim/dive team a try. In Bryan’s second year of De Anza he started coaching at PEAK , reigniting his interest in swimming.

One of Bryan’s interests is coaching and seeing his swimmers progress and develop.  Other hobbies he enjoys are reading online, pc gaming, and sleeping the day away. He also enjoys traveling abroad and exploring new and fun areas.  Bryan also likes sports and exercise, like water polo, swimming and going to the gym.

Some things Bryan expects from both his groups is to find something to enjoy about swimming, weather it is a stroke or event, to the process of competition or daily challenge of practice.  An important skill he wants his swimmers to learn is to listen and think. Bryan believes that if a swimmer has a question it shows that they are listening and thinking to a certain degree. A last thing he wants is for swimmers to be happy doing whatever they set out to do.

Antoinette Loya

Age Group Coach

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Coach Antoinette has just joined PEAK as our current platinum coach. She has been coaching summer team for 4 years then moved on to year round coaching in 2017. Although she is new to the year round coaching environment her experience with swimming will help her and her swimmers improve together as a team. Coach Antoinette also serves as the assiant coach to the gold group. 

Antoinette started her carrer with swimming when she was about 8, competeing in summer team for about 3 years in Union City, CA. She then moved to a year round team called California Dolphin Swim team. She improved all 4 strokes and ended up being able to move on to high school being one of the top swimmers in the league. She made NCS all 4 years finaled in the last 2 years and qualified for states and placed 6th overall in 50 free. She also won an award for All-American Scholar Athlete. Antoinette ended up being recruited to San Jose State University and currently swims and competes with SJSU. She has made finals for 50 free and 100 fly in her conference championships and is top in her team for 50 freestyle.

Coach Antoinette is currently studying at San Jose State University as Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.