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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 our Head Coach, Head Age Group Coach, or the front desk.

Coaching Staff

Mike Travers

Head Coach

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Coach Mike comes to us from Trident Aquatics in Oklahoma where he spent the last year (2019) elevating the status of the team to recognition at both the national and state levels while tripling the roster size.

 

Prior to his time in Oklahoma Mike was an assistant coach at UCSD, working for Head Coach and Olympic Coach, David Marsh. He was the primary sprint coach and assisted with recruiting as well as the strength and conditioning program for all UC San Diego swimmers. In addition to those responsibilities he assisted with Team Elite, David Marsh’s exclusive development group preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games. The team was made up of current American national team members and former Olympians as well as International Olympic hopefuls from China, Israel and Lithuania.

 

Mike has coached at both the club and collegiate levels, having coached over 60 swimmers to the NCAA Championships. In 2016 he had his first Olympic Trial Qualifier in the USA and Canada. He also has had over 50 CSCAA individual Scholar D2 ll-Americans and Multiple Coach of the Year awards.

 

Kristen Foley

Assistant Senior Coach

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Kristen Foley comes to Southwest Aquatics from Trident Aquatics in Oklahoma where she spent 2019 assisting in elevating the status of the team to recognition at both the national and state levels while tripling the roster size.
 

Prior to Kristen’s time in Oklahoma she spent two years as the Head Coach and Aquatics Director at LIU Post in NY. She was elevated to that position after serving as assistant coach for two years. Prior to joining the coaching staff at LIU Post, Kristen served as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s College for the 2015-2016 season.

 
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Kristen has been both an elite and developmental team coach with Team Suffolk since 2011, coaching both junior national and national level qualifiers. She also coached a Boy’s High School Varsity team during that time where she recruited a first year team and produced six All-County qualifiers and one All-State qualifier. Prior to that Kristen coached overseas for two years.
 
During Kristen’s time at the collegiate level she saw four swimmers qualify for the NCAA championships and had several CSCAA Scholar All Americans. She was also the recipient of the ASCA Coach of Excellence award.
 
Kristen graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Nutrition and Food Science.
 

JT Land

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach J.T. has been with the South West Aquatics family since 2012. He has worked his way up from a stroke instructor to team coach. His experience from stroke lessons has easily transitioned into coaching swim team due to his solid foundations in stroke technique and stroke progressions. JT has coached multiple swimmers to the Florida Age Group Championships(FLAGs). His swimmers have won FLAG Championships and set FLAG and Florida records. He has also worked with the PEAK performance camps and has worked with countless athletes of all ability levels.

J.T. has a  bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching from the University of Central Florida. He has a true passion for coaching and enjoys seeing his swimmers accomplish their goals. He bring a high energy and excitement to the pool deck. 
 
JT and his wife Kari live in Winter Garden and have a son, Beckham.
 

Kenna Pasquale

Age Group Coach

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Coach  Kenna  has been coaching since 2014. Hailing from the twin Cities in Minnesota, she established her coaching career as the Head Age Group  Coach for ACDC Swim Club. While overseeing different age  group levels, she built her groups outside the pool by  incorporating dryland workouts, stretching, nutritional lessons, as well as goal-oriented activities. She created monthly parent meetings  understanding how important it is for parents to know what is going on  in and out of the pool. Through these efforts she was able to increase the teams membership and excitement. She has coached swimmers to the Minnesota State Championships, and was able to create an excitement to compete within her athletes.
Coach  Kenna  started swimming when she was 14 years old, competing with  her high school team. Later, she joined Aquajets Swim Club, based in Minnesota. There, she became a 3-time high school state finalist,  obtained junior national time standards and went on to receive a  Division 1 Swimming Scholarship for the University of North Dakota.  Unfortunately, she suffered a lung injury when she was 16 and even  with her comeback, her injury prevented her from fulfilling her  collegiate career.
With her analytical skills, upbeat personality, and her drive for  helping others, Coach  Kenna  is determined to guide swimmers to their  full potential.  Kenna , and her fiancé, Juan, enjoy going on adrenaline  packed adventures and spending time with their dogs Sadie and Chewy.

Mike McGinty

Age Group Coach

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Coach Mike has been coaching since 2001, and has been working with swimmers since 1998. He has coached multiple swimmers from different ages to the Florida age Group Championships(FLAGS) and to the Florida Senior Championships. He has also coached a swimmer who won multiple events at FLAGS. Coach Mike loves developing swimmers and ensuring their progress. He promotes and teaches commitment to his athletes which are important life skills.

Mike grew up in the Dr. Phillips/Winter Garden Area and swam for Coach Bruce Follensbee at Dr. Phillips High School. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is a certified private pilot and a Coast Guard certified boat captain. He enjoys fishing and water skiing in his spare time.