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We are here to support you. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of our coaches.

For administrative questions such as enrollment, dues, safety, or policy issues please contact our team manager or one of our board members. 

Our mailing address is Pearland Aquatics P.O. Box 1957, Pearland, TX 77588. Our phone number to leave a message is 281-692-9988. 

Coaching Staff

John T Burke

Head Coach

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John Burke joined the Pearland Aquatics staff in March of 2008. An ASCA level 4 Senior and Age Group coach, John is the primary coach of the Gold group, but helps out with most aspects of the program. Previously, John was an age group coach in Maryland with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and age group coach and founder of the Annapolis Swim Club. In Maryland, he coached swimmers who placed in the top eight and won events at the Maryland All Star and the Eastern Zone meets. His swimmers have also been ranked in the USA Swimming top 16, and top 10 lists. He also serverd on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors as the Age Group Chair.
 
John moved to Texas in August 2006 to be the Head Assistant Coach with Aquastar where he also helped out in most aspects of the club.  Since being in Texas, John has coached swimmers who have qualified for Sectionals, NCSA Junior Nationals, Winter Juniors, Long Course Juniors, Olympic Trials, won TAGS, have been finalists at the Southern Zone Age Group and Senior meets, and have been ranked in the USA Swimming top 16, and top 10 lists. John coached Adriel Sanes who represented the U.S.. Virgin Islands at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungry. 
 
John met his wife Ann while they were coaching at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.  The Burkes reside in Pearland with their children Emma, Klara, Anna and Jack.

Natalie Faith Melenric

Assistant Coach

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Coach Natalie began her swimming journey with Alvin Aquatic Club at the age of seven. She later joined Angleton Aquatic Club and swam for honors such as Sectionals finalist, Junior Nationals qualifier and Texas Age Group (TAGS) Champion. She swam for Alvin High School where she attended the 5A State meet three years and placed as high as 3rd. She continued her swimming career at Texas Christian University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications. She worked for Pearland Swim Academy while in college and was the head coach of Alvin Aquatic Club for three summers prior to joining PEAK. Coach Natalie currently coaches the Bronze 2 and Senior Groups. 

 

 

Maksims Pimenovs

Assistant Coach

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Maksims started swimming in 1st grade when he was 7 years old in Latvia, Europe. Swam throughout mid and highschool. Compete in local, regional and National level. Also, Maksims was heavily involved in different sports in the High School. He represented his school for several years in triathlon, running, and soccer championships. At the age of 18 years Maksims came to United States to study in the College. He finished college in Brooklyn< NY and earned finance degree. While working at the bank he started to coach part time in Jersey Flyers Aquatic Club. After few years of coaching Maksims received a proposal to come to Los-Angeles, California and be part of Royal Swim Team which was found by Lenny Krayzelburg(4 time Olympic Gold Medalist). Maksims was head age group coach on one of the locations and took a big part of the team development.

Caitlin Cunningham

Assistant Coach

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 Coach Caitlin has been involved with swimming in Brazoria County since she was nine years old. She began swimming for the Alvin Aquatic Club summer league team and moved onto the Angleton Aquatic Club, Coach Rick’s former club, when she was fifteen. After four years of swimming at Alvin High school, she continued her swimming and studies at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. During her four years on the Centenary Ladies’ swim team she qualified for the Summit League All-Academic team and swam personal bests every season. On her summer and winter breaks, she swam with PEAK and worked with Coach Juan at the Pearland Swim Academy. Coach Caitlin graduated from college in May 2009 with a BA in English; she hopes to become an English teacher as well as coach swimming for many years to come.

Charyl Teal

Assistant Coach

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Coach Charyl has been swimming since the age of 3 and along with 4 siblings swam competitively. At 16, Charyl started her professional career in aquatics as a  Lifeguard, summer league swim coach and Water Safety Instructor. For the next 10 years, Charyl worked for the City of Columbus, Easter Seals of Ohio, The Ohio State University, and the YWCA of Columbus. She coached several Swimming and Diving teams, certified numerous lifeguards and has taught over 1000 people how to swim.

After getting a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering Technology, working at NASA and Apple Computer, Charyl started a family.  Once her neighbors realized she taught her children to swim at 2, Charyl set out to teach the neighborhood how to swim.  Through word of mouth, Charyl was able to build The Aquatic Academy, LLC,  her home-based swim school.

Charyl continues to bring her passion for swimming to PEAK as the Age Group I coach, as well as helping with Age Group II, Masters, Techfit and Hot Tamale programs. Charyl's son, Alex swam with Stars 2, and her daughter,  Leia swims with Bronze II.

Ann Burke

Assistant Coach

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Coach Ann has been in love with swimming all her life.  She swam competitively from the age of  five through her senior year at Towson University.  Her coaching career began in 1992 with a summer league team in Delaware and then progressed to USA Swimming clubs such as the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Maryland and PEAK.  Ann is a ASCA level 3 coach. She has placed a swimmer on the USA Swimming top 16 list, had swimmers qualify for, and place at the Eastern Zone Swimming Championships. Ann has had swimmers, and relays qualify for the Texas Age Group Championships (TAGS), and make finals. Currently, Coach Ann is excited to work with swimmers in Age Group 1 and Age Group 2.  

 

 

Thuc Nguyen

Assistant Coach

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Thuc Nguyen was born in Vietnam. He had his first swim lesson at 3 years old to start his competitive swimming carrier at the age of 10 and moved on to Vietnam’s National Team later. After moving to Pearland in 2013, he began work as a lifeguard for the City of Pearland where he guarded PEAK frequently. Thuc decided to join PEAK as a coach to share his own competitive experience with younger swimmer (as a main butterfly swimmer). Thuc is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in pharmaceuticals at TSU and hopes to obtain a master degree in the future. In his free time Thuc enjoys teaching others how to swim. He specializes in teaching technique and skill effective for competitive swimming. 

James Franklin Douglas

Assistant Coach

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Coach James started swimming at the age of 5 while living in California. He moved to Texas at age 13 where he continued to swim throughout middle school and high school. During his high school career he got his first job as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Coach James attended San Jacinto College majoring in business marketing. He has held several positions in various fields, but always had a calling to be in or near the pool including working at several swim schools, and also starting his own in 2016, Little Swimsters. To further his love and passion for the sport, James joined USA Swimming in 2017 and hopes to continue to make a positive impact. Currently, he works with Novice 1, Age Group 1, and Junior Development 1.

Board of Directors

Todd Gapsiewicz

President

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Jose Tafoya

Vice President

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Karen Gapsiewicz

Treasurer

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Chris Bezdek

Secretary

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Amanda Winson

Member At Large 1

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Fran Sanes

Member At Large 2

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Bonnie Rogers

Team Manager

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