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Kenneth R. Spencer

Head Coach - Senior Performance

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Luke Rees Stocker

Head Age Group Coach - Central AG and SD

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Coach Luke has been part of SMAC since 2014.  Luke grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where he swam from the age of 10 until graduation high school.  He continued his competitive swimming career at Whitworth University, swimming on the varsity team all four years from 2004-2008.   

After college Luke joined the Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team, where he coached novice, age group, senior and national levels.  Luke also ran the strength program for the national level swimmers and was two-time Age Group Zone Assistant Coach.  During his tenure at CAST, Luke was elected to the Age Group Chair position for Inland Empire Swimming. 

In 2012, Luke became the head coach of PRO Swimming in Bellevue, WA.  While directing the competitive swimming program, PRO reached its highest VCC ranking 2 years in a row, produced Regional champions, and over a dozen team records. 

Luke transitioned to the role of Head Age Group Coach with SMAC in 2014.  In this role he has been able to work directly with every group on the team, from CAATfish to Senior Performance.  The scope of Luke’s experience and access to multiple groups has helped his swimmers break over 20 team records and win multiple regional titles.

Derek W Young

Head Site Coach - View Ridge

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Derek’s swimming career started in the Northern Virginia Swim League, one of the nation’s oldest and largest youth summer swim leagues, when he was six years old. Carried to early relay success by older swimmers and unable to hit live pitching, Derek began swimming year-round for the Arlington Aquatic Club. He officially became a swammer after four years as a member of the varsity swim team and letter winner at the University of Maryland. After graduation Derek spent close to two years as a lobbyist on Capital Hill before returning to the sport of swimming as a coach; first for Langley High School, then Great Falls Swim and Tennis in the NVSL and then as an age group coach for Arlington Aquatic Club. For the last nine years, Derek has been a fulltime coach for Arlington Aquatic Club, Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), and the Sandhills Sand Sharks. During his career, Derek has worked with swimmers of all ages and ability and achievement levels. He believes in creating an environment where every athlete can grow into the best version of themselves.

Sean Tento

Head Site Coach - Mercer Island

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Sean grew up in Seattle, swimming for the West Seattle YMCA and then for KING. In college, Sean swam four years for Eastern Michigan University as a distance swimmer. While at Eastern Michigan Sean earned a degree in Exercise Science, expanding his knowledge on human anatomy and physiology. He also gained a better understanding of how to improve the strength, conditioning, and nutrition of the active population. Using ten years of experience and knowledge, Sean aims to enhance swimmers abilities in  and out of the pool with an enjoyable and energizing approach.  

Sean is the lead site coach, running all groups, at our MSC pool. He also develops purposeful and effective dryland programs for the team.

LeAnne C McClaskey

Head Site Coach - Tukwila

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As a Seattle native, LeAnne grew up in the Rainier Beach area and attended Seattle Preparatory School.  She swam locally with Chinook Aquatic Club before making the move to Salmon Bay Aquatics where she became a national level swimmer. 

After her collegiate career, LeAnne coached for the UCLA masters swim team before moving back to the PNW where she began her coaching career with Chinook Aquatic Club as well as a career in Real Estate.  LeAnne believes that her commitment and discipline to the sport has translated to her success outside of the pool.  With years of swimming under her belt, she hopes to make an impact with her athletes.

Swimming Career Highlights

  • UCLA Scholarship Athlete
  • 1997 Junior National West 200 Backstroke Champion and Record Holder
  • Senior National Qualifier in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle
  • 2000 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 100 backstroke
  • NCAA Qualifier & All-American
  • UCLA’s Women’s Pac-10 Championship Team, 2001 & 2003

Coaching Background

  • 2018 PNS All-Star Coaching Staff
  • Chinook Aquatic Club 2004-2012
  • UCLA Masters 2004
  • Lakeridge Swim and Tennis Club 2003

Tommy Cunningham

National - MIBC

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Tommy Cunningham has been involved in Pacific Northwest Swimming since he was 10 years old. As an athlete he was a National Championship qualifier that went on to swim for the University of Washington. 

In 2010, he began coaching for King Aquatic Club as an assistant coach. Since then he’s been able to coach every group on the club leading him to being the National/Senior coach at the North site. The athletes have quickly excelled under his tutelage as evidenced by his swimmers having broken more than 100 team records, over 70 PNS records, and have set 10 National Age Group records. His athletes have set over 80 national top-ten rankings and have posted more than 50 national all-time top 100 times. In the 2017-2018 short course season all 50 of the athletes in his group qualified for either Senior Sectionals or Age Group Regionals.

Tommy’s coaching style puts a large emphasis on teaching elite technique in addition to providing every athlete with the opportunity to be great.

• 2017, 2018 American Swim Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist

• 2017 Pacific Northwest Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year

• 2014, 2016 Head Coach, PNS Zones Team

• 2016 Head Coach, PNS All Star Team

Tomas J Mendez

National, Senior Performance - Evergreen

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Tomas Mendez joins SMAC after spending the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach with Seattle University. During his time there he was lead coach for the sprint group, helping swimmers to multiple school records and program top 10 times. Prior to his experience at Seattle U, Tomas had spent 3 seasons with Pacific Lutheran University as an assistant coach. During his 3 years, he helped the women’s program win 2 conference championships, as well as multiple individual champions on both men’s and women’s sides.

As Tomas gained experience at the collegiate level, he was able to balance coaching at the club level with KING Aquatic Club. He spent 4 years with KING, first starting with Coach Tommy at the North site then moving to be lead coach for Age Group and Regional groups in the South. During his 3 years at KCAC, Tomas helped lead swimmers to records ranging from team, to PNS, and even coached members of National Age Group setting relays. Swimmers in his Regional group were able to reach Top 10 in USA Swimming, as well as set numerous PNS Top 16 All Time times and multiple USA Swimming All Time Top 100 times.

As a swimmer, Tomas swam for Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon for 10 years. He then moved on to swim at Seattle University for 4 years, setting school records in the 200 fly and 800 freestyle relay. Tomas graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Science. Away from the pool, Tomas likes to stay healthy by eating well and staying fit. He also likes to spend time with fiance, Marley.

Keith Ure

Age Group and AGP - Kent

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Keith Ure has over 30 years of coaching experience beginning in 1987 with the Kent Area Dolphins.  Keith was heavily involved with the formation of King Aquatic Club, bringing Kent area Dolphins and Highline Swim Club together in 1996.  In addition to over 30 years of Club Coaching experience, Keith also has 6 years Head Coach/Assistant Coach experience with Summer League Clubs (KSTC/Arbor Heights), and 9 Years as a Head High School Coach (Evergreen/Hazen).

Keith has been involved at the Pacific Northwest Swimming level serving as Head Coach of All-Star Teams and Assistant Coach of All-Star Teams on a number of occasions.  Keith has also served on a number of Zone Team staffs as well.  

Keith has been recognized with a number of honors including:

• American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year (PNS) – 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015

• American Swimming Coaches Association National Age Group Coach of the Year Top Ten Finalist – 2015

Keith has a track record of producing results with athletes credited for:

• 14 National Age Group Records

• Multiple Swimmers on the USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 List

• Over 200 National Top 16/National Top 10 Rankings

Keith currently works at Boeing as an Engineering Manager on a Defense Program. 

Julian Alejandro Morales

AGP and Senior Performance - MIBC/NH

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Julian Morales graduated from Seattle University in June of 2018 with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. While in school, Julian was a part of the Men's Swim Team where he was selected to join the Academic All-Conference Team three times. 

Originally from Chihuahua, Julian returned to Mexico to compete at the Mexican Nationals on three occasions, winning several medals as part of relay teams.

Julian started his coaching career while still in school as he worked for Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club, and shortly after that got hired by The Race Club before deciding to return to SMAC.

When he is not on deck or in the water, Julian enjoys listening to classic rock, watching The Office, and playing Spike Ball.

Kieran James Schaefer

Senior & Masters ? Central

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Kieran came to SMAC after a 4 year career as a varisty swimmer at Seattle U.  Coach Kieran runs our Senior Group in Central Seattle as well as the SMAC Masters program.  Kieran was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, which includes his time swimming for Seattle University. He grew up  club swimming in Oregon, and was a 50, 100, 200, and 500 yard freestyler.

Maki Moore

Age Group Performance - Central

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Coach Maki Moore grew up in the Normandy Park area where her love for the sport began as a member of the Normandy Park Swim Club. Her passion for swimming continued to flourish and she joined a year-round club team. This allowed her the competitive training to qualify for such meets as Age Group Zones where she won the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle. During her high school years, Maki was a Washington State champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle multiple times and set League, District, and State records. She has competed at Junior Nationals, Nationals, the US Open and was a member of 3 National Age Group Record setting relays.  Her success in the sport allowed her to receive a scholarship from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Maki has a passion for technical excellence and injury prevention.  A shoulder injury fueled her curiosity and desire to educate her athletes on ways to avoid injury. While in Las Vegas, she coached for Las Vegas Swim Club and Desert Storm Swimming. Her swimmers have qualified for the SCS Age Group Invitational, Junior Olympics, PNS Champs, NW Age Group Regionals, and Zones. She strives to educate swimmers to apply the lessons learned in practice to their everyday lives.

Maki has her Bachelor’s in Business and Sport Management, her Master’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Sport Performance Enhancement. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. You will find Maki at the pool in her spare time as she still competes at the National level in US Masters Swimming. Her husband, Bobby, is a firefighter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Together, their love for health and wellness keeps them busy lifting weights and finding other fun ways to incorporate exercise into their day.

Chelsea Bailey

Senior - MIBC

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Coach Chelsea has loved the water long before she started competing; However, it was during the school year living in Black Diamond Washington where she first joined and competed on King Aquatic Club. Finding a love for competition and success in the water she dedicated the next 14 years years of her life to competitive swimming. During that time, she qualified for Olympic and world trials and became a state record holder (100 freestyle).

 

Upon graduating high school she attended, graduated, and swam for San Diego State University graduating with a Bachelors in social science with an emphasis in psychology. While there she was an active member of Student Athlete Committee (SAC), qualified as an All-American, was team captain her junior-senior year, a scholar athlete, and honored on the deans list. 

 

After graduating, she moved back to Seattle where she trained with King in preparation for the Olympic Trials. Upon completion of Trials, Coach Chelsea felt naturally drawn to coaching and the desire to give back to the sport that shaped so much of her young life. She is now excited to join the SMAC family. Currently coaching the High School group out of the North sites she is dedicated to the mission of creating an inclusive environment committed to exemplary performance.

Eve Ruiz

Age Group - Tukwila

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Coach Eve Ruiz’s passion for the sport of swimming began at the age of 8 with the Normandy Park Swim Club. She continued on to become a long-time PNS and Seamount League swimmer with Husky, Bellevue Club, Salmon Bay, and Kennedy Catholic.

Eve has won multiple State and Regional championships in the 200 and 500 Free. She has also placed at the Zone and Jr. National levels in the 200, 400, 800 Free, 400 IM and 200 Fly. As a coach, Eve has had age group swimmers ranked first in PNS and multiple PNS and Regional champions.

Eve has a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a Master’s in Organizational Management, and a post Master’s Education Specialist degree in Administration from Seattle University. In addition to coaching, she is the 3rd grade teacher and Director of Early Learning at St. Bernadette Parish School and mother of three daughters – two of whom swim for SMAC!

Sydney Lu

Catfish and Stroke Dev - NH

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Coach Sydney grew up in Kirkland, Washington, where her love for swimming was sparked at the age of 6. She took swim lessons at the YMCA and later swam competitively with Wave Aquatics, King Aquatic Club, and Chinook Aquatic Club. She swam for Bellevue High School in her senior year and started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons while in high school. 
 

Sydney started coaching at the club level in September 2017 and is excited to join the SMAC community. She's always wanted to return to the world of competitive swim team, and she has absolutely loved combining her passions for teaching and swimming. She aims to constantly learn from her athletes and hopes to inspire them every day, in and out of the pool.

Ameena Bouzerktoune

Catfish and Stroke Dev - Central

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Adam J Hendren

Assistant Coach - Kent

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Coach Adam's love for competitive swimming began in 1995 in Tacoma, and that has led him to a wonderful career in teaching that sport as well. He began teaching swim lessons at the Lakewood YMCA in 2004, then summer league at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in 2005 and Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club in 2015, and finally year-round club swimming with King Aquatic Club in 2012.

He began coaching the beginner 14 & under swimmers, immediately knowing that this was his favorite role becaus
e of the great potential for long-term skill development - if we can teach them to love the sport while we’re at it, then their overall potential sky-rockets! In the pool they learn to be a champion every day for their team, and then out of the pool they learn to be a great member of their family and community.

Adam thoroughly enjoys the swim life, and he is grateful to continue growing and improving with the Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club community.

Catherine Peter

Catfish and Stroke Dev - Kent

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Catherine Peter started her swimming journey in White Center on The Salvation Army Swim Team before transferring to Husky Swim Club. She continued swimming at Highline High School and Central Washington University. After suffering her third shoulder injury during college, Catherine decided to remain on the pool deck in a new role as coach. Today she has over 20 years of coaching experience up and down the Puget Sound. Although her practices concentrate on skill building and efficiency in the water, her main focus is helping young people be better humans. Having watched previous swimmers progress to the Olympic Trials while others decided swim team just wasn’t their thing, Catherine believes this sport is much more about learning how to manage life than swimming fast times. Those are just bonuses.

Catherine spends her school days as a Language Arts teacher at Auburn School District’s alternative high school. She also acts as a chauffeur getting her two children to their increasingly more demanding activities. She’s been known to run for the exercise, not for the enjoyment, and to get in the water for a workout, as long as it involves more sun than yardage.

Jon G Matchette

Assistant Coach - Central

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Jon was born in Monterey, California.  He attended high school at Kenmore West in Tonawanda, New York, where he was a state-qualifying swimmer in freestyle and backstroke.  He then attended Niagara University, a small Division 1 school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, majoring in Criminal Justice.  Jon was an Academic All-American and All-Conference swimmer.  He became captain his senior year and left holding three school records.  He then received his Master's in Criminal Justice Administration while being a graduate assistant with the Niagara University's swim team. He most recently coached with  the Manta Rays Aquatics Team before transferring to the Seattle area in June 2017 through work as a Community Corrections Officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Mackenzie Mackie

Assistant Coach - MSC/MIBC/NH

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Mackenzie previously coached at King Aquatics where he coached age group level swimmers. He swam on King Aquatic from 12 to 18, where he qualified for senior sectionals and competed at the state level for Bellevue High School all four years.  Mackenzie has also coached at Overlake golf and country club in the summers the last 6 years, where he has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities. 

Nicolette C Vetterlein

Assistant Coach

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Nikki grew up in Seward Park area and loved the water at an early age, eventually starting her competitive swimming career  at Lakeridge Swim Club. She joined club team at age 9, from White Water Aquatics to King Aquatic Club, and qualified and swam at several meets such as zones, senior sectionals,  and a couple grand-pre's.  She also swam for Kennedy Memorial High School from 05-09 taking Kennedy to two state titles, and ten wins at state. She went on to swim at West Virginia University, eventually finishing out her career at Winter Nationals in 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Business, and has recently moved back from San Diego and has joined us on the coaching staff bringing her knowledge of the sport and conditioning to the team. She is also currently studying to get her Associates degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Rachel Clare Althauser

Assistant Coach - Tukwila

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Rachel has been swimming in the Seattle area since she was a wee little 4 year-old, starting her career at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club. Rachel went on to swim for White Water Aquatics and then Mount Rainier High School for 4 years. She finished her competitive career at Pacific Lutheran University 18 years after it all began. Rachel now spends her time coaching the sport that gave her so much while continuing her education.

Alessandra Giovannina Losacco

Assistant Coach - Kent

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Coach Alessandra Losacco has a deep-rooted love for water. After finding herself to thoroughly enjoy swim lessons as a child, she was fortunate to begin swimming for King Aquatic Club at age 9, where she stayed until age 15. Her passion for the sport was elevated by her coaches Maureen Pendergast, Keith Ure, and Kenneth Spencer. She also swam 4-years for Kentlake High School: serving as team captain for 2-years and competing at 4A State Championships 3-years. Her favorite event in high school was 500 Free.

Alessandra began lifeguarding and instructing swim lessons at the Covington Aquatic Center her senior year of high school. She has instructed all ages and levels, from beginner to competitor. She has been the Head Coach for the Covington Seahorses Summer Swim Team since 2017. 

The sport of swimming provided Alessandra resilience, work ethic, and mentors growing up. She finds coaches to be vital resources in feeding athletes’ futures, and finds herself humbled to be called one. 

Alessandra is pursuing a STEM degree at Green River College. She has a passion for Environmental Science, and in addition to coaching, would like to help keep waters clean in the Salish Sea for future generations. 

Once that’s all said & done, she will retire and live out her remaining days as a mermaid.

 

Tyler Darrell Goodspeed

Fitness - Central

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Born and raised in Burien, Washington, Tyler Goodspeed began swimming at the young age of 7 where his dad decided to throw him into the pool against his will. Beginning as a summer league swimmer on Normandy Park Swim Club, Tyler joined club swimming to learn how to flip-turn and joined WhiteWater Aquatics. He has been swimming ever since and developed a love for the sport of swimming despite the early practices and hard work required by it. Tyler swam on WhiteWater for 8 years before switching clubs and swimming for SMAC under Ken Spencer. Here, Tyler was able to compete at high level meets like Futures and Sectionals and form bonds with his teammates. Tyler also swim for Highline High School where he was a 4-time state qualifier and Ironman and placed 2 nd three years in a row.  Tyler began coaching when he was 17 years old at Normandy Park Swim Club where he grew up swimming. He has coached kids of all ages and skill levels and loves watching kids break through their barriers and improve. Currently, Tyler now attends Seattle University where he has received the opportunity to swim for their Division I swim team. Tyler hopes to use the knowledge passed down from many coaches to help his kids improve and hopes to learn more as the years go on.