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MESA Coaches & Board

MESA Swim Team employs a team of professional coaches. They are the only paid positions on the team. The coaches put in a lot of work during the season, and the Head Coaches help out with planning in the off-season. Most of the staff is comprised of MESA Swim Team alumni – so not only do they have the skills and enthusiasm to coach our Pirates, they also carry the spirit of the team!

If you have a question about practices, training, events, meets, goal setting, and other swimming questions, contact your Coach.

For questions about the team, such as registration, dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the Board Members.

Coaching Staff

Angelique Dousis

Co-Head Coach/15-18 Age Group Coach

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Angelique grew up in Arlington, Texas, where she began swimming at the age of 8 years old. She swam club with Mid-Cities-Arlington Swim Team year-round as well as for her high school swim team before going on to swim at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Angelique was a coach for the MIT Masters Swim Team, and in 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 2004, Angelique moved to Houston, Texas, to attend law school. She has continued to swim over the years and moved to Colorado in 2016. In addition to being Co-Head Coach of the MESA Swim Team, she is also Co-Head Coach of the Fairview High School Boys’ Swim Team and a swim coach for Boulder Aquatic Masters as well as a practicing attorney. She is very excited for another fun filled summer coaching MESA!

Murphy Alafoginis

Co-Head Coach/13-14 Age Group Coach

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Born in Maryland and raised in Pennsylvania, Murphy started swimming in elementary school, and hasn’t looked back since! She competed in summer leagues and club teams through high school, and in college swam for a Division-I team at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration. She has coached high school and college swimming, and now spends her time volunteering yoga instruction with the Give Back Yoga Foundation. An active member of the Boulder Aquatic Master’s (BAM) since moving to Colorado, she is an avid swimmer, runner, and reader.

Laurie Johnson

Assistant Coach

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Laurie has been swimming competitively since she was seven. Unfortunately, her parents did not know about Mesa or BVSSL, so she instead swam with CARA until going year-round with the then Boulder Poseidon’s at the age of 12.  She swam at Fairview High School and then Cornell College.

Laurie began coaching as an assistant for Boulder Burst, when the City of Boulder started a team that was a part of BVSSL. She became the head coach after one season.  After graduation from Cornell, she continued to coach Burst in the summer, and began coaching Boys’ and Girls’ swimming at Green Mountain High School, while also working a full time position in Healthcare.  Laurie received a job opportunity in Healthcare she could not pass up, so she moved with her husband, Rob, to Lexington, Kentucky. While in Kentucky she also coached with Wildcat Aquatics, a year round club team.

In May of 2001 they moved back to Colorado and Laurie started coaching that summer with Mesa. After her second season with Mesa, about 10 days after finals in 2002, Laurie had her son, Avery. She stayed with Mesa through the summer of 2005, and then took the next two summers off (2006-2007) from coaching after her daughter, Lainey, was born.

Her love of swimming and Mesa brought her back to the team in 2008.  Laurie loves being a part of the Mesa program. In her day job, Laurie is the Director of Patient Financial Services at Estes Park Medical Center.  To maintain balance in her family and work life, she does not manage an age group, instead assisting the age group coaches with practices, line-ups, new family orientation or wherever she is needed. 

Jessie McLaughlin

Pre-Team Coach

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Jessie started swimming with Mesa when she was 13.  She swam throughout high school on the Boulder High swim team, and now participates as a member of her college triathlon team at University of Dayton where she is a Pre-Physical Therapy major.  Her favorite events to swim are long distance freestyle, and has grown to love open-water swimming.  She is super excited to be back in Boulder for the summer to coach Mesa!

Luke Davis

Pre-Team Coach

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A Boulder native, Luke swims for the Fairview High School boys team and the RACE club team. Throughout his swimming career his coaches and captains have been valuable role models, inspiring him to take on the role of captain of his high school team this year (as a Junior).

When he’s not swimming, Luke loves basketball, drums and hanging with friends. 

Luke loves the physical and social aspects of swimming and is looking forward to helping his swimmers enjoy both parts of MESA this summer! 

Lochlainn Renfrow

8 & Under Group Coach

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Lochlainn grew up in Pittsburg and started swimming when he was 7 years old. By the time he was 10 he was swimming competitively for The Fox Chapel Killer Whales. As a freshman he joined his high school team. After taking his sophomore and junior years off, he swam as a senior and became an Automatic All American in the 4X100 relay.

Lochlainn recently finished his freshman year at CU Boulder. This will be his third year coaching summer swimming and he is super excited to join the MESA team!

Taylor Schmidt

9 & 10 Age Group Coach

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Taylor has loved being in the water ever since she can remember. Taylor was born and raised in Boulder and began swimming competitively at the age of 6 for the Boulder Country Club's summer swim team. She also swam for Fairview High School. After graduating from CU-Boulder with a degree in Physiology and Psychology, Taylor began coaching for the Rock Creek Flyers in 2013 and soon after began teaching lessons and coaching at RallySport for the 12 and unders. She still coaches part time at Rallysport and loves working with kids to help them reach their swimming goals! Taylor is very excited to coach for Mesa this summer and is looking forward to a great season! Taylor is looking forward to another awesome season coaching at Mesa!

Jenny McCoy

11-12 Age Group Coach

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Jenny joined Mesa when she was 5 years old and swam on the team for 13 years. She also swam for Fairview High School and the club team at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Psychology. Jenny recently moved back to Boulder after stints in Chicago and New York City, and can't wait to meet and work with the awesome Mesa swimmers this summer! 

Board of Directors

Lynn Bruno

President

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Laura Farrelly

Treasurer

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Karen Urbanowski

Vice President / Web Master

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Kim Lord

Pool/Meet Coordinator

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Jamie Kanda

Secretary/Registrar

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Eleanor Hodby

Social Coordinator

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Virginia Hrywnak

Parent Liason

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