Head Coach, AG 1 & 2 Lead
Coach Kimi is in her 5th
season with Swim Torrance. She is the Head Coach and
Lead Coach of Age Group 1 and Age Group 2. She came to the program
after coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, in Charlotte, NC. There
she served as the Marlin Division Lead, Shark Division Lead, Marlin
1 Lead Coach, and Shark 2 Lead Coach. She also attended the
National Diversity Select Camp as a manager, the Women in Coaching
Clinic, the ASCA World Clinic, USA Swimming's Women's Leadership
Clinic, and was featured in two Wednesday Webinars through USA
Prior to Charlotte, Kimi coached at
Mount Pleasant Swim Club, in Charleston, SC. She served as the
Head Age Group Coach, a senior assistant coach, and an age-group
assistant coach. During that time, she assistant coached and
managed the National Diversity Select Camp, was an assistant coach
at the Southern Zone Select Camp, was an SC Zone Team
assistant coach, and chosen to be an SC Select Camp assistant
coach. Kimi was also selected to attend the Ethnic and
Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference, and
was nominated for South Carolina Swimming’s Age-Group
Coach of the Year.
Kimi swam and lettered all four
years at The University of Akron, where
she graduated with a B.A. in Communications (2008)
and a M.A. in Sports Science and Coaching (2011).
While completing her degrees, she was a 5th-year assistant
coach to the University's team, head coach of the intramural club
team (Akron Swim Club), an age-group assistant at Firestone Akron
Swim Team, an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo
Swim Camp, and an assistant coach at The University of Akron
From novice to Olympic Trial
finalists, Kimi’s coaching experience has allowed her to
work with swimmers of all levels. Throughout her career, Kimi has
found that great technique, committment, and enjoying
practices aid in developing character traits which will last a
When not at the pool, she enjoys exploring all events and
activities that Los Angeles and its surrounding areas have to
offer. She spent 3 years of her 17-year swimming career in Southern
California Swimming and is glad to be back.
Senior/National Track Lead, Meet Dir.
Coach Brian is extremely
excited to join Swim Torrance as the Senior Lead coach. He has
coached for twenty-four years on some of the best club swim teams
in Southern California, most recently with Team Santa Monica,
Canyons Aquatic Club, and CCAT.
have achieved Southern California Swimming records, and have
qualified for Olympic Trials, Nationals, YMCA Nationals, Futures
and Sectionals. His swimmers have excelled in all strokes and at
all race distances, from sprints to open water. He looks
forward to helping the Senior swimmers reach the highest levels of
the sport. He has worked with all age-groups over the course of his
career and enjoys teaching stroke technique, start and turn skills,
and race pace at each practice.
Brian grew up in Santa
Monica and swam for Team Santa Monica. He was a Junior National
qualifier in four events and a finalist in the 200 fly. He was a
Big West Conference finalist at Cal State Long Beach (1990, 91) and
an NCAA Division 2 National qualifier and finalist at UC Davis.
(1992) He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in English. He is a
published writer/poet whose work has appeared in literary journals
both in print and online.
Brian lives with his
wife, two daughters, two dogs and a cat. He likes hiking and doing
triathlons when he’s not coaching. He completed his first
Ironman in 2017 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is happy to still
Head Age Group Coach, Aux Prgm Director
Coach Chantal came to
Swim Torrance after about 4 years of coaching at SwimMAC Carolina,
in Charlotte, NC. She began as an assistant for the Marlin
Division (10 & U) in 2016. In the fall of 2016 she coached
Masters Swimming and lead Shark 3 (13-14 y.o.). She changed
age-groups in 2018 as Shark 2 Lead Coach. She was a selected coach
for the NCS Select Camp and lead the 13-14 girls for the 2019 North
Carolina Swimming (NCS) Team for Southern Zones.
coaching for SwimMAC, Chantal worked abroad in the Peace Corps in
Jamaica as a Youth and Sports Advisor for 3 years. She followed her
service by teaching English as a foreign language at a High
School in Thailand before returning stateside.
She swam all
four years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In
2008, Chantal took 1st place in the 200 Backstroke at the
Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Conference
Championships. She graduated UNCW with a B.A. in Spanish in
Native to Torrance, she began competitive swimming in Redondo
Her family moved to the
East Coast and Chantal swam with Dynamo in Atlanta, then at
Chantal was a competitive swimmer from age 7-18. It has come full
circle to return to Torrance!
Chantal has coached athletes from learn-to-swim through
Future’s qualified, and finds the seed to success is
connection. She looks forward to watching the athletes at Swim
Torrance grow to be their best with a commitment to fundamentals,
learning to train smarter, and of
PreSenior 1 & 2 Lead
Coach Rachel is entering her 3rd season at Swim
Torrance. She is the PreSenior 1 and PreSenior 2 Lead Coach.
he spent a year coaching swimming for the Cal Poly Triathlon Team,
taught swim lessons, and coached since she was
She grew up in the South Bay and has been
swimming since she was 8 years old. For 10 years she
participated in club swimming and also swam for PV
Peninsula High School. She attended college in San Luis
Obispo where she joined the triathlon team during her second
year and began applying skills from the pool to open water
swimming, biking, and running. Coach
Rachel graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 2018 with a degree in
Kinesiology and is pursuing a certification in personal
training and strength and conditioning.
Coach Rachel continues to swim with the local Masters
team, and looks forward to watching Swim Torrance athletes grow and
achieve their goals!
Level 1 & 2 Lead
Sophie is in her 7th season as coach with Swim Torrance. She
is the Level 1 and Level 2 Lead Coach, while
also assisting PreSenior.
is a West High School alumni, both as a student and swimmer.
There she was a part of the 2018 Pioneer League
Championship Women's Team. During her senior year, she was also
team captain. As a former year-round competitive swimmer,
Coach Sophie is a Swim Torrance alumni.
Outside of attending college this year and
coaching for Swim Torrance, she enjoys attending concerts and
finding great deals.
Level 3 Co-Lead, Assistant Coach
Coach Ida is the
Lead Coach for Level 3, as well as assisting Senior 1 and other
groups within the competitive program. She is a Swim Torrance
Alumni, and will be continue to compete collegiately.
She learned how to swim in her home country, Denmark, at the
age of 4 and has been swimming competitively for
eight years on club, in high school, and now in college. Coach
Ida was a member of the Peninsula High School team, and
they won the Bay League Championship in 2015 and 2018. In
college she is currently studying Kinesiology to become a
physical therapist. Her other hobbies are traveling and skiing
and snowboarding during the winter.
Level 3 Co-Lead, Assistant Coach
Coach Zoe is
entering her 2nd season coaching at Swim Torrance. She will be
assisting a variety of levels, as well as filling in for Coach Ida
on Friday's with Level 3 swimmers.
She swam competitively in the South Bay starting at
9-years-old, and at one point swam for Swim
Torrance. During her competitive swimming
career, she qualified for Senior Sectionals in the 200
butterfly. At Palos Verdes High School, she swam, was on the
surf team, and played water polo. She competed at CIF and
was a Bay League Champion in the 500 and 200 freestyle. After high
school, she committed to swim in Division I at the
University of Wyoming where she studied Kinesiology.
In addition to swimming
competitively, she also was a member of the United States
National Team as a surf lifesaver. Coach Zoe competed in
open water swimming, Ironmans, and prone paddling. She placed top 3
at Nationals starting at 9-years-old, and continued that
rank until she was 18-years-old. At World Championships,
she placed in the top 8. Coach Zoe still
continues to pursue her passion in open water events.
After being a Junior Lifguard for 9 years, Coach Zoe decided to
continue on that path due to her love of the ocean. She has
been an Ocean Lifeguard for 3 years at Huntington State Beach, and
this will be her third year as Junior Lifeguard Instructor.
She is now in the LACO Fire and Ocean Lifeguard Academy in hopes of
becoming an Los Angeles County Lifeguard.
In her free time she enjoys surfing, paddling, working out, and
Jason P Bergstrom
Coach Jason is entering his 3rd season as a Senior Division
Assistant at Swim Torrance. He has worked with athletes from a
wide range of ability levels, from first time
to Olympians. He has been a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach,
Coach at Texas A&M,
Instructor and Coach at the Houstonian Club, Trainer and Coach at
Sculpt Studios and USA
Coach for Burbank Los Angeles
Coach Jason takes a unique coaching approach that is specific to
swimmer. He enjoys being on the pool deck and
has a desire to help everyone achieve their full
As a Texas A&M graduate, he was a 6-Time All-American
NCAA Division 1
, and 3-Time school record holder. As a club swimmer, he finished
top 8 at Junior Nationals.
Coach Ricky is in his third season
helping Swim Torrance athletes. He is primarily working with Shark
1 and Shark 2, but you may see him on deck with various other
groups helping out our staff. He's been instrumental in helping our
younger swimmers learn a strong foundation of technique, which will
help carry them through a similar path he took within the program
to be able to reach Senior 1 and National Track.
Coach Noah is in his first season
helping Swim Torrance athletes. He is primarily working with Age
Group 1 & 2, but you may see him on deck with various
other groups helping out our staff. He's been a swimmer with our
program for quite a while, and is currently in the National Track
group. Noah represents Swim Torrance at various National level
meets as a swimmer, so he while he coaches, he plans to use that
experience to help our younger athletes see the big picture and
learn life lessons that swimming can provide.