Team Info

Last updated: 6/18

Simon Harling (Head Coach)

Simon Harling became Riptide head coach in the summer of 2012. He is from Southampton, UK where he placed top 15 nationally in swimming three years in a row; before he attained a swimming scholarship to Concordia University Irvine. While there, Simon was a four time NAIA All-American athlete as well as placed top 9 in the 50 free nationally all four years. Simon graduated with his Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration. In 2014 Simon made his way over to SoCal Aquatics club coaching the Senior group along side his mentor Coach Steve Pickell. November 2015 Simon started working at TYR sport in the promotions and sales department. Simon works with Swimming clubs, High Schools, College teams and professional athletes along the west coast.

Feel free to reach out to Coach Simon with any questions or concerns – or (949) 600-0865

Kevin Chao

Swimming has been a major part in my life since I joined the Riptide when I was five. Since then, I have swam for Nova for the past seven years. I am on their National team and specialize in mid and long distance. Currently, I attend Crean Lutheran High School and will be going into my Senior year. At Crean, I have received All League Honors, represented Crean at CIF finals, and at CIF State finals. This is my third year coaching for the Riptide and I am looking forward to continuing to give back to the Northpark community and having a fantastic summer coaching. Go Riptide!

Julia Mangum

My name is Julia Mangum, and I am a rising sophomore at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, California. I have been on the Riptide swim team for nine years, and have participated in year round conditioning with Coach Simon for the last few years. My favorite event is Butterfly, I will be swimming for the team in the summer of 2016 on the 15-18 age category. I really love working with kids and I am honored and excited to be one of your coaches this summer. See you soon!

Maya Wallace


Matthew Ludovico

I’m Matthew Ludovico and I’m going to be a Junior this fall at Mater Dei High School. I have been swimming for Riptide for   10 years now and have swam outside of Riptide like SoCal Aquatics for a year, Nova for two years, and now I’m currently swimming for my school’s team. I also love to dance, eat food, play video games (any typical normal guy stuff ) and meet and talk to new people! I’m very excited to coach you all and for this upcoming swim season! See you in the water!