Ace Aquatics Coaching Staff


Jackson Buyers

Swim Team Head Coach

Jackson Buyers’ swim career began in Loveland, Colorado at the age of eleven. In Colorado, he was privileged enough to be able to swim under Chris Webb for Fort Collins Area Swim Team. While at FAST he trained alongside 10 National Junior Team Members, 30+ Olympic Trials Qualifiers, and 25 Junior National Finalists. In his own swim career, Jackson has received 3 Nationals Cuts, 7 Junior Nationals Cuts, and qualified for finals at Winter Junior Nationals. He held the records at FAST in the 400 Yard IM and  the 200 Meter Breaststroke in 2016, and currently holds the record in the 200 Meter Medley Relay. Jackson also swam for Grand Canyon University, but transferred to California State University, Bakersfield after his Freshman year. 


Jackson’s coaching career first began with volunteering for a local Special Olympics team when he was in the seventh grade. He continued to coach Special Olympics until he moved from home to go to college. His first non-volunteer position was as a coach for SwimLabs where he taught lessons and was a technique coach for competitive swimmers for two years.


In his short 3 years at Roadrunner Aquatics, he led the team to their first-ever top 3 finish (placing 2nd) at Central California Junior Olympics. His swimmers also set the Central California Record in the 10 & Under Girls 200 Medley Relay.


With Jackson’s drive to constantly improve his own coaching skills, he wishes to create an environment at Ace Aquatics in which work ethic, teamwork, learning, and fun can thrive for coaches, swimmers, and parents alike. 



Contact Information 

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (970) 685-0776


Katie Larrea

Water Polo Head Coach



Katie graduated from Arizona State University. After years of competitive swimming and collegiate club water polo, Katie found a passion for coaching and leading others. When she is not at ACE, she is working M-F for ADP. 


She is the go-to person for registration, billing, team merchandise orders, and all other inquiries. 


Contact Information 

Email: [email protected]


Kelly Washburn

Gold Group

Kelly has been swimming since she was 8 years old. She started off with a summer recreational team and then fell in love with the sport and joined a club. She has swam for Roadrunner Aquatics and Bakersfield Swim Club. She graduated from Bakersfield Christian High School in 2019 and was on the swim team and was captain her senior year. She attended Bakersfield College for 2 years and was on the swim team. She graduated this spring with her AA in American Sign Language (ASL). She has a passion for swimming and coaching. As a coach, she hopes she will teach her swimmers the values of swimming that she was taught and hopes they will love the sport like she does. She makes it a priority to get to know each of her swimmers and help them reach their goals they have in and out of the pool. In the future, she hopes to become an ASL interpreter to be an advocate for the Deaf community and to continue coaching.



Brian Saavedra 

Bronze/Silver Group

Brian has swam since 2015, starting his journey as a freshman in high school at East Bakersfield. He currently attends and swims at Bakersfield College with plans of enrolling in their nursing program. He is curretly the coach the Bronze Group. It is his goal to provide an environment for them that will allow them to fall in love with sport of swimming, while teaching them values such as discipline and hard work. With Brian's patience and kindness, he plans on forming strong bonds with his athletes while teaching them the basic skills of swimming and how to preform all four strokes legally.


Hope Bywater 

Bronze/Silver Group

Hope has swam since 2018, beginning Sophomore year of highschool at Frontier. She currently swims for the Bakersfield College Swim Team. Her goal is to help teach kids to grow to love the sport just as she does. She wants to teach them how to be honest, team players who enjoy every time they are in the pool. 


Coach Hope will be assisting Coach Brian with the Bronze and Silver Group. She has taught swim lessons at other local programs, and is very excited to share her knowledge with a new group of kids. Hope has been a joy to coach at Bakersfield College.

Contact Information