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Coaching Staff
Julio Zarate Head Coach, Senior Division Lead

Coach Julio Zarate came to Swim Torrance after spending 2 1/2 years at SwimMac Carolina where he was Lead Senior II Coach. While at SwimMAC Coach Julio had the opportunity to work with Head Coach David Marsh, the 2016 Head Women's Olympic Swim Coach and current Head Coach of UCSD. As Head Coach of Swim Torrance the team has grown from 120 -198 members. As numbers have increased so has the teams competitive level and standing in SCS and USA Swimming. Most recently Swim Torrance placed 1st in combinded team score at the 2018 winter CA/NV Speedo Sectionals Championship in the small team division. 

Coach Julio has immersed himself in coaching and has coached learn to swim up through the senior level, Junior/Senior National levels and Olympic Trial qualifiers.  Coach Julio has over 15 years of coaching at the USA Swimming Club and 10 years at the Collegiate levels as well as extensive personal experience swimming at Nations Capital Swim Club, formerly known as Curl-Burke Swim Club and collegiately at St. Mary's College of Maryland. 

The Germantown, MD native graduated from St. Mary’s in 2004 with a BA in Art. Coach Julio also swam at St. Mary's College where he was a multiple time team record holder, CAC Conference Rookie of the year, 3 time team MVP, and in 2012 was elected into the St. Mary's College Athletics Hall of Fame.

He started assistant coaching at St. Mary’s College right after graduation and did that for 10 years while simultaneously coaching Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club.  In 2008 Coach Zarate became Head Coach of CBAC where he personally coached the club’s first NCSA Junior National, USA Winter Junior National, Arena Pro Swim Series, USA Winter National, US Open and USA Open Water National Championship qualifiers. In the 2010-2011 season Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club was awarded the Maryland Swimming LSC "Rising Club" award.  

Along with club and College coaching responsibilities, Coach Zarate found time to Assistant Coach at the Long Horn Swim Camp in Austin, Texas for three seasons where he had the privilege to work alongside eight-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and three-time US Men’s Olympic Team Head Coach, Eddie Reese.  In addition, Coach Zarate is a Cross Fit level 1 Trainer, and in his spare time enjoys painting, Cross Fit and swimming.

Kimi Davidson Head Age-Group Coach, AG I/II Lead

Coach Kimi is in her 4th season with Swim Torrance as the Head Age Group 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 Swimming.

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 Buffulo Swim Camp, and an assistant coach at The University of Akron Swim Camp.

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 lifetime.

When not at the pool, Coach Kimi 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.

Hana Diaz Aux Program Director, Shark I/II Lead

Coach Hana found her passion for the water when she entered high school. She attended West Torrance high school and played water polo and competed for the swim team all four years of her high school career. She led as captain of the water polo team her senior year. She attended El Camino college and participated for two years on the water polo and swim teams. She was captain of her water polo team for a season and was the two time captain of her swim team. As swim team captain in her second season she led the women's team to their first conference title in over 13 years. She also qualified as an All American Swimmer for the 4x200 freestyle relay. 

As a coach, Hana is motivated everyday by the Swim Torrance swimmers to keep learning and improving herself as a coach. She is currently in her fifth year as a coach having spent the first year coaching novice to Junior Olympic level athletes for PV Water Polo Club. 

She just finished her 2nd year as the head coach of the Men and Women's Swim team at a local high school, West Torrance High, leading both men and women to becoming first ever League Champions in history. She is currently also an Open Water Lifeguard at Cabrillo Beach for the City of Los Angeles and this was her 5th summer working with the city as an ocean lifeguard and as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor. 

Her interests outside of coaching includes sprinkles, rose gold glitter, rewatching Parks & Recreation, planning a wedding, and going to escape rooms! Coach Hana is excited to be a part of the Swim Torrance team and is excited to help all swimmers meet their goals and to fall in love with the sport. 

Rachael Zarate Pre Senior I/II Lead
Coach Rachael is in her 3rd season with Swim Torrance as the PreSenior I & II Lead Coach. She was previously the Assistant Coach for the UNC Bears Swim & Dive Team, where she assisted the head coach with budgeting, travel, business affairs, equipment ordering and maintenance, dryland training, and recruiting.

Before the Bears, she was at DePauw University in Indiana where she served as the assistant women's swim coach. During her time with the Tigers, Zarate helped the team to a third place finish at the North Carolina Athletic Conference (NCAC), qualified six swimmers for the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships, aided the team in  breaking 10 program records and three NCAC records, and coached the 2016 NCAC Swimmer of the Year. During practice, Coach Rachael introduced an innovative weight and dryland training program and ran and designed all daily workouts, focusing on sprint-oriented swimmers and strengthening the relay teams.
Prior to DePauw, Coach Rachael was the lead coach for the SwimMAC Carolina Senior 3, Marlin 3, and Masters teams, where she lead competitors of all ages. She got her coaching start at the high school level, spending one season at the Covenant Day School in North Carolina as the head varsity swim coach, taking a full squad to the state level championships.

Coach Rachael is a graduate of Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in visual arts. She also swam for the school, earning an All-American Honorable Mention in the 1,650 free ('09) and became the University Athletic Association Champion (UAAC) in the 800 Relay ('10), and earned All-UAA honors in the 800 free relay ('10). She was a part of the 2010, '11 and '12 NCAA championship teams at Emory.

She received her Master's degree from Indiana State University. 
Melissa Krauth-Villegas Senior II Lead, 12&Under Assistant Coach

Coach Melissa is the Senior II Lead Coach. She is also assisting Shark I and II and Age Group I and II. She has been a swim instructor for 18 years. From elementary school through high school, Melissa was a competitive swimmer on the Lake of the Woods Summer swim team in Locust Grove, Virginia. She swam for James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia during her Junior & Senior year.

From Oct 2007 to February 2008, Melissa was the Assistant Swim Coach for Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, during which the boys’ team won the State title. She was also one of the head swim instructors for special needs swimmers during college in Fairfax from 2005 to 2009.

Melissa graduated in 2009 with a B. A. in Sociology and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from George Mason University. After college she was a substitute teacher, predominately with special needs students for Kindergarten to 5thgrade. She has taught all levels of American Red Cross classes: Baby & Me, Toddler & Me, Levels 1 to 6, Stroke Mechanics 1 to 5, and Adult Classes. She is very patient, very adaptable to all her students, well organized, but able to change direction and adapt to what the swim pupils need at any particular time. 

Sophie Credo 12&Under Assistant Coach

Coach Sophie is in her 5th season as an Assistant Coach with Swim Torrance. She works with Pre-Comp I, Pre-Comp II, Shark I, Shark II, and Age Group II.

She currently swims for West High School and was a part of the 2018 Pioneer League Championship Women's Team. Coach Sophie is also a Swim Torrance Alumni.

Outside of school and the pool, she enjoys attending concerts and finding great deals.

Ida Due 14&Under Assistant Coach

Coach Ida is assisting Pre-Comp I and Pre Senior I and II. She is a Swim Torrance Alumni, and will be competing collegiately.

She learned how to swim in her home country, Denmark, at the age of 4 and has been swimming competitively for seven 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.

Monica Bender JG Prep Lead

Monica has been actively swimming since around 5 years-old! She has been competitively swimming since middle school and has swum for Swim Torrance. She then attended El Camino and participated in the water polo and swim team for 2 years. During her 2nd year, Monica played a vital role in helping bring home the championship for the El Camino women's swim team! She also qualified as an All American Swimmer for the 4x200 freestyle relay. 

She has coached for 2.5 years for Missoula Aquatic Team in Missoula, Mt from working with novice to National-track athletes. Outside of coaching, Monica has been an LA City Lifeguard at Cabrillo for 7 years now and has been a Junior Lifeguard instructor for 6 of those years. I also dabble in endurance swimming with two marathon swims so far. Monica is excited to come back to her alumni swim team and to help swimmers reach their goal!
Jason Bergstrom Senior Assistant Coach

Coach Jason has worked with athletes from a wide range of ability levels, from first time  swimmers  to Olympians. He has been a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach, Volunteer Assistant  Swim  Coach at Texas A&M,  Swim  Instructor and Coach at the Houstonian Club, Trainer and Coach at Sculpt Studios and USA  Swimming  Coach for Burbank Los Angeles  Swim  Team. Coach Jason takes a unique coaching approach that is specific to each  swimmer. He enjoys being on the pool deck and  has a desire to help everyone achieve their full potential. As a Texas A&M graduate, he was a 6-Time All-American NCAA Division 1  Swimmer , and 3-Time school record holder. As a club swimmer, he finished top 8 at Junior Nationals.

Board of Directors
Oscar Gonzalez President
Lisa Martini Secretary/VP
Danica Beltran Treasurer
Eloisa Galapon Member-at-Large
Jennifer Maeda Member-at-Large/ Safe Sport Coordinator
Anne Smith Board Member Ex-Officio