Our Team

Alto Swim Club is the premier United States Swimming team in the Palo Alto and Stanford area. We offer a comprehensive program for all athletes, from the beginner swimmer to the Olympian. Our team utilizes a number of local facilities. Our home pool is Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford University Campus.

Team Philosophy

To maximize long-term athletic success, athletes must be developed as a whole person. Alto focuses on skill development and age appropriate training. Training groups provide a systematic progression of increased expectations and involvement. As swimmers develop emotionally and physically, workload increases to allow them to reach their full potential.

What is deemed extraordinary elsewhere occurs daily at Alto Swim Club. We succeed because we dare to challenge our members to achieve big goals and chase their dreams. Winning with Alto is a product of enthusiasm, hard work and fun.

Our Mission

To be the best developmental and high performance swim team in the United States.

Professional Coaching

The coaching staff at Alto Swim Club Alto are professionals who are passionate about swimming. The staff and team provide individuals with the resources needed to achieve their goals.

Alto Swim Club Coaches are USA Swimming registered & certified, including background check, Athlete Protection, USA Swimming SafeSport & Coaches Safety Training and CPR & First Aid Certifications.

Alto Swim School Lesson Instructors complete the Alto Swimming Instructor Certification as well as safety & first aid training.


Our Coaching Staff

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Joey Sementelli
Head Coach

joeysementelli@gmail.com

Joey is the Head Coach and Owner of Alto Swim Club. He is the Lead Coach for the National Group. Prior to Alto, Joey Sementelli spent 7 years with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, and was Head Coach / Owner for PASA - Cardinal site. During this time,  PASA was recognized as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and ranked  as the top club team in Northern California.

Sementelli was the volunteer Assistant Coach for the Stanford University Women's Swimming team from 2015-2018. While coaching at Stanford, the Cardinal won 2 consecutive NCAA Championships. Sementelli worked with 39 All-Americans who combined for 137 All America honors, 21 individual NCAA champions, and multiple American & NCAA record holders. He worked closely with four Stanford swimmers who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Before moving to the Bay Area, Sementelli coached in Massachusetts with Shawmut Aquatic Club (now Crimson Aquatics). Shawmut was recognized as the #1 club team in the country with under 150 swimmers. He was Head Age Group Coach and assisted with the National Group. Sementelli Head Coached the Framingham Swim Team, a developmental 18 & Under program. Under his guidance, the team grew from 80 to 220 swimmers and posted a dual meet record of 76-3-1. He was also an assistant coach for the Framingham High School Varsity Team. In 2011, Sementelli was one of two people to receive the Salute to Framingham Award for his outstanding service and work with youth in the community. 

Sementelli was recently recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as the Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. He is actively involved in swimming governance at the local and LSC levels, and most recently served as the Pacific Swimming Age Group Chair. He is an American Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime Member.

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Laura Mitchell
Head Coach

laura.amalija@gmail.com

Laura Mitchell is the Alto Head Age Group Coach and Lead Coach of Senior 1. Prior to Alto, Mitchell was a Head Coach and Owner of PASA - Cardinal site. Mitchell excels in cultivating the high-performance and developmental aspects of the team. Under Mitchell’s guidance, the age group and senior programs at Alto have improved tremendously and continue to advance in local and national recognition. At local championship meets, Mitchell has coached Far Western and Junior Olympic champions and Far Western and Pacific Swimming record holders.

During Mitchell’s time with PASA, the team was recognized as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and ranked as the top club team in Northern California. The team won multiple Zone, Junior Olympic and Far Western Championships. Mitchell was also the Head Coach of the SCRA Swim Team, a developmental 18 and Under program. SCRA maintained a three-year undefeated record, won 11 league Championships, and grew from 75 to 165 athletes. Mitchell is in her third season coaching the Palo Alto High School Varsity Team. During her time with the program, the Viking Women's program secured two League Championships and the Women's CCS Championship in 2016.

Mitchell is on the steering committee for the Women in Coaching Clinic, working to expand swimming as a sport and career path for women and girls. Mitchell is an Officer in the Zone, a voting club representative with Pacific Swimming, and member of Pacific Swimming’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Mitchell has coached All-Star Teams and Select Camps. She is involved in swimming governance. Mitchell has been a speaker at numerous coaching conferences including the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic. She is an American Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime Member.

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Greg Meehan
Head Coach

Greg Meehan works primarily with the collegiate & post-graduate swimmers. 

Meehan is the Head Coach of Stanford Women's Swimming. The three-time NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year has led Stanford to three consecutive national championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Meehan has coached 29 different Cardinal swimmers to a combined 232 All-America honors, which includes 16 national championship relays and 23 individual national championships. Meehan has led Stanford to a 47-4 dual meet record, including four undefeated regular seasons. In 2016, Meehan mentored three Olympians and one Paralympian, and served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Meehan worked extensively with Lia Neal, Simone Manuel and Maya DiRado, who combined to win nine medals (four gold). 

In 2018, Stanford's national championship team led the nation with 16 academic All-Americans. In the pool, Stanford's 13 event victories at the NCAA Championships tied the all-time record as the Cardinal became just the third school to sweep all five relay events. Stanford set five American records en route to the third-largest margin of victory in NCAA meet history.

Prior to Stanford, Meehan spent five seasons coaching with the Cal Men's Swimming & diving team. In Meehan's five seasons with Cal, the program produced a pair of NCAA championships (2011, 2012) and a runner-up finish in 2010. Prior to joining Cal's staff in 2008, Meehan was the Head Coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of the Pacific. Meehan coached at Pacific from 2005-08, leading his women's team to a second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships in 2006-07 and two fourth-place finishes.


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Alec Scott
National and Age Group

Alec Scott joined the Alto Swim Club staff after successful coaching stints at both the University of Alabama and the University of Northern Colorado. Scott works primarily with the National Group and is involved in all aspects of the competitive team. 

As assistant coach at Northern Colorado, Scott helped the Bears win 3 WAC conference championships, achieve 4 NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards, break 7 school records, and produce 7 medals with 14 total podium finishes. Swimmers achieved 39 lifetime best performances and Petra Kis was named conference freshman of the year. Scott was at Alabama as a volunteer assistant for the 2016-2017 season. He worked closely with the Breaststroke and IM group which included 2016 Olympians Christopher Reid (100M Backstroke) and Anton McKee (100M & 200M Breaststroke). Scott helped Reid to an SEC Championship in the 200 Backstroke and McKee to an SEC Championship in the 200 Breaststroke as well as a runner-up finish in the same event at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In total, Scott helped Alabama to 33 All-America honors among 13 athletes and 7 school records while the men’s team posted their fifth consecutive top-15 finish at the NCAA Championships. Scott began his collegiate career at Indian River State College. As a sophomore, he was named 2014 NJCAA Men’s Swimmer of the year. After two seasons in the junior college ranks, Scott transferred to Alabama, finishing his collegiate career with the Crimson Tide. He represented Alabama at the 2016 SEC Championships and was also a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier. Scott graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. 


 
 

Josh Rines
Senior and Age Group

Josh Rines coaches both the Age Group & Senior programs. Prior to coaching with Alto Swim Club, Rines was an assistant coach with the Executive Swim Club in Manchester, NH. In addition to this, Rines has been involved in running and coaching the Bates College Swim Camp in Lewiston, Maine. At the camps, he worked with swimmers of all ages and ability levels, from young age groupers to elite high schoolers. Rines graduated from Bates College and was a student athlete at Bates. During his college career, Rines was a two-year captain, school record holder, and helped lead the team into the NCAA national rankings for the first time. He graduated with a BS in mathematics and physics, and a concentration in art and visual culture.


Michael Hamann

Senior Groups
Michael begins his first year with Alto Swim Club. Prior to joining Alto, Michael worked as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Tennessee Men's and Women's teams and as an assistant coach for Tennessee Aquatics in Knoxville, TN. While at Tennessee, the women's program finished in the Top 8 at NCAAs both years and won an NCAA Relay title in 2019, while the men finished 11th at NCAAs in both 2018 and 2019. Additionally, TNAQ was named a 2018 USAS Silver Medal club and had several swimmers qualify for junior and senior nationals. Michael swam for the University of Pennsylvania and was a Student Assistant Coach where he assisted in training the 2016 NCAA Champion in the 1650 and a US National Team member in the 100 Breast. Michael has a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. Michael will also be working as a volunteer assistant coach for the Stanford Women's Swimming & Diving team.


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Daiane Oliveira
Age Group

Daiane Oliviera begins her fourth season coaching with our team. She works primarily with the age group program and has been instrumental in the development of the Alto 12 & Under program. Prior to moving to the United States,  Oliviera was the Head Coach for IronXtrme Triathlon Team in Brazil and was a coach at Parana Club, working with multiple competitive age groups. Oliviera has been swimming competitively for the 16 years. As a professional swimmer, Oliviera won a Short Course World Championship in 2014, was a Pan American medalist, a South American Record Holder and Brazilian National Champion. Oliviera received her degree from Federal University of Paraná in Physical Education with a Masters extension in Exercise Physiology.


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Kelsey Theriault
Age Group

Kelsey Theriault is a Lead Coach for Age Group 3 and an Age Group and Senior assistant coach. Theriault has been coaching with the team since 2014 and has worked with all levels, from pre-competitive to National Group. Prior to moving to California, she coached for three years in New Jersey with the Greenfields Turtles. During this time, she was also a volunteer coach for a special olympics swim team. Theriault swam competitively for Lafayette College, and specialized in breaststroke and freestyle. She graduated from Stanford  University with a master’s degree in secondary education and currently teaches  at at Los Altos High School. Prior to teaching at Los Altos, Theriault taught at Woodside High School where she also coached the school Track and Field team.


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Kati McDermott
Age Group

Kati McDermott begins her fourth season with our team. McDermott works primarily with Age Group 1 and Age Group 2. McDermott has experience coaching at every level. Prior to coaching with Alto Swim Club, McDermott was a coach for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics and for Peak Swimming. She has coached at the recreational, high school, and club levels and has worked with athletes ranging from beginner swimmers to high level age groupers. McDermott developed a swim school and clinic for competitive swimmers while coaching in San Ramon. 


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Maddy Barney
Strength Coach

Maddy Barney is the strength and conditioning coach for Alto Swim Club, and works primarily with the National Group. She received her Bachelors in Human Performance from Southern Utah University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Exercise Physiology at San Jose State University.  Barney has worked as a Personal Trainer for the last 3 years working with a wide range of clientele, including young athletes. Her main focus, in terms of training, is to develop foundational strength and mobility and then build on that foundation for an athlete to reach their optimal performance level. 


Emily Schickli
Yoga

Emily Schickli has been regularly practicing yoga since 2011 and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Peacebank Yoga Studio in Redwood City. In her Hatha Vinyasa style classes, she offers skillful assistance, teaches yogic philosophy and Ayurveda, and develops original sequences to promote athletic development. In addition to her work with Alto Swim Club, Schickli teaches regularly at studios in the bay area and offers private yoga and wellness coaching. Schickli has a swimming background with 7 years of experience teaching and coaching ages 3-18 in swimming and water confidence. Schickli has also taught English literature, writing, study skills, social studies, and art. Schickli hopes to share the gift of yoga because it has allowed her to overcome injury and become more mindful in her everyday life.


Sherry He
Yoga

Sherry He has been practicing yoga since 2004. Prior to teaching Yoga in a full time capacity, He worked in tech. She became a 200 hour Registered teacher with Yoga Alliance in 2017. She studied with Edna Barr and Emily Moore from Peacebank Yoga Studio in Redwood City. She learned about yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, adjustments, and mindfulness during the training. She also learned how to create a yoga sequence based on students’ needs, which can be energetic and relaxing at the same time. She enjoys teaching yoga to kids and young adults. She is passionate about helping students transform their bodies and mind in their daily lives using yoga and meditation. He teaches yoga at several bay area gyms. Off the mat she enjoys meditating, reading, cooking, walking, and connecting with people.


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