Head Swim Coach
Jaime is a 2005 graduate from the University of Florida. As a collegiate NCAA athlete
she was a multiple time All - American, US National Team member, Olympic Trials
semi-finalist and UF’s team most valuable swimmer two years running.
Jaime, off of the pool deck, was an NCAA Academic All American, multiple time
Dean’s List scholar, and team captain graduating with a degree in Business
Administration and Criminology.
Since her graduation Jaime has been employed as the head Junior group coach for Cypress
Fairbanks Swim Club (Fleet) in her hometown of Houston Texas. In this role she
supervised the age group program of a very large, successful Texas team. She worked
with and developed age group champions as well as junior and senior National
Champions. For the past four years she has been the primary assistant for the University
of Houston Swimming & Diving Team as well as supervising the swim club associated
with the university.
Head Age Group Coach, Alligator Group
Chelsea has been coaching with Gator Swim Club for 4 years. She started out coaching the Summer League team for one summer, then coached the Blue group for a season, and has been with the Alligator group for three years. In the fall of 2014, Chelsea took over as Head Age Group Coach. Chelsea has been on staff for 3 All-Star teams, 1 Zone Team, and 1 Select Camp. She graduated from UF with a degree in Psychology in 2014. Before coaching with GSC she taught lessons, lifeguarded, and coached the City of Ocala Stingrays Swim team for 4 summers.
In her spare time, Chelsea likes to be outside- kayaking, biking, swimming, or playing ultimate frisbee. She is also a very devoted gator fan, Go Gators!
Nicholas J D'Innocenzo
Assistant Coach, Elite Group
Originally from Andover, MA, Nick was a 3 time NCAA and Big 12 Conference All-American while at the University of Texas at Austin. There he helped win the Longhorns their tenth National Team Title in 2010. He competed in both 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, competing in the semifinal in the 200m individual medley in 2008. In 2009 he qualified for the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships for the U.S. National Junior Team, and won gold in both the 100m breast and the 200m individual medley. Nick started coaching as a volunteer for his home club at Crimson Aquatics, and after competing at Texas, worked as an assistant coach at Longhorn Aquatics. He has experience coaching swimmers of all levels, and has had the opportunity to develop a deaf swimmer. He currently trains with the International program with Gator Swim Club, looking forward to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Assistant Coach, Senior Group, Masters
Erin has been a member of the Gator Swim Club staff since the spring of 2014, and works with the Senior and Masters groups. A native of Pound Ridge, NY, Erin came out of the nationally acclaimed Wilton YMCA Wahoos program in Wilton, CT. She was named to the United States Swimming Open Water National Team in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and was a USS Junior National qualifier in the distance and backstroke events. She competed for Princeton University during her undergraduate studies, and after a break came back to swimming to compete for the Gator Swim Club Masters program in 2012. In 2014, Erin achieved five USMS National Top Ten rankings in the 35-39 age group, and attained a FINA Masters World Top Ten ranking of 9th in the 1500.
When she’s not at the pool, Erin chairs the City of Gainesville Plan Board, birdwatches, and enjoys time with her husband, Jose Huguet-Tapia, a microbiologist at the University of Florida.
Assistant Coach, Senior Group
Katherine Elizabeth Crider
Assistant Coach, Junior Group
Coach Katie was a 2013 graduate from Georgia Southern University, where she swam for the Eagles and got her degree in marketing. After working in college and Major League Baseball, she realized she would rather work with athletes than for them and made the decision to pursue her masters at the University of Florida in Human Performance. In her spare time, Katie enjoys getting outside and exploring with her dog, Finley.
Assistant Coach, Orange Group
Nikita was born in Riga, Latvia, raised in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with bachelor degree in Agriculture Leadership and Development. A 4 time NCAA and Big 12 Conference All-American. School record holder in 200Back, 200IM and 400 Medley Relay. After graduation Nikita spent a year training under sprint guru coach Coley Stickels at Canyons Aquatic Club in California. Nikita also participated in many international swim meets such as World Cup series, European Championships, and Grand Prix. He had pleasure to work with multiple top level coaches around the world. Currently trains with the international group at Gator Swim Club. On the road to Rio 2016!
Lauren E Finley
Assistant Coach, Blue Group
Coach Lauren was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska. She started swimming at age 13 and it quickly became one of the most important parts of her life. In 2009, she joined the Minnesota State University swim team where she swam all 4 years as a Maverick distance swimmer. Her favorite event was the mile. In 2013, Lauren graduated from MSU with a psychology degree and a minor in child development. She spent one season coaching with the Mankato Marlins YMCA Swim Team who grew in success to one of the top teams in Minnesota under the coaching staff. She is currently working on her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at UF. She has one cat and one dog, loves Harry Potter, coffee, and cheering on the Gators! :)
Assistant Coach, Gecko Group
Jen joined Gator Swim Club as a coach in 2012, after several years of teaching lessons with Swim America of Gainesville. Jen developed her chlorine addiction at age 12 when she joined Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, and never fully recovered, having worked as a lifeguard, head lifeguard, pool manager, swim instructor and coach, anything to be near a pool! In addition to GSC, Jen has coached in Orange Park, FL; with the Main Base (US Navy) Summer League team in Sasebo, Japan; and with her USA Swimming alma mater (GCSTO) in Columbus, OH. Needing more chlorine exposure than coaching provides, Jen swims with the GSC Masters team. Outside the pool, Jen teaches First Aid and CPR with the American Red Cross. She also pursues photography and volunteers with Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition.
Meaghan Helene Fenn
Assistant Coach, Gecko Group
Meaghan joined our staff in January 2015. She is currently a Graduate Student at the University of Florida, and graduated from Northwestern University in 2013. She competed for four years during her time at Northwestern for their swimming and diving team. Meaghan is the funniest member of the coaching staff.
Assistant Coach, Masters