Our Coaches

To achieve excellent results in the pool, we believe good coaching is of essence.

Bianca Van der Velden, OLY

Bianca Van der Velden, OLY

COACH

Competitive Program: 10 and Under

Bianca is an internationally acclaimed synchronized swimmer and coach. Her mission is to help all athletes be their best using her wide experience and creativity.
Jenny Ekhilevsky

Jenny Ekhilevsky

COACH

Pre-comp, Lessons & Camps

Jenny is a long time Aquamaid and Collegiate and National Champion. She has been on many USA National Teams, either as a swimmer or as a coach.

Michele Costanza

Michele Costanza

COACH

Competitive Program: 10 and Under

Michele is a life-long Aquamaid, first as a swimmer and then since 1980 as a coach. She loves coaching and to bring out the best in each swimmer, both as an athlete and as an team mate.

 Ou Liu

Ou Liu

COACH

Competitive Program: 13-15

Ou Liu is an Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist. She is an energetic coach focused on sharing her wide experience with her athletes to improve their skills.

Yuliya Roysental

Yuliya Roysental

COACH

Competitive Program: 13-15

Yuliya Roysental is an accomplished synchronized swimmer turned passionate coach, who started her synchro journey in 1994.

Chris Carver

Chris Carver

HEAD COACH

Competitive Program: Mixed Ages

Chris Carver is a groundbreaking synchronized swimming choreographer and coach of the Santa Clara Aquamaids. She lead Team US to Olympic Gold in 1996 and bronze in 2004.

Kaitlyn Hoang

Kaitlyn Hoang

ASSISTANT COACH

Pre-comp, Lessons & Camps

Kaitlyn joined our program at the age of 6, won several National Titles and has been on several National Teams prior to joining the coaching staff.

Nancy Hines

Nancy Hines

ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

Competitive Program: Mixed Ages

Nancy Hines joining Aquamaids in 1965 as an athlete. She has an exceptional coaching career and have coached the Tokyo Synchro Club, Japan, and at Ohio State University.

Shannon Korpela

Shannon Korpela

COACH

Novice/Intermediate Program

Shannon is an international judge and coach in Artistic Swimming formally known as Synchronized Swimming. She draws for her good eyes for detail to perfect the skills of each and every athlete.

Jennifer Bonacorso

Jennifer Bonacorso

ASSISTANT COACH

Novice/Intermediate Program

Jennifer began her Artistic Swimming formally known as Synchronized Swimming career as an Aquamaid and obtained many National honors. She coached a recreational team in the Sacramento area before coming back to coach.

Marialaura Villasana

Marialaura Villasana

COACH

Pre-comp, Lessons & Camps

Marialaura was member of the Venezuelan National Team for 8 years. Her mission is to share her experience and knowledge of the sport to young athletes.

Olga Kuzhela

Olga Kuzhela

COACH

Competitive Program: 11-12

Olga Kuzhela is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Word Champion and European Champion, who now share her love for the sport with young swimmers.

Sonja Van der Velden, OLY

Sonja Van der Velden, OLY

COACH

Competitive Program: Junior & Senior

Sonja is a two time Olympic athlete from the Netherlands and award winning coach. She desires to pass on her experience and skills to help synchronized swimmers achieve