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    About the Orca Coaches

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    Sandy Neilson-Bell, Head Coach

    • 1972 Olympic Triple Gold Medalist 
    • 1971 National Champion
    • 1971 Pan American Games
    • 1984 Comeback Swimmer of the Year 
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree
    • 70 Masters National Championship Titles | 72 Masters National & 38 Masters World Records
    • 1992 Olympic Trials Finalist | 1996 Olympic Trials Qualifier | 1996 Finalist USA Nat'l Championships
    • First Swimmer ever to rank internationally in 3 different decades
    • Wild Orca Coach 1998-present

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    Note from the Head Coach

    Swimmers get ready to go!  Dust off your "swim toys" (aka: fins & goggles), put on an Orca shirt, wear a smile, and come down to the Westover Club to give a nice big Wild Orca "hello" to your buddies and the coaches who think you're grand :). Summer season is just around the corner!

    Parents please know that we coaches and swimmers appreciate very much, our wonderful Orca parent group (aka: POD Parents), and all the things you do to support the Orca program. Thank you in advance for what’s bound to be another great season.

    We've got 5 dual meets this time around, Orca team spirit events in the works, and as you know ... we're just going to have some plain ol' ORCA SUMMER FUN! So,get your spirit caps on and get ready to rock & roll! Good things are going to happen!

    See you at the pool :)
    Coach Sandy

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    Cooper Bell, Assistant Coach

    Cooper began coaching adult swimmers with his mom & dad when he was 14. He currently coaches TeamTexas Masters and has been coaching the Wild Orcas since 2007. A UIL Regionals finalist, Cooper began his swimming as a summer club swimmer and is still in the Wild Orcas record book. Cooper graduated from Texas State in Mathematics and currently is moving through CPA coursework. In his spare time he tutors math, teaches swimming, and enjoys disc golf and bagpiping.

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    Kate & Kirsten, Assistant Coaches

    Kate Nunke
    A Wild Orca from 7-18, Kate graduated in 2014 and took a year abroad before returning to her Orca roots. During that year she counseled children at the Wilderness School in New England and then headed to Ireland as an intern to demonstrate her social media skills magic.  Kate swam for Wild Orcas for 12 years, while also competing for the JCC Piranhas, COTA and Anderson H.S.  She is currently attending Guilford College in NC.

    Kirsten Bell, R.D.
    is no stranger to the water!  She has enjoyed swimming since a tot, having swum summer club in both Texas & California, Texas Aquatics, and Westlake H.S.  She has extensive teaching experience and has enjoyed a long-standing coaching apprenticeship under her parents, both swimming enthusiasts.  Kirsten

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    Coach Sandy | 2011 Mini-Team

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    Coaches Hannah & Alison | 2011

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    Coach Ian | 2011

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    Coach Cooper | 2011

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    Coaches: Sandy & Kaitlyn Erickson | 2003

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    Is than a 2002 Orca swim cap? Is that Coach Sandy?!

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    Bridger Bell, Asst. Coach 2002

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