Santa Fe Seals

Co-Head Coaches

Theresa Hamilton has been coaching the Seals for 26 years. She is a Level 3 coach with the American Swim Coaches Association, and has inspired swimmers who have gone on to swim on Division 1 and 2 college teams.

Tomas Duran
has 10 years of coaching experience and is a full-time faculty member in Santa Fe Community College’s Fitness Education Department. He was the head coach of the SFCC Blue Sharks from 2002 to 2006.Assistant Coaches

Vivian Reinikainen is an equally inspiring leader and role model. When not coaching, she is an avid swimmer, runner and bicycle racer – for 51 years!

Gabriela Schwenker works with our younger Seal swimmers and helps to integrate them into a healthy and positive learning environment while making the skill sets fun.

Michelle Leyba has earned certifications in water safety instruction and coaching. She encourages children to believe in themselves and gives them the tools to become better swimmers.

Join the Santa Fe Seals!

This team is designed to develop competitive swimming skills in a fun and positive environment.  If you are between the ages of 5 and 20 and have the desire to compete and improve your skills, come join the Santa Fe Seals!

The Santa Fe Seals Swim Team has a year round, relaxed team environment where your child can learn swim skills, life skills, gain confidence and have fun!

We offer several different packages depending on the age and skill set of your swimmer.  There are options to swim 5 nights per week for the serious swimmer and 3 nights per week for the beginner to intermediate student.

We look forward to providing your swimmer with the best practices and strategies in presenting quality opportunities to have successful outcomes in competitive swimming and that will carry over into all other aspects of life.

From Former Santa Fe Seals:

“Being a Santa Fe Seal was the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had. Theresa taught me hard work and dedication, and through this hard work came many opportunities throughout my life. I earned a college athletic scholarship, giving me the chance to study and swim in Boston. Swimming opened so many doors in my life, and for that I will be forever grateful.” Karissa Lopez Santa Fe Seal 1987-2002

“I grew up in Santa Fe and swam with the Seals for 10 years. I earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri, and Theresa’s coaching expertise had a lot to do with that. Swimming offers the benenfit being a year-round sport. You also forge some of the best friendships with your teammates and coaches. I will always reflect on my swimming career – especially my years with the Seals – as some of the most memorable times in my life.”  Stephen Darmitzel, DDS