About Us

Welcome to the Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club, ACSC THUNDER!

We are one of 120 swim clubs that make up Pacific Swimming which is the third-largest regional association under our governing body, USA Swimming. All of our coaches are certified under USA Swimming and attend annual seminars and workshops geared towards age group and senior swimming.

ACSC’s mantra of “Building strong minds and healthy bodies,” requires hard work and discipline. Traits that support a healthy attitude whether you come in first or last in a race. Fortunately, one of the side effects of working hard is swimming fast and having fun! Each child develops at different rates, but we adults, coaches and parents, can support this difference by following some basic recommendations below. Here at ACSC we strive to develop conscientious swimmers that are contributors to our team and to the community as a whole.


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Will Triplett

Head Coach & Program Director

  • Swam competitively for Santa Clara Swim Club & San Jose State
  • Pacific Swimming ‘George Haines’ Senior Coach of Year
  • CA Girls State High School Coach of Year
  • CCS Honor Coach of the year
  • Aptos High Coaching Hall of Fame
  • Current Aptos High Head Varsity coach
  • Current Cabrillo College Swim Coach
  • Former Cabrillo Threshers Program Director & Head Coach for over 40 years

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Brandon Shilling

Age Group Coach - Simpkins

  • Swam competitively for Santa Clara Swim Club
  • 2-time High School CCS champion in 200 IM
  • Former Age Group Coach for the Cabrillo Threshers

Coach hallie

Hailie Struckmeyer

Age Group Coach - Simpkins

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Matt Crawford

Age Group Coach - Aptos

Matt Crawford is originally from the Sacramento area where he grew up swimming summer rec and participating in a variety of other sports. He swam 4 years at UC Davis, from 2003-2007, where he specialized in sprint freestyle and backstroke and trained alongside Olympians Haley Cope and Scott Weltz, as well as Aptos locals Danny Donnelly and Abby Cornell. While in college, Matt began coaching with the Davis Aquamonsters under the tutelage of his college coach, Peter Motekaitis and his wife Koren Motekaitis. Under their direction, the team morphed into a summer rec/USA hybrid that has produced multiple Junior National level swimmers. Matt’s coaching philosophy is always put the athlete first. He tailors his style to the needs of each swimmer while providing a training program that can meet the needs of everyone in the pool. He believes in a base of sound technique and a robust aerobic capacity to provide a foundation for long term success. In his spare time, Matt enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dogs. Matt is also the Head Coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams at UC Santa Cruz.

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Darlene Friedley

Age Group Coach - Aptos

BIO coming soon!


Aptos High School

100 Mariner Way, Aptos, California, US

Simpkins Family Swim Center

979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, US

Cabrillo College Pool

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California, US