Octavio Alesi begins his first season as an Assistant Coach with LMU swimming in 2016-17.
Alesi, who competed at the 2008 Beijing (100m butterfly) and 2012 London (4x100m Freestyle Relay) Olympics, is the founder and head coach of Alpha Aquatics. His time with LMU began in January of 2016 as a swimming instructor with LMU Masters swimming, writing workouts and coaching practices for the club consisting of students, staff and community members. In the summer of 2016, Alesi served as an Advanced Group Instructor with LMU Swim Camps, working with kids of all ages and conducting filming and stroke analysis.
Alesi's swimming career began at age five in his home country of Venezuela. As a high schooler, he won Gold Medals at South American and Central American Championships (2003). After moving to the United States, he continued his success earning Gold Medals (18 & under) in the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the 2005 US Long Course Nationals (Irvine, Calif.), becoming the fastest Age Group swimmer in America.
After being recruited to the University of Tennessee, Coach Alesi raced to a total of 15 NCAA All-America Honors and set new school records in the 100 Butterfly and the 4x100 Freestyle Relay. During his Junior season, Alesi became only the second Volunteer (behind 1972 Olympic champion David Edgar) to complete the entire dual-meet regular season without losing a single race.
After earning his Bachelor's degree in International Studies, Alesi moved to Los Angeles to join the Trojans Swim Club led by International Swimming Hall of Fame and USC Head Coach Dave Salo. As a established world class swimmer, he participated in a total of six FINA Long Course and Short Course World Championships, reaching the Semi-finals in 2006 (Shanghai, China) and placing among the fastest swimmers in the planet numerous times in the stroke of Butterfly. He took part and earned medals in three editions of the Pan American Games, setting a new record in the 100m Butterfly (2007) which qualified him for the 2008 Olympic Games under the guidance of late Tennessee Coach Joe Hendee. In addition, he won two Gold Medals at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games ranking in the Top-5 swimmers in the world.
Alesi has always been passionate about mentoring the next generation. While in Los Angeles, he served as an ambassador for the WorldFit Organization, a foundation led by Gary Hall Sr. and formed by Olympians dedicated to help reduce child obesity in America. He has also acted as supervisor for the Trojans Swim Club's outreach program where the "Learn-to Swim" program continues to benefit nearly 100 children in East Los Angeles. Alesi also was an Assistant Coach for Team Santa Monica where he coached numerous swimmers to Sectional and Junior Olympic championships, while one of his swimmers earned a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships as part of the USA Para-National Team.
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