COACHING PHILOSOPHY

At Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY), we embrace a comprehensive competition program in collaboration with USA Swimming. Aligned with our training philosophy, this program aims to create challenging yet achievement-oriented scenarios for swimmers across all age groups and skill levels. The TBAY coaching staff is unwaveringly committed to furnishing a learning environment that instills the importance of personal improvement in young athletes. Consequently, coaches maintain full authority over matters concerning training and competition.

The placement of swimmers into practice groups is a decision entrusted to the coaching staff, hinging on various factors such as age and individual ability. The TBAY coaching staff assumes exclusive responsibility for stroke instruction and the formulation of training regimens. Scientific principles underpin the design of each practice level, aligning with the long-term progress of the respective group. During meets, our coaching staff orchestrates and oversees warm-up activities for the entire team, providing constructive feedback on individual performances after each race.

Our primary emphasis is on self-competition. While winning accolades is not dismissed, our paramount goal centers on personal improvement. Even if a swimmer secures victory but falls short of their own past performance, we encourage them to strive for continual advancement. Sportsmanship holds equal stature to enhanced performance, with respect for officials, gracious acknowledgment of opponents, support for teammates, unwavering effort, and mature attitudes being behaviors applauded and acknowledged by the TBAY coaching staff. Praise is extended not just for rankings but for strides in stroke refinement and timing.

Swimmers are coached to set realistic yet challenging goals for meets, linking these objectives to their daily practice routines. We prepare and motivate swimmers to partake in a diverse array of swimming events, distances, and strokes, fostering versatility and inspiring them to explore their potential across the spectrum of competitive swimming.

The TBAY coaching staff is committed to the ongoing enhancement of the program. It remains the joint responsibility of athletes and parents to seize the outstanding opportunity presented by this program, leveraging it for success in the realm of competitive swimming.


COACHING STAFF


Jason Bowes
High Performance Coach
Coach Jason's Email - [email protected]

 

Dive into Excellence with Coach Jason at Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY)

Meet Jason, the visionary Head Coach of Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY), boasting over 30 years of esteemed experience, innovation, and a profound dedication to nurturing both the athletic and personal growth of his swimmers. Since taking the helm in 2007, Jason has orchestrated a remarkable resurgence of TBAY's elite program, sculpting it into a powerhouse of achievement and community spirit.

Under Jason's expert guidance, TBAY has emerged as a breeding ground for swimming champions, from National and International team members to State record-holders and Olympic Trial qualifiers. Over 150 State medalists have honed their skills within our ranks, alongside All-American and Academic All-American swimmers who've gone on to grace the rosters of prestigious university programs nationwide.

The TBAY family extends beyond the pool, with Jason also serving as Head Coach of Tampa Preparatory School’s Swim and Dive Team. Together, they've notched an impressive record of accolades, including multiple High School State Medalists and County Swimmers of the Year, cementing their status as a force to be reckoned with in the swimming community.

Jason's dedication doesn't stop there. He's been recognized as Hillsborough Swim Coach of the Year, and in 2012, received commendation from the Hillsborough County Commissioners for his outstanding contributions. His coaching prowess has even earned him roles with Team Florida and as a 2024 USA Swimming Zone Select Camp Assistant Coach.

A true luminary in the field, Jason's journey to TBAY saw him shape the future of swimming at renowned institutions like North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) and the Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montreal. With a pedigree that includes coaching Olympians and leading teams to national titles, Jason brings an unrivaled wealth of experience to every session on the pool deck.

Originally hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Jason's passion for swimming took root early, propelling him to success both as an athlete and as a coach. Now, as a Level 5 certified coach with the American Swim Coaches Association, Jason continues to inspire the next generation of swimmers to chase their dreams with unwavering determination.

Join us at Tampa Bay Aquatics, where Coach Jason's unwavering commitment to excellence transforms young athletes into champions—both in and out of the water.

 

Colleges: Notre Dame, Miami, Clemson, Texas, Washington University in St. Louis, NYU, Alabama, Davidson, Dartmouth, FIU, University of Pennsylvania, Siena, Columbia, College of Charlestown, Florida Gulf Coast, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Cornell, Fordham, University of Tampa, Bates, Boston College, Arizona State, TCU, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon, Xavier, Colorado School of Mines, Wesleyan University, Hamilton College, Center College, United States Merchant Marine Academy, University of Nebraska, University of Arizona.

 


Clement Lachat
Head  Age Group Coach

Coach Clement's Email - [email protected]

 

Clement Lachat, originally from Saint-Etienne, France, relocated to the United States in 2013. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 2019, he embarked on a dual journey, pursuing a PharmD and a Master's degree at LECOM Pharmacy school. Certified as a Level 4 coach by the American Swim Coaches Association, Clement's dedication to swimming began at the age of 10 in his hometown, igniting his enduring passion for the sport.

Upon settling in Tampa in 2013, Clement immersed himself in competitive swimming with Tampa Bay Aquatics. As a student at Plant High School, he led his team to the State Championships in his senior year as team captain. Transitioning to coaching in 2016, he started as an assistant coach for the Mighty Bucs and Lil Bucs teams, eventually assuming the lead coaching role for these groups in the fall of 2017. In 2020, he ascended to the position of head age group coach at Tampa Bay Aquatics.

Throughout his coaching journey, Clement has had the privilege of guiding athletes across all ages and skill levels, from beginners mastering the fundamentals to state champions and even those competing at national and international levels. Notably, he was honored as a Florida all-star team coach in both 2023 and 2024, a testament to his coaching prowess.

Described as positive and driven, Clement's greatest joy lies in imparting his passion for swimming to the next generation. His overarching goal is to foster a nurturing and enjoyable environment where swimmers can thrive, develop, and realize their full potential within the vibrant culture of TBAY.

 

GO TBAY!

 


 

Fernando Sedano-Roman
Head Age Group Coach and Swimming Lessons Director

Coach Fernando's Email - [email protected]

 

Fernando Sedano-Roman is a dedicated professional who has successfully completed his studies in Psychology at the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico in 2021. He furthered his education by earning a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2023. During his academic journey, Fernando received a prestigious full-ride scholarship to Interamerican University and showcased his leadership skills by guiding his team to victory as a team captain in the 2018 LAI Champions.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Fernando began his swimming career at the age of 9 in Puerto Rico. His talent and dedication propelled him to make his debut on Puerto Rico's national team at the age of 11, representing his country from 2011 to 2016 in international competitions across various countries such as Aruba, Barbados, Qatar, and the Bahamas.

In 2012, Fernando returned to Tampa and enrolled at Tampa Prep, where he excelled both academically and athletically. As a three-time team captain (sophomore, junior, and senior years), Fernando led his team to success at High School States for four consecutive years and holds an impressive four school records. Since 2012, he has been an integral part of the TBAY family and is thrilled to transition into a coaching role.

Fernando is committed to fostering the same passion, love, and positive environment he experienced growing up, aiming to impart these values to the next generation of TBAYnation members. As a proven leader and exceptional role model, Fernando brings positivity, care, and motivation to every athlete he mentors. He finds great joy in helping others achieve their goals and is eager to coach AGP1 and AGP2 groups, continuing to make a positive impact on young athletes' lives.

 


Alex Salazar
Assistant Coach 

(Lil Bucs, Mighty Bucs Groups and Swimming Lessons)

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Alex proudly embraces his Cuban heritage. Currently, he is a student at Hillsborough Community College, pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine. At the age of 11, his passion for swimming was ignited, propelling him into the world of competitive sports.

Throughout his four years at Alonso High School, he was dedicated to swimming and representing the school with great pride. In his role as Captain of the swim team during his sophomore, junior, and senior years, he led by example both in and out of the pool. His specialties included the 500 Free, 200 Free, and the 400 Free Relay, pushing his boundaries and striving for excellence in every race.

Expanding his horizons beyond personal achievements, he ventured into coaching. For the past year and a half, he has been sharing his expertise with aspiring athletes, guiding them towards their own triumphs. This coaching experience has brought him immense fulfillment as he passes on his knowledge and passion for swimming to the next generation.


Savannah Savitt
Assistant Coach
(Swimming Lessons)

Savannah started swimming for TBAY under Coach Jason Bowes at the age of 9.  Coach Savannah went on to attend High School at Tampa Prep where she was a 5-year letter winner, team captain, 5-time All-County performer, 3-time First Team All Tampa Bay Area Selection, 2-time Scholastic All-American, 15-time District Champion, and 9-time Regional Champion. Savannah currently holds 3 records at Tampa Prep: 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard free relay, and 400-yard free relay.

Savannah then went on to receive a scholarship to swim at the University of Nebraska under US Olympian and Gold Medalist, Pablo Morales. Savannah excelled in the classroom and the pool at the University of Nebraska. While competing for the CornhuskersSavy was a 4-year letter winner, 3-time academic All-Big 10 selection, had 27 top 5 finishes, and is currently the school record holder in the 800-yard free relay. Savannah is looking forward to helping all the young swimmers achieve their goals.

Savy is excited to be working with the Mighty Bucs, Lil Bucs and, AGP1+2 groups and will instil the same core values she received as an athlete and a huge part of the TBAYnation Family!

 


Kylie Piche
Assistant Coach

Kylie has served as an Assistant Coach with TBAY since 2011. She works with Age group Performance 1+ 2, Lil Bucs and Mighty Bucs groups.  Kylie grew up in Brandon, Florida, and began swimming competitively when she was 8 years old.   Kylie attended the University of Tampa on a swimming scholarship from 2011 until May 2013. Kylie went to NCAA Division II championships in both years of college swimming, achieving 2 All-American awards. She is currently an elementary school teacher and dog mom to Dunkin. Kylie loves encouraging others to their highest personal level of achievement possible and learning valuable lessons along that journey.


Wyatt Foote
Assistant Coach

Wyatt works with Age group Performance 1 + 2, Lil Bucs and Mighty Bucs groups.  Wyatt Foote was raised in Tallahassee, Florida and started swimming at the age of 6 years old. As a breaststroke and IM specialist, Wyatt began claiming age group state championship titles and holding records. Heading into high school, Wyatt claimed numerous district, regional, and state titles in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breastroke all four years. In addition, Wyatt placed 1st at the 2017 USA Swimming Futures National Championship in the 200 Breastroke and competitively placed at other national-level competitions

Wyatt was recruited to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Swimming in a challenging NCAA Division 1 program, Wyatt was exposed to advanced levels of training and technique in and out of the pool that ultimately led him to be a 3x Western Athletic Conference finalist. Following his 1st year at the Air Force Academy, Wyatt decided to hang up the suit in order to pursue his professional military career. He made the Athletic Director’s Honor List all four years as well as the Dean’s Honor List and Commandant’s Honor List multiple semesters all while holding leadership positions that placed him in command of large groups of students/cadets. 

Wyatt graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2022 with a bachelor of science in Legal Studies and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is currently stationed at MacDill Air Force Base awaiting his pilot training class date and has decided to dedicate his free time to assisting with coaching the little bucs, mighty bucs, and AGP1+2. Wyatt holds dear to his heart the priceless value that discipline and work ethic bring to one’s life. He will instil in each and every swimmer a love for the sport of swimming and the lessons it teaches for the road ahead. 


Olivia Vignec
Assistant Coach

Olivia grew up in Lakeland, Florida and began competitive swimming at the age of nine. She joined TBAY as a member of the High-Performance group in 2020. Olivia is the team captain and swims for Lakeland Senior High School as a student at Harrison School for the Arts. She holds several City and County records as a member of relay teams and has been City, County, and District champion multiple times and in multiple events. For the past three years, she has been selected as a member of the All-County First Team in Polk County. She has made it to the high school state championships since she was a freshman and is training to repeat this as she enters her senior year. Olivia has participated in several leadership opportunities. This includes being selected to attend Florida Swimming’s Athlete Leadership Summit. She has also been involved in a fundraiser called Swim Across America. For this event, she has been team captain for three years and a member of the Junior Board for one year. Through her leadership, Olivia and her teams have raised over $28,000 to fund cancer research and clinical trials. 
 
Olivia has realized how much swimming can give to a person — confidence, sense of self and personal satisfaction in striving to always meet new goals. She looks forward to helping others reach their goals.
 


Catherine Vaughan
Assistant Coach

Catherine first began swimming competitively at the age of five and has been furthering her position in the sport for eleven years since. She first joined TBAY in fifth grade and was introduced into Age Group 2. She then moved up to Age Group 1, and shortly after, advanced to the top team, High Performance, at thirteen. Swimming not only for her club team, she also participates on her high school swim team with H.B. Plant Highschool, in Tampa, FL. She has competed at the city, county, district, and state levels with her school, and won numerous Western Conference titles, whether in individual events or with relays. During her freshman year, she was given the “Outstanding Freshman” award. This year, she was given the “Outstanding Sophomore” award, and she hopes to achieve these positions in the next two years for each grade. While the sport is very important to her, so are the values that come along with it. With two other teammates, Catherine attended Florida Swimming’s Leadership Summit this past year, learning a lot about herself and meeting many new people in the process. 
 

TBAY Board

Board President  - Andrej Petrov

Treasurer  - Allene Myers

Director of Operations & Safe Sport Coordinator - Jason Bowes

Technology Director - Nate Braun 

Secretary - Emily Hutton