Jay Peluso


Jay Peluso, a two-time All-American swimmer, hails from Cumberland, RI and is the founder of Peluso Open Water.

He graduated from UMass with a degree in Sports Management where he was a seven time New England Swimming Champion and a starter on the 1993 New England Champion water polo squad. He earned his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1996 and was inducted into the RI Aquatics Hall of Fame in 2004.  Coach Jay’s triathlon and open water career highlights include being a five-time member of USAT’s Age Group World Championship team and a second place finish at the USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championships.

He is currently the Co-Owner and Race Director for the IGNITE SwimRun Series, the first ever multi-state SwimRun series in the U.S. 

Alice Phillips


Alice Phillips has been a masters swimmer for over 20 years. In this time she has enjoyed participating in local and regional events, setting some state records, and finishing in the top ten at Nationals. Alice is currently looking for new ways to add to her swimming resume by trying open water events in fun new locations and working on pool events and distances that are less familiar to her. She loves learning and sharing in the adventure of adult competition with her teammates at POWM. 

Alice also coached for 14 years at Trinity Episcopal School where her teams won numerous awards and she earned several Coach of the Year honors. For the past two years she has jumped back into the summer league scene as a coach at Salisbury Country Club. Teaching kids to swim and race well is a challenge she also really enjoys. When not on deck in one capacity or another, Alice teaches high school science, works in her garden, and loves to try new recipes. She has been married for 27 years and has a daughter, 21, and a son, 18.

Dan Szajta


Coach Dan grew up swimming competitively in Buffalo, NY. He swam varsity for 6 years and continued to compete in college, swimming for SUNY Geneseo. After his college swimming career, he was able to turn his full attention to triathlon, getting started in the WNY short course scene before stepping up to long course racing.

Dan combines his passion for teaching and endurance sports as a swimming and triathlon coach. He has coaching certifications from USA Triathlon and Ironman.

Consistently out of the water with the lead swim group, his most memorable accomplishments include finishing 4th overall at Ironman Maryland, 8th overall at Ironman Louisville, winning his age group at Ironman Lake Placid, qualifying for 70.3 and full Ironman World Championships.

Prior to planting roots in Richmond, Dan coached his former high school varsity boys team. One of his fondest coaching memories was helping one of his seniors break his own 100 butterfly school record.

Margaret Rechel


Margaret Rechel, an American Swimming Coaching Association Level 2 Coach, has been a competitive swimmer since birth. Being the youngest of three very athletic swimming siblings, she was raised at swimming pools in Columbus, Ohio. She quickly developed a passion for swimming while setting multiple country club league records. After captaining her high school team, she swam for four years at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a major force as a freestyler in continuing the women’s team streak of 10 consecutive conference championships.

Margaret trains regularly in the water herself, using the time to develop creative techniques to help her athletes overcome specific training obstacles.  Margaret takes great pride in enabling her swimmers to become ‘one with the water,’ improve technique, drop times, and most importantly, enjoy swimming.  

Margaret's multisport highlights include her 2017 IRONMAN Florida Top-10 finish, 2016 Sub 6-hr 70.3 finish as well as her Overall number 1 National Ranking in Aqua-BIke.   She is the current LMSC record holder in the 50m, 200, 400m, & 800m Freestyle for W18-24.

Ed Boyle


Ed Boyle completed his first triathlon in 1992 and has been swimming competitively since 1964. Ed swam at Ginter Park, and later with the VCU-AAU team. 

A four- time Ironman finisher and ROKA FOTW (first out of the water) in his Age Group at IM Louisville, Ed has also completed a number of 70.3’s and is the owner of  JachinBoaz Triathlon Training (Jay-Kin Boaz). He works with athletes at the 70.3 and 140.6 distances and enjoys working with newbies to the sport as well as older athletes. 

Ed is a Level 2 USMS Certified Coach and a USAT Level 1 Coach. He is also a F.I.S.T. certified bike fitter using a dynamic fit Retül Bike with video capture technology resulting in digital reports and videos to record your bike fit metrics.

Tess Andres


Tess has been an avid competitive swimmer for as far back as she can remember. Growing up, her second home was at the pool. During high school in New Jersey she was introduced to the world of open water swimming and was hooked for life.

Tess swam for the Wingate University Bulldogs in North Carolina as she continued to look for more and more open water swimming opportunities. Summer is truly her training season and this season Tess will be swimming the 4.4 mile Great Chesapeake Bay swim as well as attempting to complete the Full Distance of the SwimRVA Open H2O Series which includes 2-mi, 4.4-mi and 10-mi swims.

Coaching with the Pelsuo Open Water program has given Tess the chance to share her love of swimming with others. In addition to being a lessons coach for Peluso Open Water, She has also been the Head Coach of the Dolphin Club Winter Swim team for the past 10 years.

Tess is in her 10th year teaching science at Seven Hills School.  

Nicole LePere


Nicole LePere was born and raised in Southern California. She started swimming at age five for Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST) and later with her high school as well. 

Nicole moved to Virginia to attend & swim at the University of Richmond where she held the school and A10 conference records in the 200 backstroke. As a team captain she also earned the Helen Reba Humbert Award for athletic, leadership and scholarly attributes and was inducted into the Hall of Fame with the 2010-2011 Swimming & Diving team.  

In 2009 Nicole qualified and competed in USA Swimming's World Championship Trials in the 100 and 200 backstroke. She followed that up with the 2010 National Championships. 

After college, she switched gears to marathon running and triathlons and recently competed in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Sports Backers Presidents Council to help make the Richmond community more active and healthy!

Wynne Reece


Wynne works behind the scenes at Peluso Open Water. She handles social media marketing and is an active part of the race production team. You'll also see her checking in swimmers and providing safety support on her stand-up paddleboard at clinics and open water swim practices.

A runner at heart, Wynne is a Boston Marathon Qualifier and has run the NYC Marathon and Challenge Roth Marathon among many others. She also enjoys CrossFit and yoga.