Meet our Coaches

Krista Markell - Head Coach

This is Krista's second season with the Orcas.  We are so excited with her coaching skills, especially in stroke development, that she brings to the team. 

Krista started her swimming career at the age of 6 at her local YMCA in Kankakee, IL.  She continued competitive swimming though high school and college (Rochester Institute of Technology).  She was the captain of her high school swim team and a captain her junior and senior seasons at RIT.
Krista has a Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism Management.  She has worked as a tour coordinator/developer and translated these skills into a Membership Director with the YMCA.  Now in Colorado she has become a passionate volunteer working with :  Berthoud schools, Loveland Environmental Education, Make a Difference Day, Lifebridge Church, Longmont Christian Women's Connection, as well as coordinated an annual Swim-A-Thon benefitting House of Neighborly Service.

Krista coached the Town of Berthoud's Recreational Swim Team for youth 6 to 18 years of age for 9 years growing the program from 25 swimmers to over 80 swimmers.  In addition to her responsibilities with the Orcas, she is the Head Coach of the newly formed Turner Middle School Swim/Dive team.

Notable Accomplishments:

Four year Varsity swimmer in both high school and college

Two year Varsity diver in college

Three time finisher of Lake Candlewood 10 1/2 mile Charity Endurance Swim

Active triathlete


Board President for Little 't' Preschool

Treasurer of Berthoud Band Boosters

President for the Longmont Christian Women's Connection

Married to Trent with two children (Kyla & Tyler)

Kellie Stump, MS

Kellie joined NCO Synchro as a coach in 2012.  She began swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts (WCA) in CA from ages 7 to 17. Taking a brief hiatus from synchro, she competed in speed swimming and water polo during her undergraduate years  at Chapman University. 

Kellie initially moved to CO to pursue a MS in Conservation Leadership and swam with the Colorado State University’s synchro team during the 2013-2014 season. 

Kellie loves coaching for the Orcas and especially coaching figures!

Notable Accomplishments:

While with Walnut Creek Aquanauts:
2009 - 1st place in Trio at Jr. Nationals
2nd place in Team at Jr. Nationals
2nd place in Phase 2 figures of Jr. National Team Trials
6th place in Solo at Jr. Nationals
4th place in Team at Sr. Nationals
Jr/Sr A Team Captain
Jr. Aquanut of the Year
2008 - 1st place in Team at Jr. Nationals 4th place in Trio at Jr. Nationals 7th place in duet at Jr. Nationals
2005 - Competed internationally at the Comen Cup in Athens, Greece

While with CSU:
2014 - 2nd place in B Figure group at the North Zone Championships
5th place in B Figure group at Nationals
10th place in Duet at Nationals

Other:MS in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University (2015)
Summer and Fall research semesters in Puerto Maldonado, Peru (2014)
BS in Environmental Science and Policy from Chapman University (2013)
Emphasis in Ecology, Minors in Spanish and Peace Studies
Semester abroad in Suva, Fiji (2012)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Outstanding Senior Award
Published author in the Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences regarding wetland soil science. 

Sarena Habebrand- Upper Age Group Coach

 This is Sarena's tenth season coaching for the  Orcas. She began her synchro career at 10 and  competing all the way through high school and college. Sarena helped start the CSU synchro team in 2007, coached for the summer synchro team from 2007-2012 and began working with the Orcas in 2005. She completed her undergrad education as CSU and is currently teaching graphic arts at a K-12 school in Lafayette.  Her favorite part of coaching is making connections with the swimmers and watching them improve over the course of a season and their synchro careers.   

Alyssa Carson - Assistant Coach

Alyssa joined our coaching staff in     2013. Synchro started for Alyssa with the Boulder Aquateens (now known as 5280 Synchro), swimming with them for 8 years. She currently swims for Colorado State University’s club team. Alyssa loves synchro and llamas.

Notable Accomplishments:
While swimming for the Boulder Aquateens (BAT):
Competed at 6 Age Group Nationals 
2009 - 4th in Team at Zones 
2012 - 7th in Team at Zones 

While swimming for CSU Synchro: 
2012 - 12th in Trio at Nationals 
2013 - 11th in Team at Nationals 
2014 - elected team vice president 

Biomedical Science major; pre-vet 
Member of Lleaping Llamas 4H for 8 years 
Concertmaster for high school orchestra for 2 years 

Sasha Boudko - Assistant Coach

Sasha began coaching for Orcas in 2016.  Her synchro career began in 2006 with Flagler County Belles. After moving to Illinois she continued her career with the Aquasprites through the 2015 season.  She is now a student at CSU pursuing a Bachelor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Cognitive Concentration. Sasha brings enthusiasm and a bubbly personality to the team. 

Notable Accomplishments:
1st place solo, duet, trio and team in Illinois and region
5th place solo 2014 US Nationals Illinois All star
Represented Illinois at Olympic Training Camp

Team Captain 2013 – 2015
Fluent in Russian 

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