Head Coach Jessica Done began as an International swimmer in New Zealand winning several National Titles in both New Zealand and The Australasian Region. As an athlete, she competed as a Collegiate Athlete for University of the Incarnate Word and studied Kinesiology and Music. During this time, Jessica was a performer in The Azul Show. She has coached internationally prior to joining our coaching staff and carries with her the commitment and passion for the sport.
Coach Marelys Sanchez began her synchro career in Venezuela at the age of 9. She competed internationally, and won 2 national titles. After making the journey from Venezuela to Houston with her family, she competed for Houston SynchroStars for 5 years at the junior and senior level and received the Most Valuable Swimmer (MVS) Award in 2018. Marelys has been a member of our coaching staff for 2 seasons. When not coaching, Marelys is a student at University of Houston studying Nutritional Sciences to become a Certified Nutritionist.
Coach Jennie-Victoria Turner, a North Floridian, swam for the Tallahassee Serinas (1995-2003) and graduated from Florida State University. When not coaching, Jennie works as a music therapist serving the special needs community in Houston. She has been a member of our coaching staff for 3 seasons and coaches our Aqua and Navy 12 & Under Teams. Coach Jennie-V. truly enjoys coaching and sharing her love of synchro with new swimmers.
Coach Ginny Whisenhunt started her synchro career with the Pennsebury Falconettes, and continued with the Austin Angelfish after moving to Texas. As a coach, Ginny started coaching summer camps and clinics while attending Texas A&M. In 2013, Ginny became apart of our coaching staff and has coached multiple age groups including her current 13-15 swimmers. On top of coaching, Ginny is also a Level 2 Judge.
Coach Kelly Echols is the White Team Lead Coach and started her synchro with the White Dolphins Gardens while also swimming competitive speed swimming in her local swim club. In 2019, she became a member of our coaching staff and enjoys watching her teenage daughter follow in her footsteps with the same passion for the sport as Kelly had as a child. Kelly loves coaching the athletes to be the best synchro swimmers they can possibly be, but even more importantly, she loves using this amazing sport to help teach them how to be the best people they can be.
Coach Isabelle Duenas started her synchro career with the First Colony SynchroStars in 2008 at the age of 9 and continued to swim for them till 2017 until they changed their name to Houston SynchroStars and swam for one more year. When not coaching, she goes to college at the university of Houston majoring in education as she loves to work with kids. She has been a member of our coaching staff for 2 seasons and coaches our advanced intermediate team. Ultimately Isabelle just wants to teach the swimmers how truly unique and special this sport is.
Coach Jennifer Pierce started synchronized swimming at the age of 6 years old at a club in West Houston before joining the Houston SynchroStars. In 2018, Coach Jennifer joined our coaching staff and is currently coaching our novice team. Coach Jennifer's love for the sport shines through her endless commitment to her athletes and showing them the love she shares with the sport.
Talent Development Coach Irene Montrucchio is an Olympic Bronze Medalist (Spain/2012 London Games) and has competed, coached, and consulted extensively in the US, Europe, and Latin America. In addition to coaching, Coach Irene trains with the Houston SynchroStars Masters Team.