PLU Swimming's exceptional season another step in development of program
Even with two weeks of hindsight, the Pacific Lutheran swim team's historic season and dominant performance at the Northwest Conference championship meet continues to inspire awe at the achievement and excitement for the future. read more
Matt Sellman returned to his alma mater prior to the 2010-2011 season as the aquatics director and head swimming coach and has built the program into a regional powerhouse, earning Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors four times while steering the Lutes to three NWC Championships.
Sellman became the first coach in Northwest Conference history to win NWC Coach of the Year accolades for four consecutive seasons on the women’s side, capturing the honor in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013, while guiding the Lute women to NWC Crowns in 2016, 2015, and 2014. His 2016 team was simply dominant, winning 12 of the 18 events contested.
During his tenure at PLU, Sellman’s swimmers have won 27 NWC individual titles on the women’s side and six titles on the men’s side, while breaking almost every school record. The Lute women have finished in the upper half of the NWC in each of the last six seasons, including three consecutive league crowns from 2014-2016 while the men have finishing among the upper half all eight years under Sellman, including a runner-up finish in 2017.
Sellman coached PLU’s first-ever female NCAA qualifier in 2018 with NWC Freshman of the Year Kaycee Simpson competing in the 200-yard IM, 200-yard butterfly, and 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis.
Tomas Mendez-Beck joined the Pacific Lutheran coaching staffprior to the 2014-15 season. He graduated from Seattle Universityin 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science.He swam all four years at Seattle and holds school records in the200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay.
Prior to his intercollegiate career, Mendez-Beck spent 10 yearswith the Hillsboro Swim Team, where he swam for James Resare. Healso coaches with KING Aquatic Club.