Lisa van Loben Sels: Lisa returns for her 7th season with Bellevue. She began her swimming career at the age of 8 and ultimately was awarded a swimming scholarship to Oregon State University where she received her BS in Exercise and Sport Science. She held long standing records in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events as well as being a member of the school’s 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, and 400 Medley relays. During her final year at Oregon State she was the Women’s assistant coach. Lisa continued to swim after graduation and was the 1995 Masters’ Nationals Champion in the 50 meter freestyle. A few years later she became the coach for the Juanita Area Master’s Team and continued to coach for three years.
After receiving her BS from Oregon State, Lisa went on to receive a Masters in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1998. Lisa’s professional focus has been orthopedic physical therapy, surgical and non-surgical spine, and extremity rehabilitation. She is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with an emphasis in dance and swimming rehabilitation. In 2003, with one of her colleagues, she opened Eastside Sports Rehab and has been providing high quality physical therapy services to the greater Eastside.
Lisa continues to swim and is excited for the opportunity to once again be on deck.
Alissa Avila-Hansen: Alissa is a self-proclaimed “water baby”. As a young kid she swam in summer leagues, and eventually joined her high school swim team in her junior and senior year. Alissa never felt stronger or more confident than when she swam. Her favorite strokes were--and still are--butterfly and freestyle. Alissa is also a California native and UC Davis graduate. She looks forward to helping swimmers at Bellevue High School become stronger, faster, and all-around better athletes.