Bruin Swim Club is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 17 and combines a competitive spirit with training that is developmentally appropriate. Our high quality coaching encourages the achievement of each individual and enforces athletic training, motivational support, and having fun.

Philosophy: To learn how to make swimming a lifestyle. By making swimming a lifestyle, you learn what it means to be committed and disciplined, how to live and enjoy the moment, and how to set long term goals. We want our swimmers to have fun while they are working hard. The rewards will come through commitment, hard work and enjoyment of this special sport. 


Swimmers receive excellent technique training in all swimming strokes. 

Swimmers gain strength and endurance in all swimming strokes. 

Swimmers learn the language of competitive swimming and interval training and how to pace themselves in long and short meets. 

Swimmers are encouraged to become self-disciplined and self-motivated. 

Swimmers participate in a multi-age group club that promotes friendship supporting one another.

Julia Voitovitsch - Head Coach

Coach Julia was born in Kiev, Ukraine and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. From 1993-2000, Julia competed as a member of the German national swim team, participating in many national and international events including the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where she swam the 100 meter butterfly. Julia swam the butterfly leg for the German world record in the 200 meter medley relay in 1996. She also held the German national record in the 100 meter butterfly. Julia was a member of the UCLA Women’s Swim Team on full athletic scholarship from 1998 to 2001. During that time she won numerous races and set several team records. 

Currently Julia holds the UCLA record in the 100 meter butterfly (short course), UCLA Bruin Masters swim records in the 25-29 age group in 50, 100, and 200 fly, and the 100, and 200 IM in short course meters, and also 50, and 100 fly, and 100 IM in short course yards. Since 2004, after graduating from UCLA, Julia has worked as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club. She has many years of experience as both a swimming coach and a swimming instructor for individuals of all ages and skill levels. 

Ivan Podvalov - Assistant Head Coach

Ivan Podvalov holds a B.S. (Hon) from the Olympic Academy of Kazakhstan as well as of the Kazakh Institute of Physical Education. He continued his education at the International Olympic Academy in Athens, Greece in 1994-1995, culminating in his participation in the Kazakh Olympic delegation. 

Ivan began his swimming career in junior and national team of Kazakhstan (former U.S.S.R.), culminating in his participation in both national and international competitions, including the Central Asian Games, the Asian Games and the Olympics. 

After immigrating to the United States in 2001, Ivan worked as a swim coach at various clubs before becoming a coach at a public school in North Torrance, California. He later became swim coach at private Milken Community High School in Los Angeles where he coached for six years before accepting an assistant coaching position for Masters and Bruin Swim Club.

In his free time, Ivan is an avid historian, published author and enjoys spending time with his family and two teenage children


Maria Larios - Assistant Coach

Maria is a recent graduate from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's of Art in Intensive Psychology. She began swimming competitively when she was 8 years old, as well as doing synchronized swimming and diving. She was part of the Westchester Swim Team for 7 years. 

She has now been working for UCLA Recreation for a little over 4 years as Swim Instructor, Aquatic Exercise Instructor, and Lifeguard.



Leslie Dove - Assistant Coach

Leslie is in her fourth year studying Anthropology and Geography/Environmental Studies here at UCLA. She competed on the Fontana Aquatics Club for the USA Swimming, YMCA and San Gorgonio leagues from the ages of 9 to 18. She was a Junior Olympic and Age Group Championship qualifier on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2013. Leslie also attend Fontana High School where she competed on their varsity swimming and water polo teams all four years. 

At this time, she competed at the California Interscholastic Federation Conference twice in relays and individual events, and competed as a finalist at the 2013 conference. She is also involved with the club water polo team at UCLA and enjoys instructing swimmers of all ages in technique and water safety skills with UCLA Recreation.

North Pool at Kaufman Hall

120 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Student Activities Center Pool

220 Westwood Plaza 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 

Family Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

111 Easton Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 

Park Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

111 Easton Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 

Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center

114 Easton Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 

These are the basic criteria’s and any modifications will be at coaches’ discretion. 

Bruin I Group (Beginners): 8 x 100y on the interval of 2 minutes, 20 seconds

Bruin II Group (Advanced Beginners): 8 x 100y on the interval of 1 minutes, 50 seconds

Bruin III Group (Intermediate): 8 x 100y on the interval of 1 minutes, 30 seconds. Swimmers should master the techniques of all four strokes and have the endurance to hold 1.5 hours workouts. 

Bruin IV Group (Advanced): 8 x 100y on the interval of 1 minutes, 20 seconds. Swimmers must be committed to swimming. 

Bruin VI Group (Advanced): 8 x 100y on the interval of 1 minutes, 15 seconds. This group swims six times per week.

**NOTE: We do not encourage our young swimmers to swim more than 4 times per week until the age of 9 to avoid the overtraining effect at a young age.


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May 19-20, 2018: (50m) - Santa Barbara - open to everybody 

June 2-3, 2018: (50m) - Castaic Lake - open only to RB levels

June 15-17, 2018: (50m) - June Invites (qualifications required for this swim meet ) location TBA 

July 21-22, 2018: (50m) - El Toro High School - JO MAX - open only to the swimmers that are close to the JO’s standards. 

July 26-29, 2018: (50m) - Junior Olympics - locations TBA

Easy Steps to Join!

1. If you have questions about the program and want to know if it's right for you, reach out Julia Voitovitsch, Head Coach. 

Phone: (310) 206-9183



2. Attend a tryout! They are held every Tuesday at 4:15pm at the North Pool. The swimmer will be asked to swim 50 continuous yards. At this time, the coach will let you know if you will be placed on a waitlist. 


3. Join our national membership-operated non-profit organization, USA Swimming.

Click here to register for USA Swimming. Be sure to list BRSC as your Club Code. 

*You must maintain a current membership with USA Swimming to swim with Bruin Swim Club. 



Decide if you want to pay monthly or yearly. Please note all membership are automatically renewed based on the chosen frequency. You can put a brief hold or cancel your membership with no penalty by emailing by the 15th of the prior month that you want to cancel. (i.e. I want to cancel my membership for March. I must send the email no later than the 15th of February to avoid being charged for March.)




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Contact Information

If you have any further questions about Bruin Swim Club, please use the following contact information:

Julia Voitovitsch, Head Coach

Ivan Podvalov, Assistant Coach