In 2007, he left his home country in order to pursue his goal in becoming a great swimming coach. He has a total of 12 years of coaching experience; 4 years in Japan and 7 years in the US. His passion for swimming and his cultural awareness makes him a unique and creative minded coach. In the few years that he has been here, he has adapted to the diverse coaching and managing styles of the American culture. His willingness to stand by the poolside 365 days shows his love and dedication to help his swimmers improve and overcome their challenges.
He has a special working visa that no one normally gets because one needs to get approval from the government. He is the only coach from abroad who is a H1-b visa holder also working at a swim club legally in USA. Kohei did not know any English when he moved to the United States. Now he can talk to everyone fluently. You will be surprised to know how much he was challenged to add English as a second language.
He appreciates all of the coaches who trust him by giving him the opportunity to coach the varsity group for the past 5 years. In addition to his responsibilities as the varsity group coach, he will continue to be the assistant to all coaches - Tony, Tisha, Carlene, Janet, Hilary and PASA pro team during the 2016 season. He will also be supporting all of Rinconada‘s programs this season.
Kohei is a fun and humorous guy with a lot of passion for swimming. He enjoys socializing with his Japanese and American friends during the weekends. He often attends BBQs and goes to the popular ramen joints in the bay area. He also enjoys watching mixed martial arts and professional wrestling and has an ever-growing collection of sneakers. He is married to his Japanese wife and they had their first baby this year. His son was born here, in the USA and his name is Kento. Kento is an American citizen!
Published on Apr 11, 2013 MESA, Arizona, April 11. BJ Johnson and Mike Alexandrov discuss their 1-2 200 breaststroke race at the Mesa Arena Grand Prix. Even though both were off their times from the Austin Grand Prix meet, the duo felt positive about the race.
200 breaststroke re-cap: Palo Alto's BJ Johnson surfaced triumphant from a close call in the men's 200-meter breaststroke as the 25-year-old held off a hard-charging Mike Alexandrov of Trojan Swim Club. Johnson clocked a winning time of 2:14.51, touching at the 100 with a 1:05.02, while Alexandrov touched 1:05.63 at the 100 before taking second in 2:14.56. He dropped a 34.43 in the final 50 meters, but ran out of room.
12-YEAR OLD GIRL GOES 2:25 IN 200 BREAST; SHIOURA BREAKS 50 FREESTYLE RECORD
Rather, everyone was talking about the 3rd-place finish from 12-year old Runa Imai who swam a 2:25.14 in the race. There’s no definitive global listing of times to reference, especially at such a young age, but I would imagine that it’s safe to say that this is the fastest 200 breaststroke we’ve ever seen from a swimmer that age. It’s faster than Annie Zhu’s US National Age Group Record by 9 seconds; and in fact faster than any American 13-14 or 15-16 has ever been either. Even as compared to the gold standard of young breaststroking, the Australians, Leisel Jones and Rebecca Brown didn’t break that time until they were 16. スイムスワムより
Japan’s Kosuke Hagino has crushed the Asian Record in the 400 long course IM on day 1 of the 2013 Japanese National Swimming Championships in Niigata Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Hagino is the defending bronze medalist in the 400 IM from the Olympics, and with the two men ahead of him (Ryan Lochte and Thiago Pereira) having both wavered in their commitment to the event since the Games, he may now become the favorite to take the World Championship. Hagino split a 4:07.61, which broke the Japanese and Asian Records in the event that had previously stood at 4:08.94 (from that Olympic swim). The big difference in his time-drop of more than a second came on the backstroke leg, where he had a big drop without giving up anything on the pursuing breaststroke, or very much on the closing freestyle legs. His comparative splits: Fly Back Breast Free Total Hagino ’13 56.32 1:00.99 1:11.53 58.77 4:07.61 Hagino ’12 56.77 1:02.41 1:11.56 58.20 4:08.94 This now makes him the 5th-fastest in the history of the event, behind only Phelps, Lochte, Cseh, and Clary. In other races on the day, Hagino’s fellow Kosuke, the legendary Kosuke Kitajima, won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:00.78, followed by Akihiro Yamaguchi in 1:00.81, and Koichiro Okazaki in 1:00.86. That’s not the best race at the top end we’ve seen from this usually-loaded breaststroke field, but with five guys under 1:01 in the final, they’re still as deep as ever. Specifically, Yamaguchi, who is the World Record holder in the 200, was more than a second from his best time in this event, so don’t expect anything too crazy in the longer race. Shinri Shioura won the men’s 100 free in 48.78, as the Japanese sprint group still isn’t really showing great signs of improvement (unlike their Asian rivals in China).
On the women’s side, the biggest event was the 100 meter breaststroke, where Satomi Suzuki swam a 1:07.43, followed by Kanako Watanabe in 1:07.47 and Rie Kaneto in 1:07.83. That makes them three of the nine swimmers who have been under 1:08 this year. In the women’s 400 free, 17-year old Chihiro Igarashi won in 4:10.67. The oldest swimmer in the A-final of that race was 21-year old Ayano Koguchi, who was 8th in 4:17.62. Overall, Hagino’s swim stands out as it was really the lone explosive result from a meet that usually harbors several early world leaders. スイムスワムより。