Born and raised in Southern CA, my love for competitive swimming began at the age of nine. As a young swimmer, I swam for Rose Bowl Aquatics, attended Coach Schubert’s extensive USC training camps, competed in the Junior Olympics for breaststroke, and IM relay teams. At the age of 13, I was introduced to triathlons as a relay swimmer. I fell in love with the sport and competed in my first sprint distance at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon when I was 14 years old and the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon at 15. Since then my love of swimming and triathlons has allowed me to compete in the Escape from Alcatraz 8 times, Bridge to Bridge, Swim Around the Rock, and the English Channel Relay. After graduating, Cal State San Marcos, with a Bachelors in Kinesiology emphasizing in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy, I dedicated my career to coaching. I rebuilt my stroke and started the development of my skill set with technique coaching as a certified director in Total Immersion. I progressed further as my style of coaching changed and improved over time. Throughout my years as a full time coach, I have trained over 2,000 swimmers of all age groups and skill levels through technique clinics, San Mateo Bulldogs Swim Team, Silicon Valley Athletic Club Masters, one-on-one coaching, and now the Head Coach for UCSF Masters in Mission Bay! Eventually, my love for swimming drove me to start my online business, SWIMVICE, LLC which delivers consistent guidance and accessible coaching for a broader audience of swimmers.
My style of coaching is systematic and involves helping swimmers improve their stroke, technique, and conditioning. I believe in working with swimmers in these areas to solve problems and help them reach their goals. I value the importance of always striving to improve through new, innovative ways of coaching to prevent injury and help swimmers enjoy the sport long term. Keeping swimmers motivated and engaged is one of my top priorities and I work to maintain that through fostering a positive community both offline and online. If you are interested in seeing some of my work, feel free to check out my youtube channel at SWIMVICE. Don't hesitate to drop a comment as I provide quick advice and tips every Wednesday to help guide you throughout your training.
I'm from the east bay; I grew up in Walnut Creek and swam for my local summer league and then for two year round AAU teams (now called USA), Pleasant Hill Swim Club as well as the Walnut Creek Aquabears. I swam for Northgate high school and Cal State East Bay and also ran cross country and track for both. Having excelled as a distance athlete, I ran the 5K and 10K in college making it to the State Championships in the 5K. Starting at age 19 I competed in triathlons racing as both an amateur and professional. A highlight was racing in the Hawaii Ironman however I enjoyed every distance that triathlons offered. I joined United States Masters Swimming at age 19 and have been swimming on a team every since. My love of swimming has been life long and it morphed into my career. When my youngest of three daughters started kindergarten I went back to work teaching children and adults to swim. I started my own backyard swim school and have taught for the past 15 years. I was a volunteer swim coach at WHS from 2014-2016 helping regularly with kids strokes and technique and was the meet starter. I've been Co-Head Coach for WHS Swimming for years 2017, 2018, 2019 and the 2020 season. I was a USA Stroke and Turn Official for 6 years and am a USMS (Masters) competitive swimmer in both pool and open water. My best events are the 200 fly, 400IM, 200 Back and the 1500 Free. I have a BA in Liberal Arts and a minor in Sociology I've been married for 30 years and have 3 daughters all of whom attended WHS. My passion is working with kids of all ages and abilities to teach them to believe in themselves and enjoy swimming. I hope to pass on my love of swimming to the students so that they too can swim for life.