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2021 Swim Team

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Head Swim Coach - Stephanie Couch

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Head Swim Coach - Stephanie Couch
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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.
Asst. Swim Coach - Katie Comfort

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I grew up in San Mateo and started swimming competitively at age 8, which I continued to do through high school (Hillsdale) and college (Miami University, OH). I won 3rd in the 100 fly at CCS my senior year of high school. After starting as a 'walk-on' with my Division 1 Mid-America Conference team, I was able to earn a scholarship for my point scoring contributions. In my four years of swimming D1, we won our conference 3 times. I also achieved 3rd place in the 200 butterfly my senior year of college, just shy of the NCAA/Olympic qualifying time. Today I swim with Menlo Masters and continue to race now and then, such as the Escape from Alcatraz Invitational in 2019 in which I placed 2nd in my age group (no wet suit division).
 
In my time as a competitive athlete, I have learned a lot about how to manage my performance anxiety and how to enjoy and truly love swimming. I’ve also spent years as a swim instructor as well, so I’m at ease with explaining skills and coaching to improve them. My goal for this team is to coach kids on how to have fun with high school swimming and share my love of the sport with the WHS student athletes!
 
I currently am a mom of 3 children (with one WHS student) and reside in Redwood City and work as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist when not on the pool deck.
Asst. Swim Coach - Craig Smith

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Craig started swimming at age 7 and  swam competitively through high school and college. He swam for Villanova University which was a (D1) school.  A highlight was qualifying  and swimming in Nationals. Since then he has been swimming and coaching Masters for 40+ years in both Southern California  and the Bay Area, In 2006 in the FINA World Championships at Stanford, he finished 9th in the world in 800 meter free. Most recently he started a swim team for age group swimmers through Kings Swim Academy which was associated with PASA. He had several swimmers compete as top ten in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Coach Craig has been married for 31 years, and is retired!  He has two adult children both of whom swam or played water polo at the high school and college level. 
 
Professionally he worked in healthcare for over 40 years in IT doing sales operations automating hospitals, pharmacies and physician’s offices.
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