Spotlight on Pam Swander!

9 Apr

Pam is the North Region Manager and Head Coach SwimMAC Carolina. Previously she was the Assistant Head Coach for Women’s Swimming, at Indiana University where she helped direct the men’s program to the 2006 Big Ten Championship and the women’s program to three Big Ten Championships (2007, 2009, 2010) and three top-ten finishes at the NCAA championships (2008-2010). She also coordinated all aspects of recruiting at Indiana.Image

Swander’s extensive coaching and leadership experience has earned her several positions within USA Swimming, including the Director of the USA Select Camp in 2006 and 2007, Vice Chair of Hospitality on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials Committee and the Indiana Swimming Delegate at the USA Swimming National Convention, among many others. Recently, she was inducted into the Delaware County (Muncie, Ind.) Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements.

Find out more about Pam online!

Pam Swander’s bio on the SwimMAC Carolina website

Video Interview: SwimMAC’s Pam Swander talks about age group dominance (Swimming World Magazine)

Club Excellence Spotlight: SwimMAC Carolina (USA Swimming)

Spotlight on Aimee Lehr!

10 Apr

Aimee Lehr is the Head Age Group Coach at AquaSol. 

Aimee Lehr has over 20 years of coaching experience at the recreational, high school, and USS level. Referred to as one of the top age group swim coaches in the area for her technical stroke development, Coach Aimee shares her experience and knowledge of swimming by leading numerous stroke clinics and private coaching. A former Stanford Varsity swimmer and Masters National Champion, she finds tremendous satisfaction in working with swimmers of all ages to help them become proficient swimmers. 

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After graduating from Stanford University where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swim Team, Coach Lehr was the head coach of Stanford Covington Racing Aquatics. Very interested in the technical details of swimming strokes, she enjoys working with swimmers on their technique and this is a cornerstone of her coaching philosophy. 

Spotlight on Abi Liu!

10 Apr

Abi Liu is the Head Coach at PEAK Swimming. Abi believes in developing creative training methods that complement each individual swimmer, and encourages her swimmers to pursue their personal goals. Her swimmers have been recognized as USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming Age Group Record Holders and Top 10s, Olympic Trial and National qualifiers, Junior National and Sectional finalists and Far Western and Junior Olympics champions. Image

After winning the Junior National Championships at 13 years old, Abi was recruited to the Chinese National Team and was the youngest swimmer on the team at the time. Her 7 years of hard work in Beijing paid off, as she became one of the top swimmers in China. She was a national record holder in the 200 meter backstroke, won the National Championships twice and the 1993 FINA World Cup and was a silver medalist at the 1994 Asia Games.

Abi holds a BS in kinesiology and is interested in exercise physiology and the science of body movements. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award, and is recognized as an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 coach.

Find out more about Abi online!

About Abi Liu (PEAK Swimming)

PEAK’s Benjamin Ho breaks Ryan Murphy NAG Record in 100M back (SwimSwam)

Former Chinese National Team swimmer talks Olympics (SwimSwam)

Growing up on the Chinese National Team: Part 1, Part 2 (FLO Swimming)

A Different Perspective (ASCA)

Spotlight on Dana Kirk!

10 Apr

Dana Kirk is the Head Coach and Site Director of PASA-DKS, an affiliate of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Over the past 5Image years, she has produced many top level age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming as well as Western Zone and North American Challenge Cup qualifiers.

Dana worked with local female coaches to start the first Women in Coaching Clinic in 2012, and has served as a leader in creating opportunities for dialogue and mentorship between women coaches.

As a swimmer Dana grew up in Bremerton, Washington swimming for Maki Aquatics and then Tacoma Swim Club. At Stanford University (2002-2006), Dana earned 17 All American nods and won 8 PAC-10 Titles swimming under coaching legend Richard Quick and Stanford Head Coach Lea Maurer. In 2004 she qualified for the Athens Olympic Games by winning the 200 meter butterfly at Olympic Trials and finishing 9th overall at the Athens Games.

Find out more about Dana online!

Women in Coaching: Dana Kirk (USA Swimming)

Dana Kirk on Women in Coaching (Swimming World Magazine)

Morning Swim Show: Dana Kirk (Swimming World TV)

Women in Coaching Clinic 2013 Announces Speakers (SwimSwam)

Spotlight on Verónica Hernández!

10 Apr

Verónica Hernández has coached every level of athlete from lessons to masters and has be a Head Age Group Coach for two club teams. News_P1_272548.jpg

In addition to her on-deck accomplishments, Verónica Hernández works actively as part of the LSC and Zone leadership. She is an active member of the Pacific Swimming Board and has served as Vice-Chair of Zone 1 South and Age Group Vice-Chair of the Pacific Swimming Executive Board. She is also a Pacific Swimming Member-At-Large.

Coach Verónica is one of the longest standing All-Star coaches in Pacific, having coached on all four of the different All-Star meets that Pacific Swimming offers.  She is also an active member of the Pacific Diversity Committee, and has been the Camp Director for all of the Diversity Camps to date, as well as having coached the National Diversity Select Camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Additionally, she will be the director for the first ever Western Zone Diversity Camp held at Cal State East Bay later this year.

Welcome coach Verónica Hernández (Albany Armada Aquatics)

Nathan Adrian takes part in Pacific Swimming Diversity Select Camp (USA Swimming)

Spotlight on Marcia Benjamin!

9 Apr

Marcia Benjamin been coaching swimming since 1986 and was recently named a USMS Recognized Coach for 2014! Marcia also received the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award and 2006 U.S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.Image

Marcia has coached at all levels from Summer Rec, High School, age group, Community College, to NCAA Division II.  Marcia has coached numerous All Americams as well as Academic All Americans at the High School and Community College levels. Marcia is also a four-time USMS All American, and former PacMasters Swimmer of the Year. She has won two USMS National Championships in the pool, one in Long Distance, and was also named PacMasters Open Water Points Champion. Marcia has been recognized for finding a way to work creatively with the Community College system to create a different template and build a successful USMS program.

Find out more about Marcia online!

Marcia Benjamin, USMS Swimmer Info

Day in the Life: Marcia Benjamin (Swimming World Magazine)

Marcia Benjamin Receives 2013 Kerry O’Brien and 2006 Dorothy Donnelly Awards (USMS)

Update: WICC 2014 Speaker Line-Up!

6 Apr

We have a great line-up of speakers for this year’s clinic!

Pam Swander, Head Coach & Site Director, SwimMAC Carolina
Abi Liu, Head Coach, PEAK Swimming
Dana Kirk, Head Coach & Site Director, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Marcia Benjamin, Head Coach, MEMO
Aimee Lehr, Head Age Group Coach, AquaSol
Felicia Lee, Stanford University & US National Team Member (Athlete Speaker)
Maya DiRado, Stanford University & US National Team Member (Athlete Speaker)
Veronica Hernandez, Assistant Coach, Albany Armada Aquatics

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