Rachel's swimming career began at the ripe age of two months. She began swim lessons at Watersafe Swim School, where she currently works as a coach and team manager. Sports were a requirement in her household beginning at age four. This was in part because of her parents athletic background. They both competed competitively in triathlons, facilitating a competitive household. When she wanted to watch any TV or visit her friends, she would have to swim 40 laps beforehand. Though at the time she wasn't thrilled about it, she is now able to reflect back positively to her upbringing. She continued her love for swimming at Wilson High School, as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. She later worked as team manager and sports photographer, which helped her acquire knowledge from both the swimmers & spectators point of view. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, she decided to gain experience with adolescents & athletics before returning to graduate school for her Masters/PhD in Psychology, concentration in sports and child development.
Her main priority as a coach is to create a positive, safe, fun, and challenging environment for the swimmers to grow. This is common goal that is collectively shared as a coaching staff and she looks forward to helping each swimmer reach their full potential!
What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?
For me, there is no better feeling than watching a student accomplish a goal that they had been working on tirelessly. Whether that is diving without their goggles filling with water or watching them complete a workout that they thought would be to difficult, you can feel their positive energy and cant help but feeling proud that you helped them get to that point.
Who do you aspire to be like?
I aspire to be like my grandmother, whom I am very close with, who was the first woman to own her own produce business. She never saw her gender as an obstacle and refused to let anyone discourage her. She is the most positive, supportive, and fair person that I know and I hope to be half the woman she is.