Vanessa is one of two coaches who have teamed up to lead our weekday morning workouts. She comes to Temescal Masters as a native of Oakland who learned to swim through her community Parks and Recreation programs. Beginning at the age of seven, Vanessa spent her childhood summers swimming as a Live Oak Hammerhead until she reached high school age when she also swam for Oakland High's varsity team and Oakland Undercurrent's senior age group. Once in college, she returned to coach her high school's varsity men for one season, Live Oak for four summers, and Oakland Undercurrents for three years as a developmental and jr. age group coach before becoming director of the Undercurrent Swim School.
Vanessa graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Spanish Linguistics. She spent her last semester studying abroad in Chile, where she swam for the selection team at La Universidad de Chile, Santiago.
She looks forward to seeing you at her 5:30 AM workouts on Wednesday and Fridays!