JCC Masters Swimming Program (Ages 18+)
Masters Swimming Program
Mondays - Fridays
6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Introducing new evening classes beginning Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tuesday & Thursday • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
For those interested in improving their stroke technique, endurance training, and overall fitness, a structured workout with a group is vital. This adult swim program includes in-depth stroke analysis and personal coaching. These workouts will challenge your mind and body. All levels of swimmers are welcome. You must be 18 years of age or older.
Coach Mike Anderson has been coaching at the JCC for over 20 years. He is a celebrated coach and is a favorite with members and non-members. Mike is also very familiar with pools in general; he is an experienced pool technician at the two UCSD pools. Mike will also greet new and returning swimmers with a warm smile and quality morning workout.
Coach Will Hansen, a Presidential Fitness Award recipient, has in depth experience in overall training with a keen ability to communicate and coach in an effective, easy, and fun manner to help anyone reach their goals regardless of athletic swimming background or age.
Alana is a USA Swimming certified coach and has coached for multiple swim teams. She holds a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology and is a nationally certified Personal Trainer. Alana began swimming as a child and her love for the sport quickly grew into a passion. This passion inspired her to pursue lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons to begin her career, simultaneously driving her to pursue health and fitness in her education. Coaching swimming enables her to combine her expertise in Kinesiology, competitive swimming background, and love of inspiring the next generation of swimmers. Emphasizing safety, stroke technique, and dry-land workouts, Alana understands that fast swimmers are strong, have a correct stroke technique, and enjoy swimming. As a result, emphasis is placed on stroke technique before speed. Dry-land workouts are an integral part of building strong and injury free swimmers from the start. In all aspects, Alana leads by example in her own life; she doesn't ask her swimmers to do something that she would not or can not do.
Alana focuses on overall fitness with both her coaching and her personal life. She sets the expectation that each swimmer will take responsibility to do their best and put in hard work at each practice. She lives and coaches by the philosophy that “There is no losing - you either win or you learn”, thereby turning potentially negative outcomes into positive experiences. One of her favorite aspects of coaching is seeing the light in a swimmer’s eyes when they master a new concept. Her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and she loves to help others succeed in achieving their dreams.
Emma Sasson, a local San Diegan, first got her taste of swimming at 7 years old when she joined her first swim team. At age 11, she wanted a change but still craved the water and began playing water polo. She continued through middle school, high school, and eventually college as an NCAA athlete at UC San Diego. She also competed in the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel on the first women's water polo team for the United States, winning the gold medal. Alongside her athletic career, Emma has coached water polo for the past 7 years for Pacific Polo, a local water polo club team. She also coaches water polo and swim team at Westview High School and is an assistant water polo coach at Mesa College. Emma has been apart of Masters Swim for the past 7 years as a swimmer and is excited to be involved as a coach. She loves to make sure that her swim sets are broken up in an interesting way, and hopes that she will be a fun addition to the coaching staff at the JCC!
Megan started pursuing swimming in High School and continued through college. She started her freshman year with little to no experience competitively swimming. She joined a club team which helped her to swim in college. She made the All American team for Southern California representing her college and then decided instead of continuing her swimming she'd rather coach. She taught swim lessons when she was younger, but coaching was really where her passion was. Her first coaching experience was in the Navy helping enlisted service members learn how to pass higher swimming tests and qualify for specialized operations positions. Then she started coaching for Grossmont High School/Point Loma High and then eventually moved up to coaching at Grossmont College. Now she is excited to be working at JCC and returning back to her roots of youth team swimming.
Starting her journey in swimming at only four years old, Anna starting competitive swimming in Denver Dukes Swim Team in Colorado. As time progressed she continued swimming year round and began to learn that she had a passion for all things swim! As she entered high school at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO she landed her first job as a lifeguard and swim instructor also joined her high school swim team. Lifeguarding, club swim, and high school swim surrounded a large part of her life. Anna not only had a passion for swimming, but she excelled at her sport as well. Putting endless hours of dry land practices, doubles, and five am practices on many Christmas Eves led her to reach her goals in her sport. Which was the ultimate testament of her character, that led her to realize "that the times where you feel like you can't keep going is the times where you see the most change." A quote which her high school coach would tell her team at times which they felt like giving up. Now using this quote as the basis of her swim instructing as well as coaching, she strongly believes that swimmers who push themselves past their limits in each and every practice are the ones that are going to see the most change in their swimming abilities. While this not only applies to any sport, but applies to everything in daily life as well. Which is the reason she likes to remind swimmers that it's important to keep a good mindset in and out of the pool because it all matters. Anna's love for swimming and fitness shines through in everything she does. When she's not coaching, you can find her weightlifting at her gym and continuing to live a healthy lifestyle every day.
Grace has experience coaching children at an early stage in their competitive swimming career. She also has a background in lifeguarding and water safety instruction. Grace began swimming at a young age and has not looked back since. She competed for both club and high school teams, specializing in distance freestyle and backstroke. She loves being able to spread her passion for the sport through coaching. Swimming is not just a sport, but a lifestyle, so Grace loves to encourage hard work in and out of the pool. She believes that every practice not only teaches kids good swim technique but fosters lifelong skills such as good time management, nutrition, open-mindedness, and the ability to work as a team. In her personal life, Grace loves spending time with friends, family, and her dog. She also tries to get in the pool as much as possible!
Please stop at the gym desk to pay your drop-in fee before swimming.
For more information please contact Andrea Cosio, the Aquatics Director at 858-362-1126, firstname.lastname@example.org