Ashley grew up in Aliso Viejo and Murrieta, CA! She recently moved to Stamford, CT and we are happy to have her join our team! Ashley first learned how to swim at the age of 3 and for much of her childhood she was either in a pool or in the ocean, she loves the water!
The first time Ashley swam competitively was her freshman year of high school. Because she had been in the water so much as a child, competitive swimming came very natural to her and she made the varsity team right away. She was a four-year varsity competitive swimmer and water polo player. Beyond high school, Ashley swam and played water polo for Riverside City College where she helped lead her team to be water polo state champions. She also played for the University of Colorado club water polo team where she played and helped coach for one year. That year her squad made it to nationals for the first time in 15 years.
Ashley first got into coaching by teaching the basics of swimming for Elite water polo club in California to kids aged 5-10 for two years while in high school. In addition, she coached Elite water polo club’s girls U14 water polo club team in California. She also coached the Murrieta Mesa boy’s & girl’s high school water polo teams team for three years. She helped orchestrate the team’s and individual’s learning of new and effective skills to bring the team from taking last in their league when she first arrived, to placing third and higher consistently.
We asked Ashley, “What has swimming taught you?”
“Swimming has taught me perseverance and the value of hard work. It gave me confidence and a sense of self to work through challenges in the water to become a better swimmer. I had the privilege to be taught by amazing coaches that pushed me to always try to be better, both as a swimmer and as a person.”