1983, Bichun Abi Liu (known as Abi) began swimming when she was 8
years old in a small town in southern China. Unlike other young
kids in China, Abi was a product of the exclusive Chinese sports
system. Her daily routine included swimming three to five hours a
day, while being recognized as a model student of her city. 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. At age 14, she left home and went to
Beijing where she spent her teenager years with her national team
teammates and coaches. During those 7 years in Beijing, she was
only allowed to go home to visit her family 15 days a year. Her
swimming friends became her new family.
seven years of hard work in Beijing paid off, as she became one of
the top swimmers in China. She became a national record holder in
the 200 meter backstroke, won the National Championships twice, the
1993 FINA World Cup, and was a silver medalist at the 1994 Asia
July 1997, Abi was recruited by the University of Reno Nevada as a
student-athlete. With some hesitation Abi left China and came
to the U.S. without speaking a word of English and not knowing
anyone. During her first year in Reno, she wanted to go back home
as she felt frustrated and struggled adapting to a new way of life.
However, through patience and perseverance she eventually started
enjoying her life in the U.S.
Abi decided to retire from swimming, she made a decision to give up
her full scholarship with the University of Reno Nevada and moved
to the Bay Area. Although she is no longer competing, her passion
for swimming never stops. She started her coaching career in 1999
and eventually founded her own competitive swim team, PEAK
Swimming, in 2010.
2010, Abi opened her own swim school, with her reputation and hard
work, her swim school quickly became one of the largest swim
schools in the Bay Area. In 2012 she opened a second school, and
her company now has over 100 instructors and has grown to 4,000
students. Abi is fortunate to share her love and expertise for
swimming with a new generation of swimmers.
result, 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
champions, and Far Western and Junior Olympics champions. She
assisted the 2008 USA Olympic Team with swimmer statistics and has
coached the USA Swimming Diversity Camp at the Olympic Training
Center and the North American Challenge Cup, Western Zone and
Pacific Coast All-Star teams. Coach Abi is two times winner of
Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award.
sharing her personal and professional journey, Abi hopes her life
will inspire others. Abi has proven that no matter what your
background is, or what obstacles you may face, no dream is too big.
If you follow your heart and stay true to yourself, amazing things
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Chris is entering his 7th year with Peak Swimming and is our
current Head Age Group Coach. During his time with Peak, Chris has
served as a coach for our Team Fit groups, Gold, and now is the
Head Coach of our Jr Elite training group. Coach Chris also as
serves as assistant to our Elite training group.
As a swimmer, Chris started late as a high school Freshman at the
age of 13. Just three years later, he had improved from first
learning the 4 strokes to becoming a CCS finalist and 3-time High
School All American in his Senior year. This rapid growth was
fueled by tenacity and an internal drive to learn and improve his
technical base, traits he incorporates as part of his own coaching
philosophies and hopes to instill within each athlete he works
with. Chris was also a CCCAA State finalist in both individual and
relay events competing for West Valley College.
As a coach, Chris has led his athletes to JO's and Far Western
event and High Point winners, and has also produced multiple
Sectional, Futures, and Junior National qualifiers.
Chris has earned a BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State
University, with an emphasis in exercise and fitness. Chris is also
a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and
the National Strength and Conditioning Association
Age Group Coach
Coach Bryan started club swimming at 8 years old with Santa Clara
Swim Club and continued with the club until he graduated high
school. During high school he also played water polo. In his second
year of De Anza he started coaching at PEAK, reigniting his
interest in swimming.
One of Bryan’s interests is coaching and seeing his swimmers
progress and develop. He also enjoys traveling abroad and exploring
new and fun areas. Bryan also likes sports and exercise, like
water polo, swimming and going to the gym.
Some things Bryan expects from his groups is to find something to
enjoy about swimming, whether it is a stroke or event, the process
of competition, or the daily challenge of practice. An
important skill he wants his swimmers to learn is to listen. A last
thing he wants is for swimmers to be positive and have fun doing
whatever they set out to do.
Age Group Coach
Coach Antoinette has just joined
PEAK as our current platinum coach. She has been coaching summer
team for 4 years then moved on to year round coaching in 2017.
Although she is new to the year round coaching environment her
experience with swimming will help her and her swimmers improve
together as a team. Coach Antoinette also serves as the assiant
coach to the gold group.
Antoinette started her carrer with
swimming when she was about 8, competeing in summer team for about
3 years in Union City, CA. She then moved to a year round team
called California Dolphin Swim team. She improved all 4 strokes and
ended up being able to move on to high school being one of the top
swimmers in the league. She made NCS all 4 years finaled in the
last 2 years and qualified for states and placed 6th overall in 50
free. She also won an award for All-American Scholar
Athlete. Antoinette ended up being recruited to San Jose
State University and currently swims and competes with SJSU. She
has made finals for 50 free and 100 fly in her conference
championships and is top in her team for 50 freestyle.
Coach Antoinette is currently
studying at San Jose State University as Business
Administration with a concentration in Management Information