Charlotte Pierce Gonzalez
Charlotte Pierce Gonzalez began swimming at a young age thanks to the influences of her swimming family. Her uncles, Roy III, Tom, and David Gean, and grandfather, Roy Gean Jr., are all members of the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. She started swimming in ’89 with the Razorback Aquatic Club. Then, in ‘92, at the age of 11, she began swimming for the Fort Smith Tideriders under coach John McGough. As a Tiderider, she set and continues to hold numerous ASI state and LSC records. At 12, Charlotte qualified to compete in the ‘94 Spring Jr. National Championships in the 100 yd. Butterfly; and as a 13 year old, she qualified to compete in the ‘95 Spring National Championships in the same event. She currently holds USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 Age Group Times in both the Women’s 11-12 100 yd. Butterfly and the Women’s 13-14 200 yd. Butterfly.
At 15, Charlotte held a USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 Age Group Time for Women’s 15-16 200 LCM Butterfly. This time occurred at the ‘96 Summer National Championships placing her 7th in the 200 Butterfly; also with a 10th in the 100 Butterfly, she earned a spot on the ‘96-97 US National Jr. Team. In the short course season, she placed 4th in the 100 Butterfly and 5th in the 200 Butterfly at Spring Nationals. Competing at the ‘97 AR SCY State Championships, she earned Female High Point in the 15 -18 age group, contributing to the Tideriders’ Team championship. She holds the longest standing record for AR High School Swimming for the 100 Butterfly. She was a HS Swimming All-American and was awarded the ‘96-97 AR Speedo/ NISCA HS Swimmer of the Year and the ‘97 ASI Female Swimmer of the Year.
Charlotte swam for 4 years at San Jose State University on a full swimming scholarship and in her senior year was the Swimming and Diving Team Captain. In 2000, she competed at the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Trials in the 100 & 200 Butterfly. She graduated from San Jose State in 2003 with a BA in Economics and from the University of Montana in 2009 with a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has worked as a special education teacher since 2004. Charlotte, her husband, Chris, and their two children, Jack and Anna, currently live near Kansas City.