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Instructors

Meet the instructors

Nora Burkhart

 

Nora will be a junior at Wilcox High School in the fall. She has been on the FPCC swim team for about ten years, and she has been swimming her whole life. She is also on the water polo and swim team at her high school. In the past, she has also been on a club water polo team at SJX. She also loves swimming at home with her dog, and spending time with her friends by the pool. She has been known to have one of the longest handstands in her practice group at FPCC! Nora is excited for her first season lifeguarding and teaching lessons at FPCC.

Olivia Lingscheit

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Mikey Marx

 

Mikey is returning for his third year at FPCC, as a swim instructor and a lifeguard. He recently graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in the class of 2020 and will be attending UC Davis in the fall. He plans to become a doctor one day. He swam competitively for five years, and his favorite stroke is backstroke. In his free time, Mikey plays baseball and streams on Twitch. He is excited to continue working at the pool this summer!

Sasha Mason
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Sasha will be beginning her second year at Gonzaga University in the fall, as a nursing major and Spanish minor. She has been swimming all her life; she swam for Forest Park for twelve years, and she was on her high school’s varsity swim team for four years and was captain of the team her senior year. She has been working at Forest Park for five years now. This is her fifth year as a swim instructor and lifeguard, and her first year as assistant manager. A fun fact about her is that her favorite flavor of ice cream is strawberry, but only if it doesn’t have any strawberry chunks in it!

Olivia Matarangas

 

Olivia graduated from Presentation High School with the class of 2020 and will be attending Boise State University in the fall. She has grown up at FPCC, on the swim team and as an employee for the past four years, as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She will be playing lacrosse at Boise State in the fall, and she is looking forward to new adventures in the future. She can’t wait for this season! 

Allison McCombie

  Allison will be a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School in the fall. She has been a member of the Tsunami swim team since she was nine, and she worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard last summer. She has also been on the Mitty swim team for two years, and recently became a new member of their Junior Varsity water polo team. Allison is very excited for this season and can’t wait to see you all on the deck! Go Tsunamis!

Rachel Niven

  Rachel is excited to be a swim instructor, as well as a lifeguard, for another summer at Forest Park. She has swum on the Tsunamis swim team since she was six years old, and has continued swimming at her high school, The King’s Academy, from which she recently graduated. This fall, Rachel will be attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She enjoys teaching young kids to become more confident and comfortable in the water, and she can’t wait for this summer!

Bridget Prince

  Bridget is super excited to be back at FPCC. This is her second year teaching lessons and third year guarding. She will be a senior at Santa Clara High School, where she plays soccer and runs track. Bridget has been playing soccer for thirteen years. She swam for FPCC when she was younger, and she loves hanging out at the pool.

Marie Ryan

  Marie has been swimming at FPCC for nine years. She will be a sophomore at Archbishop Mitty High School in the fall. She enjoys playing water polo, reading, and doing puzzles. She is excited to be teaching lessons and lifeguarding for her first season at FPCC this year.

Greg Sifferman

  Greg is excited to be back at FPCC as a coach, lifeguard, and swim instructor this season. He is a Junior National breaststroker, and a member of Santa Clara Swim Club’s national team. As a senior at Bellarmine College Prep, he was a 2019 Scholastic All-American and swim team captain. This fall, Greg will be a presidential scholar and D1 athlete for Loyola University Maryland. Greg is an FPCC record-holder, and has been swimming at FPCC since he was young. Greg enjoys learning, scuba diving, and playing music from piano and drums to acoustic, electric and bass guitar. Greg hosts a conservative podcast “Two Elephants Walk into a Bar,” and is fluent in Spanish and German.

Stephanie Sifferman

  Stephanie is excited to be back at FPCC as a coach, lifeguard, and swim instructor this season. A Tsunami since the age of five, she holds multiple records. She is a Junior National freestyler, a member of Santa Clara Swim Club’s national team, a California State Championship finalist, and a 2019 Scholastic All-American. She will be a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School, where she is on the varsity swim team. Stephanie plans to swim D1 in college, and when her hair isn't wet, she always rocks a bow. She loves reading, superhero movies, playing guitar, banjo, and ukulele, and she is fluent in Spanish.

Marijka Vernooy

  Marijka is excited to be a swim instructor at FPCC for the 2020 season. In addition to returning as a lifeguard this year, Marijka swam for the Forest Park Tsunamis when she was younger. She currently plays varsity field hockey at Archbishop Mitty High School, where she will be a junior in the fall. She loves working with kids and has been in the leadership training program at her summer camp for the last two years. One of her favorite activities is speech and debate, which she competes in through her school, and in her free time she loves to hike and visit her local library.

James Williamson

  James will be a junior at The King’s Academy this upcoming school year. He enjoys spending time in the water, as well as playing football and soccer, and running track. He is excited to be teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for his first season at FPCC.

Emily Wood

  Emily will be a junior at Santa Clara High School. She has been swimming at FPCC since she was seven. She was also on varsity water polo freshman and sophomore year, and will be continuing in the fall. She has watched every episode of Grey’s Anatomy three times. Emily is excited to be an instructor for the first time this season!

Justin Wood

  Justin is excited to return to FPCC as coach, swim instructor, and lifeguard this season. Justin has been swimming at FPCC for nine years and was a varsity swimmer for Santa Clara High School, from which he recently graduated. He has also been playing water polo competitively for seven years. This fall, Justin will be continuing to play water polo while attending UC Riverside. Justin enjoys working with our youngest members and helping them develop into confident swimmers. He can hold his breath for two minutes! He looks forward to another great year with the Tsunamis!