Head Coach: Mariska Field
Email: [email protected]
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After teaching myself how to swim in my family’s pool at 3 years old, I started club swimming at 7 and fell in love with the sport. I swam with the Walnut Creek Swim Club for 11 years during the summers, Walnut Creek Aquabears and the Terrapins during the off seasons. I swam all four years in High School and also competed in Water Polo for two years.
My coaching career began at college in Monterey for the Seaside Dolphins in 1996. I married a Naval Officer in 1999, and moved to San Diego and coached there from 1999-2005, with the Scripps Ranch Tsunami Swim Team. After this, the next duty station was Japan. In Japan I coached with the Yokosuka Seahawks for 1.5 years. Moving back to the Monterey area, I was able to coach with the Seaside Dolphins for three more years.
After a few years off for deployments and my masters, I began coaching in Northern Virginia in 2014 where I coached for the year-round team, OCCS, the Ashland Stingrays Summer team and for Gar Field High School in Woodbridge. After leaving Virginia I moved to my husband’s last duty station, Stuttgart, Germany. While there I was the assistant head coach for the Stuttgart Piranhas who were a part of the European Forces Swim League. After leaving Stuttgart at the end of May 2019, my husband retired from the Navy after 23 years. My husband and I and our three children moved into a home in Benicia last summer and were very excited to finally set down roots.
I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist and am currently a Kindergarten teacher for WCCUSD.
Assitant Coach: Kelsi Norman
I conquered my fear of the water at 5 years old in the beautiful water in Hawaii after not wanting to be left out of the 'big kid' adventures. That same summer I signed up for the Benicia Stingrays team. I swam with this team during the swimmer until I was 16 years old, and during the fall seasons I would try out other swim programs like VJO, Terrapins, and Rudgear Meadows. I ended up following one of my favorite coaches to Wine Country Aquatics in Napa. I had the pleasure to be on the varsity high school team for Benicia High all four years.
I have always been interested in teaching and coaching young children. I was a Little Stingrays helper from the ages 11-13 and worked with children as young as two years old. Afterward I then graduated to become a junior coach. I found a love for coaching and passing on what I had learned to other swimmers. From 2017-2020 I got my water safety instructor certification and coached another Benicia team, the Southampton Sharks, along with life guarding and private swim lessons. Participating in many different swim teams with different coaches I have accumulated countless techniques and fun activities to keep swimmers motivated.