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Rachel Wiggins

Team Manager

Swordfish Marketing Director

Silver 2 Head Coach

Rachel's swimming career began at the ripe age of two months. She began swim lessons at Watersafe Swim School, where she currently works as a coach and team manager. Sports were a requirement in her household beginning at age four. This was in part because of her parents athletic background. They both competed competitively in triathlons, facilitating a competitive household. When she wanted to watch any TV or visit her friends, she would have to swim 40 laps beforehand. Though at the time she wasn't thrilled about it, she is now able to reflect back positively to her upbringing. She continued her love for swimming at Wilson High School, as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. She later worked as team manager and sports photographer, which helped her acquire knowledge from both the swimmers & spectators point of view. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, she decided to gain experience with adolescents & athletics before returning to graduate school for her Masters/PhD in Psychology, concentration in sports and child development.

Her main priority as a coach is to create a positive, safe, fun, and challenging environment for the swimmers to grow. This is common goal that is collectively shared as a coaching staff and she looks forward to helping each swimmer reach their full potential!

What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?

For me, there is no better feeling than watching a student accomplish a goal that they had been working on tirelessly. Whether that is diving without their goggles filling with water or watching them complete a workout that they thought would be to difficult, you can feel their positive energy and cant help but feeling proud that you helped them get to that point.

Who do you aspire to be like?

I aspire to be like my grandmother, whom I am very close with, who was the first woman to own her own produce business. She never saw her gender as an obstacle and refused to let anyone discourage her. She is the most positive, supportive, and fair person that I know and I hope to be half the woman she is.

 

Jorja Patterson

Competitive Team Head Coach

Bronze, Silver 1, Gold & Pre-Senior Coach

I started swimming competitively when I was 10 years old in Anaheim and I stayed in club swimming throughout high school.  I swam on the varsity swim team all four years of high school and joined the water polo team during my junior year at El Modena in Orange.  After high school, I competed for Santa Ana College in both swim and water polo for two years before transferring to Arizona State University where I played on the nationally ranked club water polo team.  I was a scholar athlete during every year of competing for school teams and acted as team captain three times during my scholastic career.

Outside of the pool, I graduated from Arizona State University magna cum laude with a degree in United States history and a certificate in religion and conflict studies.  During the day, I work as an office manager for two emergency animal hospitals.  I started coaching in March 2013 and I have worked with age group/novice/invite levels.  In 2016, I was part of the Southern California Swimming All Star coaching staff for the 10 and under red team.  I joined the Swordfish Swim Team in February 2017 and I look forward to helping all Swordfish reach their goals both in and out of the pool.

What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?

I have loved watching all of my swimmers through the years become strong individuals both in and out of the pool.  Coaching has been a great outlet for helping young athletes build life skills like time management, teamwork, communication, and the importance of setting goals. 

Who do you aspire to be like?

I don't know if I aspire to be like anyone specific, but I strive to make the best example of myself for the kids I work with.

 

Raymond Goyena

Senior Head Coach

I started swimming in 1996 on Anaheim Aquatics because my older sister Melissa was already on the swim team. Then I continued at FAST Swim Team under Kevin Perry. I have competed from age group up to college. I broke 5 High School Records for Loara High School, won MVP all 4 years and was a CIF swimmer. In club swimming I focused on the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM.

Outside of the pool, I graduated from Whittier College and Korea University in 2012. I have my B.A. in Global & Cultural Studies. I can speak Tagalog, Korean and English. I love to travel and experience new cultures, I am an avid reader, a beach goer and love to try new food places! I started coaching club swimming in 2012 because of my passion for the sport and I enjoyed seeing the development of my swimmers throughout the years.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?

Ben & Jerry Cookie Dough Ice Cream / All-you-can-eat Sushi

Any awards your swimmers might have?

I have sent swimmers to represent Southern California Swimming at SCS All Stars, Pacific Coast All Stars, & North American Challenge Cup. I have multiple Winter Age Group, June Age Group and Jr. Olympic Champions. In addition, High School League Champions, CIF Finalists, High School State Finalists. My swimmers have achieved US OPEN, Winter National, Jr National and Sectional Cuts. In 2016, one of my swimmers was the 2016 FUTURES 1500 METER FREESTYLE CHAMPION. I had multiple swimmers in the Top 20 National Age Group Rankings.  

 

Raquel Licea

Gold 9/10 Coach

 

Describe yourself:

Dedicated.

If you could be any animal what would it be?

I would be a wolf. Like a wolf, I believe in protecting those close to you and putting family first. 

What are your favorite quotes?

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."

"Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

"If everything was great then nothing would be great, nothing would be special."

 

Christian Wilson

Silver 2 Assistant Coach

I began swimming competitively my freshman year at Servite High School. I swam on Servite’s Varsity team both my Junior and Senior year and received the MVP award my Junior year. I also played Water Polo through my high school career. This past swim season I along with a few teammates went to CIF championships and State Championships finishing 11th overall in the 4 by 50 Freestyle Relay. I have focused on swimming the 50 Freestyle , 100 Freestyle and the 4 by 50 Freestyle Relay.

 

Outside of the Pool, I am a student athlete at Golden West College. I am currently enrolled in a transfer program studying to become a Dentist. I love to be outdoors with my friends and family. I love to go rock climbing on my free time and surfing a the beach. I enjoy working with kids both in and out of the water.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?

In n out burger with fries and lemonade

What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?

The most rewarding aspect of coaching is to see all my swimmers accomplish goals they have set for themselves, because they have worked so hard to get to where they are today. I also enjoy seeing my swimmers growing as a person both in and out of the pool.

 

 

Sharlee Allmond

Pre-Competitive Head Coach

Before I started my 15-year swim instructor career, I was a nationally ranked high school cheerleader in California and Hawaii. This taught me valuable life and team skills that I implement on a daily bases with my swimmers.

I have been a swim instructor for 15 years and began coaching about 5 years ago. I have always been inspired to create a swim team that incorporates both competitiveness and fun. I strive to create a constructive community for our team that encourages positivity, good sportsmanship, and camaraderie between teammates. Swordfish began about three years ago and we continue to grow daily. I love working with children, and teaching both in and out of the water has become a true passion of mine.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?

Sandwiches. I could eat it for every meal of the day.

What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?

Being able to see these swimmers, whom I have had since they were babies, turn into competent swimmers excelling both in and out of the pool has to be the most rewarding part of coaching. It’s amazing to see them go through each stage of swimming and see their confidence and love for the sport grow.