Jorja Patterson

Team Manager and Competitive Team Head Coach 

Age Group 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.  

 

 

Christine Locke

Pre-Competitive Head Coach

I unexpectedly developed a passion for coaching swimming since I started teaching it in 2009. My enthusiasm for the sport is fueled by the opportunities for growth swimming brings. I’ve also been coaching at a high school since 2017 and am grateful for the wonderful students I get to work with on a daily basis.

What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?

I love seeing swimmers grow not only in skill and speed but be someone that can leave a positive impact on others.

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Ice cream