Lead Coach - Elizabeth Arneson

 

Coach Elizabeth began as an assistant coach with the NW Tucson YMCA in May of 2014 time to help coach the summer swim team to second place in their division.  She continued with the team as a club coach and eventually started a new team with her coaching partner.  Her focus was with the younger swimmers and those new to swimming. Several of her swimmers made regionals and state this year in her three years coaching but one that stands out is the who started with SAAA in the summer of 2014 with no swim experience made state in the 50 backstroke in July of 2015.

Though she always loved the water and took lessons until she aged out, she did not start swimming competitively until she was a 7th grader. She fell in love immediately and swam and played water polo all the way through high school under the well-known coach Bud Taylor in Oregon. She started her high school career swimming the 200 and 500 hundred freestyle but moved to 50 free and 100 fly in her sophomore year and continued to swim those events the rest of her career.  

Coach Elizabeth loves to share the sport of swimming and is very excited to be back on deck with FAST this summer coaching the SAAA team.

 

  

 

 

   Lead Coach - Debbie Roth

Coach Debbie started swimming as an Age Group member of the famed George Haines lead Santa Clara Swim Club as an 8 and under and continued swimming through college. She graduated from Portland State University with school records in the 100 Fly and 400 IM, and quickly moved onto coaching.

Her coaching career began in 1980 with the Hillsboro Swim Team in Oregon.  She moved to the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1982 as Swim Lesson Director and Age Group Coach for the next 14 years. While at Multnomah, she coached numerous State and Regional Age Group Champions with one 10&under Boy (Brady Childs) earning the number one ranking in the Country in the 200 Freestyle.  Another of her former MAC swimmers (Lauren Thies) represented the United States at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil. Also during this time, she enjoyed numerous nominations for Oregon Swimming’s Age Group Coach of the Year, served on Oregon Swimming’s Technical Planning Committee, served as Oregon Swimming’s Safety Chairman, and was elected to numerous Oregon Zone Team and Camp Staffs.

While living in Maryland, Debbie coached for the Potomac Raiders and guided Anthony Nguyen past 8 of Michael Phelps’ Maryland State Age Group Records and the Number One position in the Nation for IMXtreme in his age group.

She has coached many summer league teams such as the 200 plus member Colony Creek Mariners in Houston, Texas leading them to 3 league championships to the Northwest YMCA for three years leading them to a SAAA championship.

Recently, Coach Debbie along with Coach Elizabeth owned and coached the Tucson Tidal Waves.

Coach Debbie is eager to return to coaching and sharing her love for swimming with little ones that are the future of the sport.

 

 

 

 

  Assistant Coach - Lauren Brauer

 

Lauren started swimming at age five and has been swimming with FAST since its creation. Lauren also competed in high school swimming for four years. Laruen will be continuing to coach the Flying Fish, now in her third season! 

Lauren is currently attending the University of Arizona and majoring in mathematics with an emphasis in education. After graduation, Laruen hopes to become a secondary mathematics teacher. 

Lauren loves coaching and seeing the swimmers improve throughout the season. We are excited to have Lauren back with us for another year of awesome swimming!