Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team coach leaves
In about two weeks, head Coach Nancy Rose of the Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team and her family will pack up the moving van and head for her new job in Walla Walla, Wash., as head coach of a YMCA Age Group program.
Rose has been a coach with the Torpedoes for about seven years, the last three as head coach. She also coached the Tahoe-Truckee High School swim team for three years. Her coaching experience and her technical skills will be missed, her teammates said.
Rose began her own swimming career at the age of six in a summer recreation program and began swimming year round at age seven. She kept up her swimming throughout her adult years and played water polo at Stanford University where she achieved her degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.
She was ranked as high as 19th in the world in the 1,500 meter freestyle in 1978. She qualified for Olympic Trials in 1980. She also made four National Teams during her swimming career.
She has also been in charge of the Donner Lake Swim, an event co-sponsored by TTST and the Sierra Nevada Masters Swimmers. The 2.7 mile open water swim is held the second Saturday of August. Rose was the overall top female finisher in this event in 1995. Rose continues to be very active in Masters Swimming.
Rose indicated that while she is happy to be going to Washington, but has mixed feelings about leaving the Truckee-Tahoe area. The one thing that she will not miss is shoveling snow. Walla Walla only gets about eight inches of snow a year.
One of the most gratifying experiences that she had as a head Coach was winning the team sportsmanship award at the Nevada/California League Championships last year. She was very proud of her swimmers. She was also very proud of being selected as one of the Western Zone Coaches last year for the trip to Grand Junction Colorado.
What Rose will miss in leaving are many of the swimmers and families of the Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team. She will also miss the excitement in seeing the kids improve their times at all level of swimmers from beginning to elite, and growing up to be young adults.
She did indicate that she would be back and visit the area. If her schedule permits she would also like to come back and swim in the Donner Lake Swim.
The Truckee-Tahoe Swim Team is in the process of hiring a head coach and hopes to have them in place when fall practice begins. This will be sometime after the start of school. If anyone is interested in trying out for the team, please contact either Dan Collin at 587-8155 or Bruce Ajari at 587-8152.
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