M-A Welcomes New Swim Coach Lori Stenstrom

Lisa Newton

Julia Rafael
December 24, 2012

After leading the M-A swim team since 2003, Coach Tom McRae will no longer be coaching this upcoming season. M-A is proud to welcome to the team new head coach Lori Stenstrom, an experienced swimmer and current coach at PASA swim club.

Stenstrom began her personal swim career at a very young age. “I started competitive swimming because I came from a family of two parents that could not swim at all,” recalls Stenstrom, “They didn’t want their children to grow up like that… so they put us in swim lessons. I was the little kid who held on to the edge [of the pool] and cried. I tell people don’t sell your kid short, there is hope for everybody!”

As the swim team is always a generally large team, projected to be about 80 kids this year, Stenstrom will have coaching help from new assistant coach, Jane Worden, as well.

“I’m very excited to go to M-A….[assistant coach Jane Worden] and I both had great experiences in high school swimming,” Stenstrom says. In 1989, Stenstrom became a prominent swimmer at Edina High School in Minnesota, where she was named to the All-American team all four years, and eventually became a U.S. National High School Record Holder.

She went on to compete for Stanford University and became a 17-time All American and NCAA champion. Stenstrom also claimed a spot on the USA National Team for seven years. She medaled in the Pan Pacific, Pan American, and World University Games. Strenstrom finished in an impressive 3rd place in the 100 meter breaststroke at the Olympic Trials, making her an alternate for the USA Swimming Team.

“[My most treasured memories] are the friendships [I created] and the teams that I was on,” explained Stenstrom. “Accomplishment wise, [my proudest moment] was winning NCAAs…and the four All-American relays that I participated in. And almost making the Olympic team was a good achievement too!”

Stenstrom understands that coaching a high school will be different than coaching for club team, PASA; however, she is ready for the challenge, and cannot wait for the season to start.

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