Nina swam on a club-level swim team in Binghamton, NY from age 11 to 17 and swam for her high school’s girls swim team (the first year the school had a girl’s team). Her highest swimming accomplishment was a third place in the 200 yd. breaststroke at the N.Y. State championship meet when she was 15.
She taught swimming part time during high school and college. There was no women’s swim team at her college, so she formed an intramural women’s swim team and participated in a few meets. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY on an ROTC Scholarship and serving 4 years as an officer in the US Navy, she moved to Orange County with a job as an aerospace engineer and joined the Irvine Nova Masters Swim Team.
Nina has swum for Nova every year since 1982 (even while she was pregnant with her daughter).
In 1983 she trained and competed in a triathlon, placing 14th female in her age group, but decided that triathlons, while fun, involved too much training and too much running. After that, she took up soccer and joined the OC Women’s Soccer League for casual fun with her friends.
With the Nova Masters team Nina has competed in many Regional meets, US Nationals in Industry Hills in 1988, US Nationals in Mission Viejo in 2005, and in World Masters in 2006. She usually participates in both an ocean swim and a lake swim every summer.
After her daughter entered middle school in 2009 she recertified as a Red Cross Life Guard and Swim Instructor and now teaches swimming and water aerobics at WAC. Then she obtained her US Masters Level 2 Coaching Certification and began coaching for Nova Masters. As a lifelong competitive swimmer, Nina has seen many swim coaches and techniques come and go, and she understands both swimming to compete and swimming for one’s ongoing health. She loves helping swimmers improve their technique to swim faster and more efficiently.