Rendy Opdycke


Rendy Lynn Opdycke started swimming before she started walking, and at age 6 began her career in competitive swimming. In 2005, she competed for the US on the Open Water World Championship Team, and holds two world records in open water swimming: 1. Being the first and fastest woman to swim across the Santa Barbara Channel in 2007. 2. Completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in the shortest time period than anyone else in the history of the marathon swimming. The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming is a series of open water swims including the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the English Channel Swim, and the Catalina Channel Swim, which Rendy completed within a 36 day window in 2008.

In addition to swimming, Rendy competed for USA as a member of the Modern Pentathlon National Team. The Modern Pentathlon is a 5 sport competition including épée fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting, and cross country running. Her Modern Pentathlon accomplishments include competing on the World Circuit in 2010 and 2011, World Championships in 2011, and being shortlisted athlete for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Academically, Rendy has attained a B.A. in Communication with a Media Emphasis and Minored in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2006 as a student-athlete, then went on to obtain a M.Ed. in Athletic Admin from the University of Southern California in 2008.

Rendy started teaching/coaching in 2007 at the After School Sports Connection Program where she taught swimming to the most beginners of swimmers, educating them in areas from becoming comfortable in the water to the fundamentals of stroke technique in every stroke. Concurrently, Rendy provided private swimming lessons to both children and adults of all levels, where her undivided attention allowed her to use equipment such as underwater cameras along with her deep knowledge of stroke technique to drastically improve various individuals in their swimming ability, with amazing results.

After returning from Olympic Training Center in 2013, Rendy has been coaching for NOVA, with unique and special insight for all Tri-athletes and swimmers interested in Open Water Swimming. Within each practice, she focuses on helping swimmers develop and improve techniques that will enable swimmers to swim faster through smarter swimming.

Her motto is: “Impossible is just a word.”