Robin M. Smith

Robin, Masters Assistant Coach

Robin Smith has been swimming her entire life. She competed back in the AAU days and swam for Mike Troy (Olympic Double Gold Medalist 1960 Olympics) in Coronado, CA. She also had the opportunity to work with James “Doc” Counsilman (Indiana University) on stroke technique. Robin went on to compete pre-Title IX (NCIAC) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA where she graduated with a BS Degree in Nursing. She was nationally ranked in breaststroke and individual medley events, competed at Senior Nationals, medaled at the National AAU Junior Olympic Games (100 Breast), and qualified for the 1968 US Olympic Trials (200 Breast).

After leaving competitive age group swimming, Robin worked as a lifeguard (pool/beach), water safety instructor, and coach. And she had a long and successful career as an RN working in Emergency /Critical Care Medicine and then in Clinical Drug Development/Clinical Research in the pharma/biotech industry. She has competed as a triathlete, runner (track, road, trail), and swimmer (open water/pool). And she has coached multi-sport athletes, runners, and swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Robin returned to Masters Swimming after a 30 year break from competing in the pool and now competes on a regular basis. She was a member of two FINA Masters World Record Relays (4×200 Free, 400 Medley) and holds multiple Nova Masters records.

She is a Certified USMS Coach and Certified USMS Adult Learn to Swim Instructor. Her focus is on proper technique, injury prevention and having fun in the water. Robin believes that we need to keep moving as we age and that it is important to incorporate fitness as a lifestyle.