Masters Swim Coach's Corner
We are extremely pleased to welcome our new Head Coach - Adriana Marmolejo Scheck! Now is a great time to join our team and get to know our new Head Coach!
Head Coach: Adriana Marmolejo Scheck
Coach Adriana joins BUMS after a recent tenure in Chicago where she coached two different Masters swim teams and was also named Illinois Masters Swimming Coach of the Year for 2012. Her experience also includes coaching at the age group level in both Illinois and Arizona. Coach Adriana is originally from Mexico where she competed on the Mexican National Swimming Team. She competed in three Olympics - Sydney, Athens and Beijing - in breaststroke. At one time she held the National records as well as a Central American Record for breaststroke. Coach Adriana is focused on personal growth of her swimmers but also is driven to build the team aspect of Masters swimming.
Assistant Coach: Jen Strasburger
Coach Jen Strasburger comes to BUMS with over 9 years of coaching experience at a variety of levels. After concluding her swimming career as a honorable mention all-American, captain and conference champion, Jen went on to become the Graduate Assistant coach at the University of California Berkeley. While there, the Women's team placed 8th and 6th at NCAA's, won the 800 free relay and put athletes onto the Olympic, World and University games teams. Currently Jen is the Assistant coach for BU's Men's and Women's teams as well as working with the University's masters program. She specializes in technique and tough practices.
Assistant Coach: Clara Van Allen
Clara Van Allen graduated from Boston University in May 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education and a sub-concentration is Special Education. During her four years at BU, Clara was a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team, specializing in Distance Freestyle, IM and Breaststroke. Clara was on the scoring team at the America East Conferences all four years (two of which BUSD won the AE Conference) and is a team record holder in the 800 Freestyle Relay.
While Clara has been swimming for 15+ years, she has just begun her coaching career. After joining the BU Aquatics staff in March of 2011, Clara became involved with the BUMS program by coaching once a week. During the following summer, she took on the role of interim head coach. After receiving a full-time position at a school in the Brookline School District, she had to step down as interim Head Coach but remains on the coaching staff coaching the Sunday morning practices. Outside of coaching and working in Brookline, Clara is pursuing her Masters degree in Special Education.
Assistant Coach: Erik Linnane
Erik Linnane joins the coaching staff with over 25 years of coaching and teaching experience. He has coached masters, college, high school, and age group swimmers at the Belmont Hill Club, Providence College, Boston College, Boston University, the Babson Recreation Center, and in the Acton-Boxborough system. Long, long ago, he was a scholarship-winning swimmer at Providence College where he competed in the breaststroke, IM, and fly events. Erik earned his BA in Psychology from Providence College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College (no fears BUMS - a true Friar, Erik has no love for the Eagles). Outside of coaching, Erik works full time at the BU School of Management as the Associate Director of the undergraduate program. .
Your Administrator: Joan Rajfer
Joan is a huge supporter of Masters Swimming since she's a swimmer herself! She started swimming on a team at age 6 and hasn't stopped since! She swam for BUMS as a undergraduate at BU and returned in 2005 as Manager of Aquatics at BU.
Some of her recent, post-shoulder surgery swimming accomplishments include completing an open water 5K swim in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and her first 1650 at the New England Short Course Championships in 2009. Although she was a sprint freestyler and breaststroker in high school and college, the distance events have brought new challenges!