Jennifer Phalen has been training with the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters since 1989, and has been a competitive swimmer since age four. She competed in age group swimming, four years of varsity high school swimming and two years in NCAA division II. While competing for SF State University, she shared an All-American title with her teammates for their performance in the 200 Medley Relay in 1984. More recently, she’s been inspired by the uniqueness and challenges of open water swimming. Jennifer won first place overall in her age group in the PMS Open Water High Point Challenge in 2009 and second place in 2010 and is currently competing in the 2011 events. She placed first overall in the women’s International Speedo 5K Open Water Challenge in the Philippine Islands in June 2009. She also earned several Pacific Masters top-ten swims in Short Course Yards.
Jennifer has been very active in her team’s competitions. She participates in the One Hour Postal Swim, the Brute Squad, and won the winter point challenge three years in a row for daily attendance and participation in local swim meets. She earned a BA in both Sociology and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 1987. She lives in the El Cerrito Hills raising three children who are all competitive swimmers. She taught her children how to swim at our own Strawberry Canyon pool. Her passion and love of the sport has been an inspiration to countless swimmers and has motivated her to become a coach to train and encourage others so they can share her enjoyment of swimming.
In June 2011 she received her ASCA level 1 and 2 certificate.