Our team traveled all over the world for international competitions, including places like Bulgaria, England, and Germany. For my team, I swam the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, and also the medley relay, which was my favorite event of all. At the most competitive junior event in Leeds, England in 1992, I won 2 silver medals in my butterfly events and won a gold medal in the medley relay.
At the age of 15, I was selected to join the Russian National Swimming Team. During this time, I trained with the National Team and competed with the top swimmers in the world. And I also participated in junior swimming meets for which I was still eligible. On the National Team, I swam the same events: 100- and 200-meter butterfly and the medley relay. Our team traveled to many international competitions, including great places like Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo, Paris. At the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, I won 2 silver medals in the 100-meter butterfly and the medley relay. At the 1994 World Championships in Rome, our medley relay team again won a silver medal. One of my proudest moments came in 1995, when I received a presidential award personally from President Boris Yeltsin for my swimming accomplishments. The official title of the award was the "Russian Federation's Certificate to the State and Medal for Merits before the Fatherland 'Second Degree.'" In total, I won 15 gold medals and 5 silver medals at various swimming competitions, and I am a national record holder.
When I was 15, I also qualified for the Russian Olympic Swimming Team, but was unable to go with my team to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. When I was 19, I qualified again for the Russian Olympic Swimming Team. I swam in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and the medley relay at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an absolute thrill to participate in the Olympics and compete against the top swimmers in the world. Our medley relay team qualified for the finals, but we unfortunately failed to bring home a medal.
I retired from competitive swimming in 1997 to focus on my education. I graduated from the Pedagogical University of Samara in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Physical Education.
After graduation, I coached swimming and managed pool operations at the Secondary School in Samara for 2 years. I then became a manager and aerobics instructor at the Samara City Sports Complex, and worked there for 2 years.
I came to the United States in 2004, and began teaching group and private lessons in Las Vegas, NV for three years.
I then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2007, where now live with my husband Brian (his website) and our 3 daughters: Athena, Sofie, and Vivian. I teach private swimming lessons independently and at ACAC, where I also coach its swim club and manage its aquatics programs. I help coach at CYAC as well during the indoor season.
I love living in Charlottesville, where I happily received my U.S. citizenship on September 11, 2009. I'm excited about the chance to work with many more swimmers of all ages and experience levels. Please don't hesitate to contact me to learn more! I look forward to working with you!
Links to some of my swimming results and statistics