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Jessica Brandt Head Coach

Jessica Brandt is a lifelong Springwood Sprinter. She began swimming at age 3, and aside from a couple years growing up, she swam for Springwood every summer until she aged out. She has 4 younger siblings who swam (or still swim) for Springwood. Her specialty strokes are backstroke and freestyle. She also swam varsity for the Clayton Valley swim team. She was a swimmer coach, then an assistant coach for Springwood from 2009-2011. Since then, she has been teaching preschool in Moraga. Jessica's favorite part of Springwood is showing team spirit by rooting as loud as she can at meets and showing great sportsmanship all season long!

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Claudia Paz Assistant Coach

My name is Claudia; I am 24 years old and a first-time mom to an 8-month-old baby girl! I was born in San Francisco and moved to Pittsburg shortly after and have been there my entire life. I love spending time with my family and out in the sun (yes, summer is my favorite season because who's isn't??). Growing up, I've always loved being surrounded by water. I learned to swim at a very young age; since then, it has been game over. My very first job was at a community pool as a swim instructor. I worked there for 2 years and afterward left to work at Little Swimmers as an instructor. I LOVED the connections I made with my swimmers and their families, and I talk to some of them to this day. When I left Little Swimmers in 2019, I took a break from swim instructing and did a temporary job for the Covid-19 Vaccine Line. I quickly realized that despite it being a temporary job, it wasn't something my heart was in. I LOVE swimming, and I LOVE instructing. As for my swimming experience, I went to Pittsburg High and swam on the swim team in my junior and senior years. In my junior year, they created a water polo team, and I decided to join that as well, but it lasted only a short time since there was no water polo team for my senior year. When I was younger, I swam for the Antioch Delta Skimmers (ADS) for a year but felt the pace was too fast for my little 10-year-old self. I am EXTREMELY excited to start this new journey with you all as your new assistant coach! I can't wait to see all the connections, memories, and victories we make as a team. Thank you for letting me be a part of your team, and let's have a great season !!

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