Carol Macpherson


Carol is the Founder and Head Coach of Rinconada Masters.  She is an All-American World and National Champion swimmer, has been inducted into both Santa Clara and Menlo Atherton High School Hall of Fames, and has over 45 years experience with masters coaching and swimming instruction.  Over the years, she has taught water babies through masters swimmers and has an excellent record of success.


As a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) since 1985, and currently ASCA Level 3 coach, Carol keeps current on stroke techniques and other swimming and coaching information.


"My goal is to inspire swimmers to their best performances. First and foremost, I feel Masters Swimming is for life. I believe that a Masters team should be a second family. As a coach, I want to promote that feeling of togetherness not only in the pool and at swim meets, but also outside of the pool arena. Every swimmer is important to a team. Every swimmer has a place on the team, not just the highly competitive athlete. The fastest are the most visible in public, but a team depends on all of its swimmers for support by participating at swim meets or even just cheering their teammates on.

My goals for non-competitive swimmers are to guide the individual swimmer to achieve his or her highest potential using stroke drills, giving real-time correction during workouts, and encouraging them to start a small weight-training program for strength."

Our coaches

Terri Baxter-Smith

Former Olympic swimmer, Terri Baxter-Smith, the daughter of Rinconada Masters Swim Club co-founder Cindy Baxter, has come on as an assistant coach, just in time to help the Club ramp up to their annual Spring Short Course Meet on March 12.


Ms. Baxter-Smith is a 1982 graduate of Palo Alto High School. But already in 1980 she was on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, competing in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events. She was also an NCAA All-American in 1985, 1986, and 1987 in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke, and a Bronze Medal winner in the 100 meter breaststroke in the 1987 Pan-American games.


Swimming has been a part of her life from the beginning. As a child she helped her mother at Rinconada Masters meets, and during winter breaks at college (Arizona State and San Jose State) she swam with the Rinconada Masters to stay in shape. Some of those same swimmers she swam with are still active members of Rinconada masters. Her husband was also an accomplished swimmer, is a retired lieutenant commander, special forces, in the U.S. Navy, and now practices law. She also enjoys biking, hiking, and cooking.

Pool address:  Rinconada Park,
777 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA
 Tel: 650.493.2930

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