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.