Menlo-Atherton has a new head swim coach this season

Just one season after guiding the Menlo-Atherton girls' swim team to a fourth-place finish at the Central Coast Section Championships, head coach Lori (Heisick) Stenstrom is gone.

"Lori moved to Colorado last August," said new M-A head coach Jane Worden, who assisted Stenstrom last season. "I guess they always wanted to live there, so off they went! I think they're enjoying it."

Stenstrom is the new head swim coach at Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The school is sending running back Christian McCaffrey to Stanford this fall. Interestingly enough, his father, Ed, was a senior wide receiver at Stanford when Lori's husband, Steve Stenstrom, was the starting quarterback.

Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, not only lost its head coach, but their star swimmer, as well. Brooke Stenstrom, who broke school records in the 50- (23.23) and 100-yard (51.32) freestyles and swam two record-breaking relay teams in only her freshman year, also is gone. She was second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free at the CCS finals.

Brooke just competed at the Colorado 4A state meet. She upset the state recordholder to win the 50 Free in 23.66. The state record for 4A is 23.60. She later won the 100 free in 51.72.

Worden, who like Lori Stenstrom swam collegiately at Stanford, has former Stanford swimmer Bobby Bollier back to assist her along with newcomer Brett Koerten.

"Brett swam at the University of Wisconsin -- was team captain, competed at Olympic Trials and also was an assistant high school coach after graduating from college," Worden said. "On top of that, his personality is perfect for the job. I am really lucky to have them both helping!"

Menlo-Atherton will open its 2014 season in a tri-meet at Palo Alto High on Feb. 28.

In other swim news, it was announced that the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships will make its debut in the spring of 2015.

CCS playoffs

The Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Priory girls have a lengthy break until heading into the section soccer playoffs next week.

As the top two teams from the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo and SHP likely will earn top-three seeds and not play until the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 1. Menlo will end up having 17 days off before getting back into action while Priory will have 15 days off and SHP 14.

The WBAL boys are still playing this week. SHP, the league champ, also should get a bye into the quarterfinals and open on March 1. Menlo is still battling for the league's second automatic CCS berth.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Great story NOT about the new head coach. How about a story about the Coach now, PA Online?

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Posted by Swimmer
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

The swimming community is healing from Stenstrom's maneuverings last spring and summer and we still have to hear about Lori and Brooke now that they are living in Colorado? When will Palo Alto online stop being the publicity agent for Lori Stenstrom and her daughter? Why do we care what the Colorado 4A record for the 50 free is?

How about some real reporting about the current set of M-A coaches that are equally if not more impressive than Stenstrom? Have you looked up Bobby's swimming results? What about this year's group of talented swimmers and their prospects? Please.

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Posted by swim community
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I have to agree with the statement by "swimmer". I am not sure the M-A swimming community will miss last year's coach nor really cares how well former swimmers are doing in other states. M-A has a great new coach and a lot of emerging talent. One swimmer does not make a team nor their success. Go Jane we know you will do a great job. FYI she was Lori's assistant who is also responsible for the team's success last season!!!

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Posted by marry
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

My daughter is allergic to the Clorox in the pool dose she still need to swim

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Posted by MA-Alum
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

If only Valor Christian knew what we all know about what a joke of a coach Stenstrom was. Her leaving was the best thing for us. Good luck Valor Christian - you'll need it! So much of a better year for MA this year without them!

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