San Mateo Masters Swimming

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Welcome to San Mateo Masters!

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The San Mateo Masters are a USMS Masters Swim Team with 240+ swimmers ranging from age 18-95. We are recognized as the 1st Masters Swim Team in the United States. Our swimmers come in all different shapes, sizes, and abilities. We encourage you to come try us out! Contact Coach Tom for your complimentary workout here.
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We are...

San Mateo Masters Swimming…. Who are we?

It is actually very simple…   We are an organized, supportive group of swimmers (ages 18+), coached by experienced, motivating and supportive coaches.  We come in all shapes and sizes, and all levels of efficiency.  We swim for fun, we swim to meet new friends, we swim for exercise, we swim for competition, and some swim for all of the above. But mostly, we swim for our health and well- being.   Come and swim with us…it’s that simple.  All members are welcome to try a complimentary swim workout with us.

If you are new to group swim workouts the best times to try us out are:
        •  Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 10am or Noon
        •  Monday – Thursday at 6pm or Saturdays at 8:30am

Workout Schedule & Fees

We invite participation from swimmers of all abilities, age 18 and over who are interested in regular structured workouts. Experience in competitive swimming is not necessary. Members include beginning lap swimmers, triathletes, former collegiate and nationally-ranked Masters competitors. We are one of the few bay area programs with access to long course training, an element that gives us an extra edge in training variety and opportunity.

Introduce yourself to the coach on deck and join the fun! We offer 25 workouts per week to choose from:
Monday – Friday 5:45 – 7:00am
Monday – Friday 7:00 – 8:00am
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 1:00pm
Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 - 11:00am
Mon - Thurs 6:00 – 7:15pm
Saturday 7:15 – 9:00am
Sunday 7:15 – 9:00am

Focus of Workouts:
Mondays: Long Distance Free
Tuesdays: Stroke and IM
Wednesdays: Quality Free
Thursdays: Mid Distance Free (6pm workout is Stroke and IM)
Fridays: Stroke and IM
Saturdays: Longcourse / Mid Distance Free
Sundays: Longcourse / Distance Free and IM

San Mateo Masters is available to San Mateo Athletic Club members only
Monthly Fee: $20

If you have any questions, please contact:
Katie Elgaaen - Aquatics Director - (650)378-7381 -
Tom Reudy - Head Coach, Masters & Adult Swimming -

Coach Bios

Tom Reudy, Head Coach

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Millbrae. I started swimming at the age of 9 for the Millbrae Otters. Eventually the Otters merged with the San Mateo swim team, and we later became the Golden Gate Aquatics swim team. I was a top five U.S. age group swimmer, and I continued swimming until I was 18. I was offered a number of college swimming scholarships, but unfortunately I was burned out, and I stopped swimming after I left school. Soon after that I began my career in the entertainment field and eventually moved to Los Angeles.
It was during this time that I found my way back to the pool. I started swimming with a Masters team, never thinking that I would start competing again. But I found that I still had that competitive gene in me, and I really started training hard. I was shocked and excited to find that my body still responded to the intense workouts. Over the next 20 years or so, I achieved Masters World and National records as well as All-American honors, and I also discovered that I had a passion for coaching. Having been asked to fill in as coach for the Masters team from time to time, I found that I really enjoyed doing it and I started coaching on a regular basis. So swimming and coaching have been a very big part of my life.
I am so fortunate and excited to be doing what I love ... coaching. And to be back in my home town coaching the San Mateo Masters is something I would have never expected. The San Mateo Masters has the honor and recognition of being the very first Masters swim team in the world, and I am lucky to be part of that history.

Katie Elgaaen, Aquatics Director & Assistant Coach

Katie Elgaaen is a lifetime swimmer. Highlights of her swimming resume include Pan-American Games gold and silver medal, US Olympic Trials finalist, All American and team captain of the nationally ranked University of California swim team, first place finishes at La Jolla Rough Water Swim, Lake Berryessa, Trans Tahoe & Maui Channel relays. Top 3 finishes at Waikiki Rough Water, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
Although retired from racing, Katie continues to swim for fitness and coaches both kids and adults. Also a mother of 3 young kids, Katie enjoys spending time chasing them around the house and teaching them to love the water.
Katie has been an Aquatics Director, swim coach, swimming, spinning and lifeguard instructor in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. Her passion is to teach people of all ages to love swimming for life.

Jim Stretch, Assistant Master's Coach

At the age of nine Jim began swimming competitively for the Golden Serpents Swim Club in Michigan.  He has remained in the sport ever since.  Jim started coaching in 1984 at the University Club in Lansing Michigan.  From there he became the Aquatics Director at the Little harbor Club from 1985 – 1987.

After the birth of his children, Jim took a brief hiatus from swimming but started competing again  in Masters in 1999.  Jim loves coaching and enjoys working with entry level swimmers focusing on building a solid stroke and technique and developing a foundation that will serve athletes over the course of their swimming career. Jim has developed athletes at the Mavericks swim team in Half Moon Bay and was Head Coach at the Burlingame Country Club from 2008- 2011.  Jim was also ass't coach at Carlmont High School in 2012 and made coaching contributions that helped lift Carlmont to their first PAL BAY Division title while developing athletes to achieve personal, school and conference records.  Jim has become an important part of our coaching staff.

Cindy Lee, Assistant Master's Coach

Cindy's first experience in the water was at 5 yrs. old in the Atlantic Ocean.  She was definitely a water baby.  She swam competitively for the YMCA from the ages of 12 -15 yrs. After swimming one year in college, Cindy took a break from competing, but stayed near the water.  She coached a summer league country club team from the ages of 18 – 25.  She eventually moved to No. Calif. at the age of 32 and has been here ever since.  She has coached  the Mavericks age group and high school swim teams  for the past 20 years.  She started swimming and coaching Masters in 1990.  Cindy has numerous Masters swimming awards topped off by her Swimmer Of The Year Award.  She was also an All American and National Champion.  Her dedication and commitment to her swimmers is inspiring.  We are very fortunate to have Cindy Lee as part of our coaching staff.

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