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Coach - Andrea "Fish" Fisher

   

Andrea "Fish" Fisher is a former University of Texas Lady Longhorn and NCAA Division 1 individual and team champion. During her swimming career she was recognized with 18 All American Awards, USA National Swim Team Member, Multiple Conference Champion wins and held 2 national records. Fast forward a few years down the road and Andrea ended up becoming a sponsored professional triathlete for over 16 years, focused mainly on the long course distances. Fish, as she is commonly referred to by her nickname, has logged more than 15 top 5 Ironman finishes, multiple 70.3 wins, and 5 Ironman swim course records during the 16 plus years she competed professionally.

Andrea is now a "Momma Fish" with two daughters. She returned to racing via amateur status after her birth of her first child and accomplished multiple overall wins at various events ranging from 50k trail runs to her Ironman qualifying overall win at Buffalo Springs 70.3. Andrea closed out that year with the top USAT 40-44 age group ranking in both Aquathon and Triathlon. After her daughter Alex was born, Andrea returned to racing in mid 2014 and is currently on her way back to a successful masters career. Her sites are currently set on securing another Ironman World Championship spot in 2015 and finishing at the top of the national rankings once again.

Andrea's past working career includes years of hands on experience with world renowned coaches, and aquatics facility management. She also worked as the assistant to the Vice President of Speedo America, where she facilitated sponsorship contracts, team sales, and was a liaison for the national support team program. Andrea is currently the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach for the Austin JCC, and owner and Head Coach for Texas Iron Multisport, Inc.

Assistant Swim Coach for JCC/Texas Iron Masters Swim Program - Angie Balentine

Angie Balentine started her swimming career in St. Louis at age 8. Early on it was obvious that backstroke was her specialty which lead to a Missouri High School State Championship title in the 100 backstroke. From there she continued swimming at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. While at Trinity, Balentine worked with youth swimming development programs at San Antonio Country club as well as the San Antonio Wave Swim Team. Balentine graduated Trinity University with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Literature with minors in Mathematics and Physical Education.

Balentine now continues her athletic endeavors through triathlon and occasionally master's swim meets. She started her triathlon career at the 2000 Danskin event placing top 10 at her first triathlon. From there she continued to excel placing 3rd in her age group at the 2002 USA Triathlon National Championships and in the process qualified for the 2003 Age Group Olympic Distance World Championship in New Zealand. In addition to qualifying for Olympic Distance World Championship, Angie won her age group as well as qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship at the Buffalo Springs Lake Half Ironman. More recently, Balentine competed in the 2010 Ironman Arizona Event and qualified for the 2011 Hawaii Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Currently she is a manager at Jack & Adam's Bicycles.

Outside of work and training, Balentine loves swimming with her 4 year old daughter Terra and watching mystery/murder movies like Bones, CSI, and Dexter with her husband, James. She cannot turn down chocolate.

 

Assistant Coach - Louie Riesch

       

Louie's triathlon career began in 2002 in Houston, but his athletic career started at a very early age with little dribblers basketball, t-ball, and flag football.  His first true love with sport was definitely basketball, and once Louie realized that he wasn’t going to be the next Michael Jordan he hung up his basketball shoes during his freshman year of college. 

After college Louie needed an athletic outlet and started running, which eventually steared his way into triathlon.  He has raced all distances, from sprint to Ironman, with multiple age group podium finishes and overall top performances.  The 70.3 distance is his favorite, and running remains his strongest of the three disciplines. 

Louie has been involved in health and fitness professionally since college graduation.  While working on his masters degree in Public Health he worked at a wellness center managing fitness programs.  Most recently he has completed a masters degree in nursing and is now currently working as a diabetic educator, counseling people on the benefits of exercise. 

 

 

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