Board of Directors
SBCSA Board of Directors in February 2013.
East Beach, Santa Barbara, California.
Left to Right: Jim Fitzpatrick, Scott Zornig, Lynn Kubasek, Cherie Edborg, Theo Schmeeckle, Jane Cairns, Dave Van Mouwerik, Evan Morrison, Rob Dumouchel
Scott Zornig, President
Scott is a 1981 Graduate of CSU Chico Business School who has been teaching children and adults how to swim since he was 14 years old. He has been involved with masters swimming for 26 years and was named a USMS All-American. He is currently a member of the Capo and Coto Coyotes masters swim teams in South Orange County where he is also an open water swimming coach for the two programs.
Scott was 90th person to swim the Catalina Channel solo, the 5th person to swim the Santa Barbara Channel solo and the 1st person to swim from one channel island to another (Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island). He also swam around Manhattan Island (28.5 miles) and was a member of a relay which recorded the first swim from San Clemente Island to San Clemente (a distance of 60 miles). In 2007, Scott and five teammates circumnavigated Catalina Island (50 miles) in under 24 hours. The former high school and collegiate water polo player and swimmer is the current holder of five, long distance, open water swimming records.
Jane Cairns, Historian and Secretary
Jane grew up swimming on the Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team from 1978-1988. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies in 1993 while swimming on the Gauchos swim team for 4 years. Jane was named SPMA Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 1997. She has participated in numerous Catalina Channel crossing relays and is a member of the team that still holds the fastest CCCF single and double crossing records. Jane is also a veteran paddleboard racer. She has raced the Catalina Channel 15 times, 8 of which in the 32 mile Catalina Classic and placing 5 times in the men's division. She has also raced the 32 mile Molokai paddleboard race 3 times.
Jane is very involved in the aquatic community in Santa Barbara. She helps run a weekly summer ocean swim race and has been the director of the SB 6 mile ocean swim race for the past 10 years and still holds the women's course record. She is currently getting back into swimming shape to hopefully soon start training to swim the Catalina Channel solo.
Rob Dumouchel, Marketing Chairman
Rob Dumouchel is an open water marathon swimmer, cold water enthusiast, and adventure beard aquaculturist who trains year round in Avila Beach, California. Rob has participated in open water swims all over the country ranging from under a mile to over 12 miles including the 12.6 mile Distance Swim Challenge and a 10k New Years Day Polar Bear swim in Pismo Beach. Although he enjoys seeing new places via their waters, he's come to appreciate the cold waters of the Pacific on the central coast of California and has focused his future marathon swim goals along it. Rob is a regular fixture in Channel crossings as a crew person and support swimmer and can often be found throwing up off the back of boats in support of his friends.
Cherié Edborg, Treasurer
Cherié (pronounced sure-e) is originally from Westminster, CA and currently lives in Huntington Beach, CA. She is the single mother of of two boys. She currently works in Aliso Viejo for Shea Mortgage as the Controller.
Unlike the other SBCSA board members, Cherié does not have a swimming background. In fact, she started to swim in September 2008 when she did her first sprint triathlon. She continued to do other triathlons over the next few years, but had never swum further than one mile until the summer of 2011 when she completed a two mile pier-to-pier swim from Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier. In early 2012, she was encouraged to give marathon swimming a try. Cherié trained hard for several months and did her first six-mile swim in July of 2012. On August 25, Cherie became the 28th person to swim the 12.4 mile channel between Anacapa Island and the mainland and did so in a time of 8:21. Cherié jokes that her job is what led her to marathon swimming as a position as an accountant has no adventure.
Jim Fitzpatrick, Banquet Coordinator
Jim is an All-American high school swimmer from San Jose. He played water polo at UCLA from 1973-78 and was on the Bruins' swimming team his freshman year. Jim set an international swimming record in 2000 by swimming 761,000 yards or 432 miles in 29 days. In October 2001, Jim became the 98th person to swim solo across the Catalina Channel. In 2002, he was a member of a relay which recorded the first swim (60 miles) from San Clemente Island to San Clemente. Jim also successfully crossed the English Channel in 2005, and was the first person to swim from Catalina Island to Orange County in 2008. Jim has completed fresh water swims across Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho and Lake Tahoe in California.
Jim is currently employed as a sales representative for Townsend Design in Laguna Niguel, California.
Lynn Kubasek, Apparel Coordinator
Lynn is the daughter of surfers who cut the waves at Killer Dana in Southern California in the early 60's. She has been a USMS swimmer since 1982, swimming with both UC Irvine Masters and Irvine Novaquatics Masters. She holds two age-group distance swimming records with the Tualatin Hills Masters February Fitness Challenge.
A long-time ocean swimmer, Lynn was first introduced to channel swimming by assisting with Scott Zornig's historic Anacapa to Santa Cruz crossing. Since then, she has kayaked and observed for numerous solo and relay crossings. She is the 173rd person to swim the Catalina Channel solo. Although Lynn is looking to her next channel attempt, she is eager to assist other channel aspirants in their quests.
Evan Morrison, Chairman of the Rules Committee, Social Media Coordinator, and Webmaster
Evan is a Santa Barbara-based marathon swimmer, and the fastest to swim between Santa Cruz Island and the mainland. He is a former NCAA Div. 1 pool swimmer at Princeton, and he received a Masters degree from Stanford. Evan's other marathon swims include the Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Ederle Swim, Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, and Maui Channel. His record-breaking Santa Cruz Island swim will be featured in an upcoming independent documentary film, DRIVEN.
Theo Schmeeckle, Safety Chairman
Theo grew up in Washington State where he started competitive swimming at the age of seven. He was a four-year college letterman in swimming, graduating with an engineering degree from the University of Idaho. His first job upon graduation brought him to California where he continued swimming and participated in some open water events. Theo was out of swimming concentrating on his family and career while living in Washington and Pennsylvania.
A few years ago, Theo returned to California where he returned to the water and caught the open water swimming bug once again. He has completed several long swims including the Semana Nautica six-mile ocean swim and has been a pace swimmer on multiple Anacapa Island swims. He has been an observer on several Catalina and Channel Island swims. Theo trains in the pool on his own, has been a regular with the Channel Islands Masters ocean swims in Carpentaria, and participates in ocean training swims with members of the Ventura Deep Six. Theo and his wife of 24 years live in Oxnard, CA. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Dave Van Mouwerik, Vice President and Observer Coordinator
Dave started swimming when he was 23 years old. He has been a USMS member for thirty years, and has been a member of various Masters teams for most of that time. Early in his swim career, he gravitated towards longer distance events in pool meets, and to open water swims. He has participated in about a dozen 6 mile ocean swims (in Santa Cruz, Avila Beach, and Santa Barbara), as well as some 10 mile swims (in Boston Harbor, Seal Beach, and Santa Barbara). In 1998 Dave swam solo from Avila Beach Pier to Pismo Beach Pier, a distance of six miles. This swim inspired him to start the USMS-sanctioned Pismo to Avila Pier to Pier Swim, which he organized and participated in from 1999 to 2002. From 2004 to 2007, Dave took a break from swimming, and paddled 6 man outrigger canoes with Pale Kai, a competitive outrigger canoe club in Avila Beach.
Dave caught the marathon swimming bug in 2010, when he was 52 years old. That year he became the 17th person to swim from Anacapa Island to Oxnard. And then in 2011 he became the 16th person to swim the length (south to north) of Lake Tahoe. Dave and his wife, Lisa, are raising two sons in San Luis Obispo, California.