Board of Directors
Peter Hayden, Jane Cairns, Dave Van Mouwerik, Cherie Edborg, Evan Morrison, Karina Garcia
Evan is a Goleta native and 1998 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School. He competed for the Santa Barbara Swim Club from 1987-1998, and was a CIF Finalist and Channel League champion in backstroke.
Evan is the ninth person to swim from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland - a swim that is featured in the documentary film DRIVEN. He has also completed solo swims of the Catalina Channel, around Manhattan Island, Sandy Hook to Manhattan, the length of Tampa Bay, and the Maui Channel, among others.
Evan co-founded the Marathon Swimmers Federation, developed the LongSwims database and the GPS tracking service track.rs, and serves on the Voting Committee of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Evan earned a BA from Princeton and an MA from Stanford, and currently lives in San Francisco.
Serving since 2011. President since December 2016
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.
Serving since 2010
Vice President & Observer Coordinator
Dave started swimming when he was 23 years old. He has been a USMS member for thirty five 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. Since then he has swum the Anacapa Crossing, Lake Tahoe (lengthwise), the Catalina Channel, and a 20.3 mile swim in Sweden across Lake Siljan. Dave and his wife, Lisa, live in San Luis Obispo, CA; their two sons live in South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Flagstaff, AZ.
Serving since 2010
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.
Serving since 2012
Peter is the Sr. Vice President of Engineering for a Los Angeles based commercial real estate developer. He awakens at 4:30 every weekday morning to commute 60 miles to LA’s Fairfax District and fit in a 2-hour workout with the Meridian Swim Club Masters before heading across the street to work. On the weekends, he can usually be found swimming in Laguna Beach waters with the Oak Streakers.
A Los Angeles native, Peter has been a competitive swimmer since age 8, and until 2011, had never done anything longer than a 2 mile pier swim. That changed in 2012, when he completed the 6-mile Semana Nautica and the 12.6-mile Distance Challenge. In 2013, Peter became the 283rd person to successfully cross the Catalina Channel. In 2014, Peter received the Marathon Swimmers Federation’s Yudovin Award, which honors the single most adventurous swim of the year, for his record-setting circumnavigation of Anacapa Island, followed immediately by crossing the Santa Barbara Channel to the Ventura coastline, a total distance of approximately 24 miles.
Peter coached the Pacific Aquatic Masters while attending the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA, and married his star swimmer, Carol Hayden. Peter and Carol live in Laguna Hills, CA; their two sons live in Oakland, CA and Gutau, Austria.
Serving since 2015
Karina grew up in Ventura County and lives in Ventura where she works as a program manager at a non-profit agency called Kids & Families Together. Karina joined a local swim club at age 11 and swam through high school. After college and then living abroad in Chile for a few years, Karina returned to swimming joining the Ventura County Masters. There she made friends with a group of open water swimmers (Deep Enders) who dragged her to the beach one Saturday morning. Despite being a little scared, Karina soon fell in love with ocean swimming because of the focus on endurance and the excitement of the open water. After learning about the accomplishments of her Ventura friends, she wanted to give it a try as well. Karina’s first channel swim was the Catalina Channel in 2016 and since then she has set a new goal each year.
Serving since 2021