Anna was born in Baltimore, MD, and moved to California when she was 2 years old. Her father, George, is an Anesthesiologist and her mother, Pamela, is a speech pathologist and both were former national and college swimmers for the University of Iowa. Inspired by her parents, Anna started competitive swimming at 6 and specializes in mid distance freestyle and backstroke. Swimming under Coaches Rob Mackle and Nate Chessey, she qualified for Western Zones, Far westerns, Junior Olympics. She participated in multiple open water swims including the Del Mar Powerhouse and the La Jolla Cove Rough Water Swim. A Math and English Honors student, Anna would like to attend the University of North Carolina and eventually pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Anna has volunteered for church charities and the Kids Korps. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends.
Ocean Seven is a group of 7 American competitive swimmers from San Diego, California who crossed the Catalina Channel in 7 hours 51 minutes in September 2015 to benefit the charity Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Its members include Mia Thomas, Heloise Leblanc, Erin Taggart, Lindsay Turner, and Mia Ryan.
Catalina Channel Crossing