From competing on the Indonesian national team, to graduating from SMU, to gracing the pages of PEOPLE Magazine following her marriage to Josh Prenot, Tiffany Sudarma has lived a pretty swim-centric life, one she says she wouldn’t trade.
Things weren’t always quite so glamorous, however, as it took time for Tiffany to grow into her love of the sport. It was only when she began to tap into her true athlete’s mentality as an adolescent, that she began to see where the sport could take her.
“I started swimming when I was 6 years old due to asthma. My parents thought that swimming would help, and it did. At first, I didn’t like swimming very much, but I enjoyed it more when I started seeing improvement. At age 12, I broke an age group record, and at age 15 managed to get on the Indonesian national team.”
Hoping to cultivate this same level of passion in younger swimmers, Tiffany is on a mission to show the next generation just what swimming can offer, using her own life and experience as an example.
“Fitter & Faster has made such a difference in young swimmers, and I want to be a part of that. Providing a great experience in clinics is my priority, and I hope to get kids more motivated to swim.”
Having attended Dartmouth’s business school after her graduation from SMU, Tiffany is a pragmatic thinker, capable of breaking down strokes while attacking the sport from multiple angles. Even still, Tiffany knows when to disengage the mind and let muscle memory do the talking, encouraging her swimmers to remember why they are in the sport.
“I tell swimmers not to be too hard on [themselves] mentally; just have fun. I have almost hit best times after ‘retiring’ from swimming because I gave myself less pressure.”
According to Tiffany, this healthy state of mind can arise from self-awareness and self-care, important aspects of training that happen outside the pool. A huge proponent of visualization, balanced nutrition, and goal-setting, Tiffany aims to teach swimmers about lifestyles conducive to wellness and fast swimming.
Having worked with renowned coaches throughout her career, Tiffany has accumulated a wide array of knowledge that she is eager to impart on participants. With a soft spot for backstroke and butterfly, Tiffany draws on her own racing experiences in order to teach students.
“I love emphasizing tempo in backstroke; remembering high tempo has helped me finish my last 25 in the 100. Finishing my butterfly races by keeping my head down into the wall has helped me improve and win close races.”
Perhaps most importantly, Tiffany wants each and every swimmer to have a unique experience within the clinic, and thus makes it a point to provide individual feedback as often as possible. Claiming that this individualized attention proved invaluable in her own swim career, Tiffany hopes to give back to the sport by building similar connections. Do you want to learn how to improve in every facet of the sport? Sign up for a clinic with Tiffany today!