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Annette Spicer-Nielsen grew up in Fullerton in a talented family of seven children with the support of her very loving and giving parents, Anna and Donald Spicer. Annette began swimming in 1972 at Sunny Hills High School with Craig Brown. With the visions of a swim complex and park, her parents and close friends, the Goddard family, spent 5 years devoting their lives to getting Independence Park built. In 1976 they accomplished their dream for the families of Fullerton, the neighboring cities and the swimming world and Independence Park was built.

At that time, Annette began swimming under the top age group coaches at the swim complex (Now the Janet Evans swim Complex) which quickly became her second home for many years to come. There she was guided by top coaches and became a National level swimmer along side my teammates Janet Evans, Darren Ward, and Kim Rosso. At Sunny Hills High, Annette belonged to a team that won CIF 3 years consecutively, and also were she became an All American distance swimmer.

While at Fullerton College, Annette gained ownership of three school All-Time Swim Records in 100 Freestyle (53.49 - 1987), 200 Freestyle (1:54.93 - 1987), and 500 Freestyle (5:06.18 - 1987). At the 1987 State Championships in Ventura, Annette was first in the 500 freestyle (5:06.91), first in the 200 freestyle (1:54.93) and second in the 100 free by tenths of a second (53.52).

Annette has been the Head Age Group Coach at FAST (Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team), under the guidance of the late Kevin Perry and now Head Coach Bill Jewell. She has helped develop many kids from age group swimming, Junior Olympics, National, to Olympic level swimming.