Monique Bender is returning for her 9th season with RSST. She started competitive swimming at age 6 and continued through high school. She reconnected with swimming when her children expressed an interest in the sport. Coach Monique started her coaching career as a pre-team coach of 6 year olds in Montgomery County. Over the next few years, Coach Monique worked for a winter swim club in Montgomery County instructing stroke clinic, swim lessons, and competitive team. She took this time to get her certifications to become a Swim America lesson instructor and then later, Site Supervisor. During that time she became an American Swimming Coaches Assoc. Level II coach and is currently working on Level III certification. Currently, in the winter season, Monique coaches locally with the Health Unlimited Hurricanes and is also a substitute teacher for Frederick County Public School.