Liana McStravick was born in Mountain View, California and started swimming competitively at age four. As an age-grouper, she was a consistent Junior National and National qualifier in mid-distance and distance freestyle events, winning the 200 Free at the Alabama State High School Championship. She swam distance freestyle events for SMU 1985-1989 and was Team Captain 1988-1989. She has been a DAM coach since fall 2001 and has been coaching Swim Basics since its inception in 2003. She also helps lead its dryland training. She specializes in breathing and stroke fundamentals for beginning swimmers and distance and open water training.