Staciana Stitts

Staciana Stitts Winfield (born September 12, 1981), née Staciana Stitts, is an American former competition swimmer and breaststroke specialist. She is a 2000 Summer Olympics and 1999 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 1998 Goodwill Games silver medalist.

Staciana Stitts
Personal information
Full nameStaciana Stitts
National team United States
Born (1981-09-12) September 12, 1981
Columbus, Ohio
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg)
ClubIrvine Novaquatics
College teamUniversity of California, Berkeley

Stitts and her University of California, Berkeley teammates Haley Cope, Joscelin Yeo, and Praphalsai Minpraphal broke the 4×50-meter medley relay short-course world record in 2000 with a time of 1:49.23.

In 2004, she graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 2005 to 2006, Stitts-Winfield worked at the College of Charleston as an assistant swimming coach.[1] In June 2006, Stitts-Winfield was named an assistant swimming coach at University of Southern California (USC).[2]

Stitts-Winfield states, "The life significance of losing my hair at age 12 from alopecia areata has made me a very strong, determined person."[3] She has been a motivational speaker at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation's Teens Conference Camp[4] and has been a spokesperson for the Children's Alopecia Project.[5]


Stitt's parents, who reside in Encinitas, California are both high school teachers at Carlsbad High School, and she has two brothers, and a sister, Alicia who swam for the University of Iowa. Brother Joseph Stitts swam for University of California, Davis.

She married Brett Winfield.[6]

She has been a resident of Carlsbad, California[7] and Encinitas, California.[2]

See also


  1. Staciana Winfield named College of Charleston Asst. Coach. Published July 21, 2005 by; Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  2. Staciana's bio Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine from USA Swimming.
  3. Q and A with Staciana Stitts, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist. From
  4. NAAF Kids Connect: Don't Wear Fear Archived 2003-01-11 at the Wayback Machine. Published by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
  5. Staciana's bio from the 2006-07 USC Swimming & Diving Media Guide, p.41.
  6. Stitts golden at Pan-Am games Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. Published August 10, 1999 by The Daily California. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
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