- Founder: College Swim Recruiting 2009
- Head Coach: Hong Kong Island Stingrays 1997-2003
- Head Coach: Jakarta Aquadragons: 1990-1994
Diana has been deeply involved in competitive swimming for over 40 years as a swimmer, coach and swimming parent. Drawing on her vast aquatic experience in combination with 18 years spent living and working overseas Diana founded College Swim Recruiting after mentoring a number of International swimmers to successful applications to their dream swimming schools such as Harvard, Princeton and UC Berkeley.
As a teenager Diana was a Nationally ranked butterflyer, qualifying for Olympic Trials, multiple National Championships and the Collegiate National Championships representing UC Davis. She has also held Chilean and USA Masters National Records. After graduation from US Berkeley with a degree in developmental Psychology, Diana went on to study Architecture at MIT. Shortly there after Diana moved to Chile and started her family while continuing to work as an architect.
In 1989, Diana and her family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia for 5 years. While in Jakarta, Diana was the head coach of the Jakarta Aquadragons, an international swim team with over 150 swimmers ages 4-18. During this period Diana first began to mentor her swimmers through the admission process for American colleges.
Upon her families relocation to Hong Kong in 1994, Diana’s coaching reputation preceded her and she was asked to be the founding Head Coach of the Hong Kong Island Stingrays. In the 7 years that Diana served as the Stingrays the team became a regional force with over 150 swimmers, winning the regional club championships for International School Swim Teams. Under Diana’s vision the Stingrays became a model exhibiting the highest standards of training, competition and personal excellence in a developmental swim program. In addition to coaching swimming, Diana successfully guided a number of Stingray and national Hong Kong swimmers through the college recruiting process. At this time Diana also began to volunteer as an Academic Counselor for MIT conducting applicant interviews and gaining advanced insights and training in the college application cycle.
Currently Diana resides in Singapore with her husband Don Hanna. Her daughter Becky was a four year varsity swimmer at Wellesley College. Diana’s son Colin was a varsity swimmer at Princeton University where he was a Captain of the swim team, held several University records, was an Ivy Champion and an Academic All American. Colin participated in the 2008 USA Olympic Swimming Trials and is the Hong Kong National Record Holder. His club swimming team was the Terrapins where he trained with Ray Mitchell.
Diana’s dynamic experience as a serious competitive swimmer, coach, parent and graduate of top American Colleges brings a specialized perspective to the mentoring and guidance of high school athletes seeking university admission to schools which combine academic excellence with an outstanding athletics. Her 18 years spent overseas brings a particularly deep understanding to the admissions process for international student athletes.