Marcie Fuller Kjoller Memorial Celebration set for Sunday at East Beach

Former UCSB All-American Swimmer-turned-teacher

Marcie Kjoller dies during an ocean swim

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UCSB All-American swimmer Marcie Fuller Kjoller died during an ocean swim at Santa Barbara's East Beach on Sunday.

Officials do not know the cause of death at this time.

The 50-year old Santa Barbara resident is considered one of UCSB's top freestyle swimmers of all-time.

She was a three-time NCAA All-American and helped UCSB win four straight Big West Conference women's swimming titles. She was inducted into the Gaucho Hall of Fame in 2016.

Kjoller taught first and second grade at Santa Barbara Charter School and along with all of her students, she leaves behind two beautiful daughters, Allana and Liesl.

A Memorial Celebration will be held Sunday, April 7 at 1:40 p.m. at East Beach. Those attending are encouraged to bring a towel to sit on, boards and boats/kayaks, etc. to paddle out.

Organizers say the celebration will continue at Marcie's "happiest place on Earth" -- The Red Piano at 519 State Street -- immediately following the paddle out.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to consider making a donation in her name to any of the following: UCSB Swimming Marcie Kjoller Most Inspirational Scholarship, The Red Piano Marcie Musical Scholarship, Heal the Ocean, Alpha Resource Center.

Friends have expressed their tremendous loss by writing, "Marcie was loved widely and lived generously. Let this boundless, energetic, LOUD spirit live on!

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