VanDerveer, who owns a home at Chautauqua Institution and has vacationed every summer there since she was 8, was born in Boston on June 26, 1953.
While at Chautauqua, she participated in competitive sailing at the Chautauqua Yacht Club and was a waterfront counselor at the Chautauqua Boys and Girls Club and holds the club's record for the longest softball throw that was made in the 1960s.
She also achieved the difficult advanced swimming degree in Group 8 at Chautauqua.
VanDerveer has won two NCAA titles at Stanford where she is in her 24th season. She captured the crowns with a 32-1 record in 1989-1990 and in 1991-1992 with a 30-3 record.