The Piedmont Tsunamis swim team was started in the spring of 2002
by Teresa Hanson, Jennifer Fowler, Gigi Raine, and Jeannie Foster.
Jeannie's input was invaluable due to her 25 years of experience as
a U.S. Swim Coach. Jeannie helped organize the team and became its
first coach. Megan Hollingsworth was the first assistant coach. The
team was formed too late in the year to join the Prince William
Swim League (PWSL), so we ordered team suits and ribbons and held
two meets competing against our own team. The Tsunamis had 40 - 45
swimmers on the team during that first season, and also offered
fall and winter programs.
Piedmont Joins the Prince William Swim
The team became
"official" in the summer of 2003, joining the Prince William Swim
League. The Tsunamis took fourth place out of five teams at
divisionals that year and several of our swimmers placed in the
Cybermeet. The Tsunamis continued to grow in scope and ability, and
began hosting home meets with the opening of the Simpson Pool.
During Summer 2006, the team had 119 swimmers, with 70 swimmers
enrolled in the Fall 2006 program and 93 swimmers in the Winter
Five Time Division Winners: 2008 -
2008 - During a highly successful 2008 summer season under
Coach Joey Bruno, the Piedmont Tsunamis won all but one meet and
were Divisional champions (Orange Division) for the first time in
the team's history.
2009 - Once again, Coach Joey led us through a
winning 2009 season when the Piedmont Tsunamis went undefeated and
took the Black Divisional championship. This marked the first time
the Piedmont Tsunamis hosted divisionals.
2010 - The Tsunamis moved up to the PWSL Green Division
for the 2010 summer season during which we continued to grow and
were led by Coach EJ Tremols (former Tsunamis' Assistant Coach).
Under Coach EJ and Assistant Coach Nick Tremols, the Piedmont
Tsunamis capped the 2010 season by hosting divisionals and winning
the Green Division.
2011 - The team grew to 300 swimmers in the summer of
2011. The Tsunamis added a developmental team (now called The White
Caps) and expanded the coaching staff. Led by Coach Anthony
Pedersen and Associate Coach Nick Tremols, Piedmont were winners of
the White Division.
- Summer 2012 -
The Tsunamis were moved up to the Blue Division where they competed
with Sudley and Braemar teams, both in dual meets and in
Divisionals. Coach Marc Rios and Associate Coach EJ Tremols led the
team through some very close and highly competitive meets. The
number of White Caps increased to 50 new swimmers!
- Summer 2013 -
Coach Jay Thorpe joined the Piedmont Tsunamis. The team had
another successful summer season, winning five of six dual meets.
The Tsunamis finished the season by hosting the Red Division
championship meet, where they captured the title for 2013.
2014 - The Tsunamis returned to the Blue Division in
Summer 2014. Piedmont posted a winning record and hosted the Blue
Divisional championship meet. Three PWSL records were broken by
Tsunamis during this summer. (15-18 Female - 50 Back, 50 Fly, 100
2015 - This was the team's biggest summer yet.
As the number of team members grew to record numbers,
team development continued to soar. Over the course of the
season, 21 team records were set, several of those records
being repeatedly broken over the course of the summer.
remain in the Blue Division for
Summer 2016. Piedmont will host Divisionals at Piedmont on
Saturday, July 30th. The team will be led by Head Program Coach Jay
Thorpe. Summer 2016 promises to be filled with fun, excitement, and
Our Thanks to the HOA
Homeowners Association (HOA) has been instrumental in the growth
and success of the Piedmont Tsunamis swim team by providing
financial support and overseeing the upkeep of on-site pools. We
appreciate the continued support of the Piedmont HOA in the
development of our team.