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Mission Statement

The mission of the Wahoos swim team is to encourage participation, fitness, health and the lifelong pursuit of excellence through competitive swimming.

Our team goal is to produce athletes that will help to make the Wahoos a competitive team in the Colonial Swim League through skill development, values and work ethics which are consistent with a high performing swimmer and a well-rounded person. We strive to develop self-confident, goal-oriented team members, who will become productive adults with a lifelong love for the sport of swimming.

While "winning" can be important, learning to improve and striving to succeed are of greater importance as part of a positive competitive experience. We encourage everyone to be a part of a supportive team atmosphere where goals are set toward self-improvement and where helping our teammates become part of the nature of being a Wahoo.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Dennis Burstein

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 Coach B is on the coaching staff for the Nations Capital Swim Club and has coached the Wahoos and T.C. Williams swim teams. He started coaching in 1973 as an assistant collegiate coach at SUC-Cortland in upstate NY. He has coached in Florida (started an age-group school team that beat the famous Pinecrest school in a dual meet), Texas (USS, country club, and collegiate), Mexico City, and the Philippines and during the past 20 years in Virginia (HS, CCSDA, NVSL, and CSL). Coach B resides in Alexandria with his wife and children. 

Angeline Palmer

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Coach Angeline started swimming as an 8 & under for Hollin Meadows Swim and Tennis Club. She was a Potomac Marlins swimmer and swam for her high school team. She has previous coaching experience with summer leagues as well as year round clubs. Swimming has always been a passion of hers and she enjoys working with youth through sports and building a team environment. She currently coaches for the Wakefield High School Warriors where she is a teacher and for the Potomac Marlins. She is looking forward to joining the Wahoos family.

Heather Sutherland

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Always drawn to the water, Heather began swimming when she was 5 years old.  Most of her swimming years were spent competing in distance freestyle and the individual medley.  A 2007 graduate from James Madison University, Heather swam for the JMU club swim team.  She has over 7 years of coaching and swim lesson experience, mostly with her home team in Palmyra, PA.  Heather believes swimming is a lifelong sport and summer swim league is an opportunity for swimmers to compete and learn swimming techniques in an environment that is both fun and supportive.  This is a great opportunity for team members to make new friends, build self-confidence, and learn team spirit.

Jake McGrail

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Jake has been coaching almost 20 years including USS swim team, summer league, and Masters. He stresses technique and wants everyone to remember no matter how difficult the practice, remember to smile! Jake is a former Wahoo and T.C. High swimmer (former team record holder). Coach B still remembers Jake as a very intense swimmer during Wahoos and T.C. meets who always gave his very best in every race. 

Kirsten Fehrenkamp

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Throughout her life, Kirsten has swum and coached at a variety of levels.  Early on, she swam at a lake and because her mom couldn't swim, she had swim lessons at the local Y. She was hooked!  She has competed in age group, high school, Division I ollegiate, masters, and open water/crossing swims. Kirsten has coached age-group, masters swimmers, triathletes, and Ironman qualifiers. She also has two boys on the team, Ronan and Bodie Lauinger. The best part of coaching for Kirsten is seeing the swimmers improve, correcting stroke/start/turn flaws, and making the sport fun for all!

Lutfi LaSida

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Lutfi LaSida grew up locally in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been swimming with the Wahoos since he was 9 and swims competitively with the Arlington Aquatic Club. He currently attends T.C. Williams High School as a rising junior, where he is a member of Swim and Dive Team, qualifying for Regionals as a freshman and sophomore. He also won the 2016-2017 Men's MVP.  Lutfi coached last summer working with a variety of swimmers ages 8 to 15 and has coached swimmers year-round during the Wahoos Winter Clinics.

Molly McSweeney

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Molly was introduced to swimming through a summer league team at the age of 3, where she raced the 12.5
yard freestyle and fell in love with the sport. She swam yea- round from age 5 through college at the University
of Richmond where she swam distance freestyle events at the Division I level. As a high school student, she
lifeguarded, taught swim lessons, and also coached /competed for her high school's swim team, helping those
new to the sport to advance their technique. In college, Molly volunteered with her team to teach swim lessons
to children from the inner-city of Richmond involved in the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond. In the 2016-
2017 season, she served as a volunteer assistant swim coach for the Georgetown University swim team. Molly
is excited to join the Wahoos coaching staff to reconnect with the same type of program that first started her
passion for the sport.

Nick Ambrose

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Nick Ambrose is a returning coach for the summer of 2017. Nick has been a Wahoo’s coach for the past 4 years and a swimmer>