HEAD COACH - LAURA PALMER
Laura attended Fairfax High School where she helped lead the Fairfax swim and dive team to three consecutive regional titles and their first state title. She swam on the 200-medley relay where they took first place and broke the state record. Following high school, Laura attended The University of Toledo where she swam all four years and was captain her senior year. She placed top 8 in the 200 butterfly in the Mid-American conference championship. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education. She later attended George Mason University and graduated with a master's degree in Education Leadership.
Laura swam for Chase Club from ages 3 to 18. She then coached Chase Club for 8 years, leading the sharks to two gold division championships. For the past 5 years, Laura has coached Centreville High School. She has led the Centreville girls swim and dive team to an overall 4th place finish at states in 2018 and has helped coached back to back state champions in the girls 200 freestyle relay.
Laura’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport always brings out the best in her swimmers!
ASSISTANT COACH - THOMAS SOH
Thomas Soh currently attends Centreville High School and swims on both a club and high school team. He has competed at states in individual events and relays as both a freshman and sophomore swimmer. His 200-medley relay came in sixth place and he finished second place in the 100 backstroke. He holds high school records in the 200-medley relay, 200-free relay, and 100 backstroke, and is an All-American in backstroke. Thomas was selected as MVP for Centreville High School swim and dive team in 2019. He was selected to attend the 2018 National Diversity Select Camp held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. During his time at the National Diversity Select Camp, he was able to work and learn with national level coaches and swimmers.
Thomas’ enthusiasm to share what he has learned about the sport over the years as well as his dedication to hard work will have a positive effect on the team. He hopes this season will be a great one for the swimmers and is excited to help coach and swim for the Chase Club Sharks!
ASSISTANT COACH - SALMA
Salma began competitive swimming when she was eight and has qualified for the PVS zone team in a variety of events. She is top 18 in the 200, 500, and 1000 freestyle in the Potomac Valley League. She’s a rising junior at Centreville High School and she has been to states both years that she’s been on the Centreville swim team. She’s attended swim camps with UVA, Naval Academy and John Hopkins where she learned from national level coaches and is thrilled to share her knowledge with others. Last year, Salma was an assistant coach for the Cyclone swim team which won multiple summer team titles including league champions. Not only was she an assistant coach, she also swam on the team.
Salma’s excited for this new adventure to be able to share her love for swim with others and for the opportunity to lead them to love the sport as much as she does. Salma’s assiduous work ethic has prepared her to help all Chase Club swimmers improve, drop time, and most importantly have the best summer yet!