February 21, 2018
We have two new coaches on the team now, Coach Chris who is working with the Juniors and Seniors, and Coach Amy who is working with younger swimmers.
Chris grew up on Long Island and started swimming for a USA Swim team, the Long Beach Tiger Sharks, when he was in eight grade. He continued swimming for both the Tiger Sharks and the Chaminade High School swim team for all four years of high school. He then swam and rowed at Johns Hopkins University. The 100/200 Breaststroke and the 200 IM were Chris’s favorite events. Chris is currently the Director of Student Life and Outdoor Education at Alexandria Country Day School where among many other things, teaches 7th and 8th grade science. He coaches cross country and the school’s swim team. He has three children - Samantha, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary, Tennyson, a sophomore at The Field School, and Gabriela, an 8th grader at Alexandria Country Day School. When he is not working at ACDS or coaching, he enjoys helping Tennyson pursue his serious interests in baseball and Gabriela’s in Irish Dance. Chris always encourages his students and athletes to always give 100% at whatever they are doing. Failure is an option when that failure helps you learn. Reaching the top is hard work and requires effort and perseverance physically, nutritionally, and mentally. Good habits early, help pave the way for future successes.
Amy grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and began swimming at the age of 6. As an age group swimmer, Amy broke a national age group record at the age of 12. She also broke and still holds several club and high school records. Following high school, Amy continued swimming 4 years on a scholarship at the University of Indianapolis, where she specialized in distance free and IM events. Amy was an NCAA national qualifier and helped lead her team to become the conference champions. Amy has previously taught swim lessons at Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA and has coached at Wyoming Swim Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also coached at Winchester Swim Team in Winchester, VA. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and 2 children, Chloe and Jay, and works as an Occupational Therapist.
Next time you see them make sure to introduce yourself (as you all probably have already, I'm not at the Y like I used to be!).