WELCOME TO
CHARGER AQUATICS
SANTA FE

The mission of Charger Aquatics Santa Fe is to promote a life-long love of swimming in swimmers of all ages and abilities by providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for our athletes. This will be achieved through a comprehensive training program that addresses the physical, mental, nutritional, and technical dimensions of the sport to support team and individual goals.

BIG NEWS! We are excited to announce that Santa Fe Aquatics is merging with Charger Aquatics! This means that while retaining our 'small-town' feel here in Santa Fe, we will be able to offer our swimmers 'big-town' opportunities.

Meet the Board!

Charger Aquatics Santa Fe, formerly Santa Fe Aquatics (SFAC), is governed by a Board of Directors made up of volunteer swim parents, adult swim members, or interested community members. All team members have the opportunity to nominate themselves for, and vote on, board positions at our annual meeting which is usually held in September. In the event of un-timely vacancies, the President will appoint someone with the guidance and approval of the Board. 

You can read about board member terms and position descriptions in our bylaws.

The Board has regular meetings that are open to all of our members. The Board welcomes your input and participation in planning team events, swim meets, and fundraisers. Please contact a board member for more information or with any questions or comments at any time.

We are always on the lookout for parents that are interested in training to become Officials.

The 2020-2021 Board Members

 

President:Carol Tyroler

Originally from Chicago, I moved here in 2001 from Washington DC. I have worked in international economic development for close to 30 years, and specialize in gender equality and social inclusion in low and middle-income countries. I’ve traveled and worked in over 40 countries and schlepped my daughter to 18 of them! We’ve lived in Jordan and East Timor together and I lived in Mexico many moons ago. I have two Masters degrees from Duke University and speak Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, and also being an amateur potter, papermaker, and bookbinder.  But most importantly I am the proud mother of Ella who is a sophomore at Santa Fe High and swims in the CAQ's Blue group. I joined the board in September 2020 as the Communications Director and transitioned to the role of President in April 2022.

President-Elect: Lee Hunt

I have three awesome kids. One of them, Raylee has been an avid swimmer for several years and has recently been promoted from the Red to the Blue group. By trade, I am a personal injury attorney serving clients through New Mexico. I joined the Board in August 2020 as the Secretary. I will take on the role of Board President in Fall 2022. For fun, I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons and have competed in the Hawaii Ironman twice. I recently started swimming with the CAQ Masters group.

President Emeritus:Georgina Gibson 

 

Our family moved to Santa Fe from Alaska in 2016 and our son Elias transferred from his old swim team to SFAC at that time. Elias now a senior and swims with the Blue group. I joined the Board as Secretary in 2017 and then took over as President from Fall 2018 through Fall 2020. I am also a Stroke + Turn official and an Administrative Official with USA Swimming, and I enjoy helping our team host swim meets. I enjoy outdoor recreation and triathlon and took private adult swim lessons with Coach Lee for a while before joining the team's Masters group. By trade, I am an Oceanographer and I work remotely for the University of Alaska as well as doing some contract work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Although I have rotated out from the role of President I remain active on the Board and love helping CAQ continue to be a thriving and successful team.

Treasurer: Kim Spiers

 

Our family moved to New Mexico in 2010 from Georgia.  We own a local retail business, Tom Taylor Belts, Buckles and Bags located on the Santa Fe Plaza.  My husband Philip and I have two daughters, Christine who is a Junior at Western Colorado University and Samantha who is a Junior at Santa Fe High.  Both started swimming with the Santa Fe Aquatic Club in 2014.  Samantha continues to swim in the black group.  In 2016, I was asked if I would make deposits and write checks for the team.  As the team grew, this evolved into the Treasurer position.  In addition to Treasurer, I am also the volunteer coordinator, Meet Director for the meets that SFAC hosts, and I oversee all member accounts.  My interests include skiing, hiking, running, and biking. I have enjoyed participating in the growth of SFAC and being part of the SFAC family.  I look forward to continuing as a Board member and what is ahead for the team.

Treasurer: Kate Sallah

I grew up in NM, moved away for college(MN) and then moved to The Gambia, West Africa to teach science as a Peace Corps volunteer. Omar and I returned to Santa Fe in 2002.  I have been a science teacher at the Santa Fe Indian School since 2002 and received my Master's in science teaching in 2009 from New Mexico Tech. Ruby and Adam both started out with another SF swim club but joined SFAC in 2018. Omar and I knew nothing about swimming but we were happy to learn a new sport! We both were soccer (futbol) players as we grew up on different continents. Our family is active as we enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking and camping together. We have a dog and 2 guinea pigs and we recently added chickens to our family.  I joined the SFAC board in  April 2020 and I am currently serving as the accounts manager.

Secretary: Lee Hunt

I have three awesome kids. One of them, Raylee has been an avid swimmer for several years and has recently been promoted from the Red to the Black group. By trade, I am a personal injury attorney serving clients through New Mexico. I joined the Board in August 2020 and am currently serving as Secretary. For fun, I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons and have competed in the Hawaii Ironman twice. I recently started swimming with the SFAC Masters group.

Member at Large: Jennifer Hooten

 

 

Registrar: John Wiegle 

I moved to New Mexico in 2002 to begin my career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I married my wife in 2010, and we have been blessed with two beautiful daughters—Marie and Sarah. Both swim with CAQ's Junior Group. I am originally from the east coast. My formal training is in chemical engineering; I hold a B.S. from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. from Penn State University. My family is relatively new to the world of swimming and we are learning as we go. In my spare time, I enjoy participating in music, outdoor activities, and am an active member of Christ Church of Santa Fe. Most recently, I have discovered the many trout fishing opportunities in northern New Mexico. I joined the Board of in September 2020 as the assistamt Registrar and now serve as the team Registrar.

Communications Officer: Unfilled

 

We would love to fill this vacant position. The Communications Director helps get our monthly news letter out, manages the website and other tema communications.

 

Safe Sport Officer: Michael Gibson