Coaches:

Head Coach: John Gastright                                                                                

                                     

Assistant Coach:  Amy Gastright

                                     

 

 

 

John Gastright email

John Gastright began his swimming journey at age six. What started out as a fun summer activity quickly turned into more, as John joined multiple year-round club programs before eventually becoming a four-year varsity swimmer for the Gonzaga Purple Eagles swim dynasty. After high school John joined the Dickinson College Red Devils swim team where he qualified for the Centennial Conference Championship meet his freshman year. While John would end the competitive swimming chapter of his life after his freshman season to focus more on academics, his love of swimming continues as he is a founding member of the Dickinson College club swim team.

John swam in the Prince Mont Swim League until aging out following the 2019 season. Over the course of that time he would qualify for Prince Mont Swim League All-Stars nine times, and place as high as second place on multiple occasions. As a club swimmer he qualified for Potomac Valley Swimming championship meets in seven consecutive seasons. As a high school swimmer, he helped Gonzaga continue their historic streak of 10 consecutive Washington Metropolitan Private School Swim and Dive League Championships and earn an elusive “Triple Crown” championship of WMPSSDLs, National Catholics, and Metros championships in the 2017 season.

John believes swimming should be fun, which is why out of all his swimming experiences, he still says summer swimming is his favorite. He is passionate about the Blue Wave, the team for which he swam for six seasons. John completed his high school service project volunteering for the Blue Wave and wrote his accompanying paper “Everyone Deserves to Swim” about what it means to be a Blue Wave and the importance of swimming.

Amy Gastright email

A 2021 graduate with cum laude honors from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Amy Gastright will both coach and swim in her final summer of eligibility. She started her swim career at just four years old, and has competed at high levels on multiple national level club teams since then. A former lane mate of US Olympic Team Member Torri Huske, Amy’s specialty events include butterfly, breaststroke, and the individual medley. Amy has competed in and placed highly in several large championship meets, such as the Junior Olympic Championships, IMX Championships, Junior Championships, and the Winter Classic Championship with her club teams, Divisionals and All Stars with her summer team the Brandywine Blue Wave, and the ISL Conference Championships and VISAA State Championships as a four year varsity athlete on her high school swim team. Amy placed eighth in the state of Virginia in the 2020 VISAA State Championship and was the overall top swimmer at the 2019 Mako Holiday Invitational Championship Meet. Next fall, Amy will be attending Gettysburg College as a Lincoln Scholar and student athlete on the softball team.