Congrats on a great 2022 season!   See you next Summer!

Records and Top 20 times updated 8-1-22

 

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2022 Heatherfield Swim Team Coaches 
         
 

Head Coach:        Justin Spitzer                            

    2021 marks Justin's 35th year with Heatherfield!   This is his 23rd season as head coach and he is 
also one of the original members of the team (founded in 1985 when Justin was 6).  He swam 
competitively with Heatherfield in the summer and various winter programs (including 4 seasons 
at Central Dauphin High School) from age 6 through 18.  His favorite and best stroke has always 
been breaststroke - while at C.D., Justin had the privilege of swimming with future Olympic 
breaststroke gold/silver medalist Jeremy Linn.

        Under Justin's leadership, Heatherfield has grown from 45 swimmers in 1996 (his last year as a 
swimmer) to 154 swimmers in 2019.  The team has advanced from "C" Division to "A" Division, winning 
C Division in 1998 and B Division in 2004.  The overall dual meet record in those years is 75 wins and
29 losses, with numerous invitational meet titles as well as a 1st place team finish at Mid-Caps
in 2010 and 2nd place from 2015 - 2019 (out of approx. 40 teams).  His goal as head coach is to 
ensure that every swimmer has a positive experience at Heatherfield, regardless of age or ability.  
Heatherfield balances hard work and fun, incorporating technique, endurance, and speed work, dry-land 
workouts, and fun team-building activities both in and out of the water.
           
        A Harrisburg native, Justin is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a B.A. in History 
and also holds a Masters degree in American History from the University of Connecticut .   
Outside of swimming, Justin's hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and following his favorite 
sports teams - The University of Michigan football team in particular.   He has hiked extensively 
throughout the U.S. , including a 2,150+ mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to  
Maine in 2001 and a 275 mile thru-hike of Vermont 's Long Trail in 2006.   He has also climbed all 34
11,000 Ft. peaks in Utah's Wasatch Range and all 21 of the 13,000 Ft. peaks in the Uinta Range.

        Justin moved to Utah in August 2007 and teaches at a small private boarding high school from
August - May.  He loves the mountains, canyons, and arches of Utah and spends much 
of his free time exploring Utah's peaks and National Parks.   Even though he may be two time 
zones away, he's not letting that stop him from returning to Heatherfield to coach his favorite 
swim team again this summer!  He considers the Heatherfield Swim Team to be part of his 
family and is looking forward to another great summer with them!

 

 Assistant Coaches  
 

 

Assistant Coach: Jonathan Mata

Jonathan was one of the most successful members of Heatherfield as a swimmer from 2007 - 2016.
He broke multiple team records, was an annual qualifier for Mid-Caps, and achieved multiple top 3
finishes at both all-stars and Mid-Caps. Fun fact: he never missed a dual meet!

At the AA State meet in 2016, he finished 10th in Backstroke (53.56) and led off a 5th place
medley relay (24.99 in 50 yard Back). 

Jonathan recently graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University where he studied
business and was also a member of the Division 1 swim team where he has qualified for the national
conference championship meet every year.  He has had the opportunity to coach and teach
swimmers at all levels as well as find time to lifeguard.  2021 is Jonathan's 7th year coaching at
Heatherfield, and he's 
excited to be back for another great summer!

 

 

Assistant Coach: Pam Nee
Pam was a standout swimmer at Shippensburg University, where she earned All-American honors, was a part of 4
school record relays, and helped Ship finish 8th at NCAAs in 1993.   She showed great dedication and perseverance,
missing part of her sophomore year due to service in the 1st Gulf War, yet returning to excel at NCAAs as a Junior.
Her remarkable story was featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine in 1992 (for more info and to see that
story, click here and scroll to page 4: Pam Nee    In 2009 Pam was inducted into the Shippensburg University
Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pam retired last year from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (193rd SOW) after serving over 25 years. She is now 
pursuing a Masters degree in School Counseling and graduating in May along with an LPC. She has recently applied 
for a therapy dog through Susquehanna Service Dogs to work as a team, because they provide affection and comfort 
to children or veterans that she may counsel.  Pam also teaches swim lessons at the Friendship Center and coaches at 
LPAC in the winter.  She is looking forward to her second summer coaching at Heatherfield!
 

 

Other Assistant Coaches
* Eric Sweeney

* Patrick Hemingway

* Jonah Hancock

* Emma Duffy

* Jodi Lasher

* Brooke Fahringer

* Lucas, Zach, and Isaac Hancock

* Tatum Smith