PENNRIDGE AQUATIC CLUB SWIMMING & DIVING

Come Swim and Dive with the Gators!

Pennridge Aquatic Club (PAC) provides competitive swimming and diving competition to the Pennridge community. Swimming and Diving are life lesson sports that enables all ages and abilities to compete. The Summer PAC Team participates in the BuxMont Swim league and practices and competes at Menlo Aquatic Center in Perkasie. The Winter PAC Team participates in the Suburban Aquatic League and practices and competes at the Pennridge High School pool in Perkasie. Our successful program has turned out numerous swimmers and divers that have achieved amazing accomplishments.

Swim and Dive Coaches

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Jenna Anselmo Winter Assistant Coach Summer Head Coach

Coach Jenna is excited to return for her 13th season with the Gators! This year she will be having fun as an assistant coach but you can still count on her to be the loudest coach on deck!

Coach Jenna has been a Gator all her life. She started swimming for the summer PAC team in 1994 and fell in love with the sport. She would spend the rest of her career swimming for Pennridge in the summer and Souderton in the winter. She also was a four year varsity swimmer for the Pennridge High School. She excelled in breaststroke, backstroke, and the IM. 

In 2018, Jenna returned to her alma mater to be the head coach of the men’s swim team. And in 2019 began a new adventure by becoming the assistant coach for the women’s water polo team. While coaching the high school teams is a lot of fun and allows her to do the thing she loves most as a career, her heart belongs to the Gator Gang. 

When Jenna has a free moment away from the chlorine she loves spending time with her husband John and their pit-bull Apollo, reading, cooking and planning her next trip to Walt Disney World. 

There’s a quote that sums up Jenna’s coaching style: “The strongest people are not always the ones who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose”. It’s one of the core values that she strives to instill in all of her athletes along with finding the joy in everything you do! 

Sean Kelly Winter Head Coach

Coach Kelly is excited to begin his first year with the Pennridge Gators. His life has been centered on the sport of swimming that includes 12 years as a swimmer and 30 years of coaching. His coaching timeline includes Somerton Spring Swim Club, Lower Moreland Aquatic Club, Central Bucks Aquatic Club, and the past 25 summers with the PSC High Point Stingrays. Currently, he is ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Level II.

Sean and his wife, Kate, live in Perkasie, PA.  He is the proud father of Kevin, Caroline, Brendan, and Olivia. He is currently employed by the Central Bucks School District as a sixth-grade teacher at Simon Butler Elementary where he has taught for 24 years. When away from the pool, Coach Kelly enjoys spending time with his family, barbecuing food, and exercising early in the mornings.

His main purpose for coaching is to provide the knowledge and excitement that his coaches gave to him and to share in his love for the sport.  Coach Kelly emphasizes stroke technique and mechanics (understanding) integrated within the training.  He views every practice as a valuable piece of a puzzle with the finished result showing a knowledgeable and spirited swimmer who learns to be a team contributor. He hopes to instill confidence in children to set goals and believe they can “Make a Difference and Be a Difference” for both themselves and their team.

 

Ariel Claus Winter Assistant Coach

Coach Ariel Claus starting coaching with PAC in 2019. She has loved being an assistant coach each year! 

Coach Ariel has always been a swimmer and a coach. She coached for Rocky Run YMCA for 5 years and swam for college and then continued to teach lessons after college. She loves freestyle and butterfly! 

When Coach Ariel is not on deck - she is usually training for a marathon, half marathon, or an ironman! She also enjoys working for Sky Zone and spending time doing anything outdoorsy and active! 

One of Coach Ariel's favorite quotes is: life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Raegan Vesey Winter Assistant Coach

Raegan is currently a junior at Pennridge High School. She is a part of both the swim and water polo team at Pennridge. This will be her 11th year swimming for PAC. She helped coach PAC last summer. She is excited to be back with all of the swimmers and helping them love swimming as much as she does. 

Lori Zimmerman Summer & Winter Head Diving Coach

Coach Lori grew up as a PAC gator way back when...  She dove with PAC over the summer, Souderton Aquatic club over the winter and competed in US Diving meets as an independent athlete.  Pennridge HS started their first swimming and diving team just before she graduated high school.  "The team was so small that the divers sometimes had to participate in the relay races so that we could have two relay teams!  It wasn't pretty, but we got it done and had fun at the same time!"

Favorite Dive: Hmm, it now seems a life time ago...probably the back somersault layout, the front somersault full twist, and the reverse dive layout.  They were definitely not the most challenging dives on my list, but they were so fun and felt effortless!

Lori took a break from coaching as she pursued her career first as an athletic trainer for colleges in PA, ME and FL, and then eventually as a school psychologist.  In 2017, she returned to coaching as the head diving coach for the PAC summer program and then stayed on as the head diving coach for the winter program as well.  "It is so much fun being a part of the PAC program again!  I grew up with this club, and the sport of diving was a very important part of my life.  Now I have the amazing opportunity to give back to the sport and to the community.  Over these past few years with PAC, I have met some outstanding young athletes and families.  PAC truly is a family that works to help support, encourage and develop young people to be the best version of themselves.  I am very thankful to be able to be a part of PAC once again!"

Brett Musselman Assistant Swim Coach
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