The Early Days

The Piedmont Tsunamis swim team was started in the spring of 2002 by Teresa Hanson, Jennifer Fowler, Gigi Raine, and Jeannie Foster. Jeannie's input was invaluable due to her 25 years of experience as a U.S. Swim Coach. Jeannie helped organize the team and became its first coach. Megan Hollingsworth was the first assistant coach. The team was formed too late in the year to join the Prince William Swim League (PWSL), so we ordered team suits and ribbons and held two meets competing against our own team. The Tsunamis had 40 - 45 swimmers on the team during that first season, and also offered fall and winter programs.

Piedmont Joins the Prince William Swim League

The team became "official" in the summer of 2003, joining the Prince William Swim League. The Tsunamis took fourth place out of five teams at divisionals that year and several of our swimmers placed in the Cybermeet. The Tsunamis continued to grow in scope and ability, and began hosting home meets with the opening of the Simpson Pool. During Summer 2006, the team had 119 swimmers, with 70 swimmers enrolled in the Fall 2006 program and 93 swimmers in the Winter 2007 program.

Five Time Division Winners:  2008 - 2018

  • Summer 2008 - During a highly successful 2008 summer season under Coach Joey Bruno, the Piedmont Tsunamis won all but one meet and were Divisional champions (Orange Division) for the first time in the team's history.
  • Summer 2009 - Once again, Coach Joey led us through a winning 2009 season when the Piedmont Tsunamis went undefeated and took the Black Divisional championship. This marked the first time the Piedmont Tsunamis hosted divisionals.
  • Summer 2010 - The Tsunamis moved up to the PWSL Green Division for the 2010 summer season during which we continued to grow and were led by Coach EJ Tremols (former Tsunamis' Assistant Coach). Under Coach EJ and Assistant Coach Nick Tremols, the Piedmont Tsunamis capped the 2010 season by hosting divisionals and winning the Green Division.
  • Summer 2011 - The team grew to 300 swimmers in the summer of 2011. The Tsunamis added a developmental team (now called The White Caps) and expanded the coaching staff. Led by Coach Anthony Pedersen and Associate Coach Nick Tremols, Piedmont were winners of the White Division.
  • Summer 2012 - The Tsunamis were moved up to the Blue Division where they competed with Sudley and Braemar teams, both in dual meets and in Divisionals. Coach Marc Rios and Associate Coach EJ Tremols led the team through some very close and highly competitive meets. The number of  White Caps increased to 50 new swimmers!
  • Summer 2013 - Coach Jay Thorpe joined the Piedmont Tsunamis. The team had another successful summer season, winning five of six dual meets. The Tsunamis finished the season by hosting the Red Division championship meet, where they captured the title for 2013.
  • Summer 2014 - The Tsunamis returned to the Blue Division in Summer 2014. Piedmont posted a winning record and hosted the Blue Divisional championship meet. Three PWSL records were broken by Tsunamis during this summer. (15-18 Female - 50 Back, 50 Fly, 100 IM)
  • Summer 2015 - As the number of team members grew to record numbers, team development continued to soar. Over the course of the season, 21 team records were set, several of those records being repeatedly broken over the course of the summer. 
  • Summer 2016 - The Tsunamis remained in the Blue Division and continued to remain competitive with the top two teams in the league (Sudley and Braemar).
  • Summer 2017 - The Piedmont Tsunamis came in second in the Blue Division behind the Sudley Seahorses. We beat past Blue Division champions the Braemar Blaster for the first time in both regular season and at divisionals. 
  • Summer 2018 - The Piedmont Tsunamis win the Blue Division making us the Prince William Swim League Champions. Impressively, our team went undefeated and became only the second PWSL team to defeat the Sudley Seahorses (both regular season and at divisionals) since 1990. 

Led by Head Program Coach Jay Thorpe, the Tsunamis are looking forward to summer 2019 as it promises to be filled with fun, excitement, and great competition.

Our Thanks to the HOA

The Piedmont Homeowners Association (HOA) has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Piedmont Tsunamis swim team by providing financial support and overseeing the upkeep of on-site pools. We appreciate the continued support of the Piedmont HOA in the development of our team.

Tsunami Senior Scholarship - 2019