What sports do you coach at Dana?
How many years have you coached at Dana?
Swimming: 6 years; Assistant JV Volleyball: 1 year
What are your team accomplishments at Dana?
Swimming: EIL Champions in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. Eleven athletes scored points for the team at the 2019 New England Championships for Swimming and Diving (we finished 5th overall). Dana Hall swimmers hold seven of the 11 Division II records for New England Championships in swimming. The Robertson Award is given out to the top female swimmer at New Englands (as voted on by coaches); Dana Hall swimmers won in 2017 (M. Wallis), 2016 (M. Wallis), 2015 (A. Benkert), 2014 (A. Benkert), and 2013 (A. Benkert) - I could only find data going back to 2012. Our team is made up of swimmers from 5th to 12th grade. Fun fact - our JV team swam 80,000 yards and our varsity team swam 124,000 yards last season in practice!
What else do you do at Dana (teach, job,etc.)?
Math Department Chair. I teach in the Upper School (Geometry and AP Statistics)
What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
I love traveling to new places, getting lost in a good book, and cooking.
What sports did you play in college?
What are your certifications (sport, fitness, etc.)?
Lifeguard and CPR certification.
Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I coach because I love swimming, and I want others to develop the same life-long love of the sport. What I love about coaching at Dana is that I get to see Dana swimmers support each other on and off the pool deck. I love watching girls cheer each other on at the end of a lane in a race, or encourage each other in practice during a hard set. The team plans fun dress-up days and team dinners before big competitions, and it's fun to watch the bonds that are formed on the team.