Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving
Message from the Swimming Coach
The philosophy of Girls Swimming at Kent is simple: improve your times through a commitment and dedication to consistently working at a championship level both in and out of the pool. As coaches, we focus on improving our swimmers’ strength, endurance, and technique through a regimented training program which involves dry-land and weight training workouts combined with time in the pool. In addition, we strive to teach our swimmers to be confident student-athletes who support and challenge themselves in all areas of life at Kent.
Though swimming is, in many ways, an individual sport, at Kent we also emphasize the importance of the team in a swimmer’s success.
Through the leadership of the team’s captains, the girls on the team support, encourage, and cheer for each other as they progress through the season. Captains organize team breakfasts on meet days, coordinate volunteer efforts such as the learn-to-swim program for faculty children, and pair up new team members with returners at the beginning of the season to help them get a good start. Overall, I am the most impressed by the camaraderie and team spirit exhibited by the swimmers during the season and throughout the school year.
I became head coach of Girls Varsity Swimming in 2007 after two years as an assistant coach. Outside of the swimming program, I am a Chemistry teacher and live off campus with my family. Assistant Coach Caroline Trottier teaches English and lives in a dorm on campus.
Message from the Diving Coach
Charlie Chaplin said, “a day without laughter is a day wasted.” I can honestly say, the Kent School Diving team has yet to waste a day.
The diving program at Kent School brings a team approach to an individual sport. Diving is a very unique sport that requires an incredible amount of focus, precision, and intestinal fortitude. Here at Kent School we aim to develop athletes who embody these traits, not just as individuals, but the entire team as well. The Kent diving team is a place where students become athletes and challenge themselves to improve each and every day, but continue to love what they do.
Over the course of the season, we work together both on land and in the pool. We utilize dry land training to build, as well as flexibility, and bodily awareness. Each day, we practice on the board, while applying TiVo technology, to help each athlete understand how it feels is not always how it looks. We have a very tight knit group of divers who truly love, not just each other, but the sport in general.
In recent years, we have achieved recognition for our excellence at conference championships and at the New England championships—last season we had an outstanding season on the boy’s side. We placed 2nd, 5th, and 8th at Founder’s League Championship. At New England’s the boys won both silver and gold. As a team, we strive for excellence both in the pool and in the community, working to develop both fine athletes and fine citizens for the future.