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Welcome to Summer 2019!


The Little Falls Penguins Swim Team is an MCSL (Montgomery County Swim League) team currently in Division G open only to members of the Little Falls Swim Club. It is a swim team run entirely by the coaches and parent volunteers. See below for more info about our amazing coaching staff.

Swim Team A meet reps: Claire Slabaugh and Maureen Kramer

Swim Team B meet reps: Taryn Rosencranz and Emily Simone


Head Coach: Mary Bergstrom

"Hi, I am so happy to be back for my 3rd season at Little Falls! After last summer, I continued coaching throughout the year as Head Coach for the NCAP’s Bronze II group at American University. I was also the Head Coach for the Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Swim team at School Without Walls High School, with both teams coming in 1st place at DCIAA Championships. Additionally, I swam competitively for twelve years, including for a summer swim team outside Philadelphia where I grew up, with many traditions very similar to those we have at Little Falls. I currently live in Bethesda with my husband Jimmy and dog Randolph – who are also Little Falls super-fans! 


Head Coach (June 15 to July 27):  Sarah Halperin

Sarah grew up in Bethesda and dove competitively through high school at Walt Whitman, and has a great deal of experience in dive coaching. Sarah is a graduate of Emory University (BA 2008) and the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work (MS 2014). She coached summer league at Old Georgetown Club for 12 summers, as well as a year of coaching the developmental program at Montgomery Aquatic Center. She loves working with children, as she spends the school year working at a before and after school program at an elementary school in DC. She is really excited to meet the divers at Little Falls and help them have a wonderful summer on the dive team!

Interim Head Coach (May 29-June 14): Ryan Blom 

Ryan is a junior at Georgetown University where he is not only a student but also competes on the dive team. Ryan was our prior head dive coach at Little Falls, and we appreciate him filling in at the beginning of the2018 season while Sarah completes her school-year job duties.

Junior Coaches: James Marder and Grace Schwenker

James Marder is a 9th grader at BCC High School, where he is on the BCC Varsity Swim and Dive Team. He also has been on both the swim and dive teams at Little Falls since he was 5 years old. James is excited to coach new kids to hopefully beat some of his records.

Grace Schwenker is a 9th grader at Connelly School of the Holy Child. She is a member of their varsity dive team and has been a penguin diver for 7 years. Grace is so excited to coach our penguin divers!

Dive Team reps:  Maren Matal and Amy Cropp

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