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Welcome to Summer 2018!


The Little Falls Penguins Swim Team is an MCSL (Montgomery County Swim League) team currently in Division F 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: Amy Houser and Meredith Hammond


Head Coach: Mary Bergstrom

Assistant Head Coach: Ian Shepel

"I am a freshman on the Lewis & Clark College swim team. Right now I am interested in majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. I swam for the Penguins for 8 years and coached as a pre-team coach during the 2016 season, and was a junior coach during the 2017 season"

Junior Coaches: Rachel Danegger, John Marder & Cory Powell

Rachel Danegger  "Hi I'm Rachel and I just finished my senior year at B-CC High School. Next year I will be attending Tulane University in New Orleans where I plan to study environmental science! This summer will be my 12th year as a penguin and I'm so excited to finally be a coach as well! As most of the team already knows, I'm a big fan of purple and white body paint as well as beat drop practices, and I'm looking forward to another summer filled with both! Watch out Division F and #gopenguins"

John Marder  "I am 17 years old and currently a junior at Bethesda - Chevy Chase High School. I first joined the penguins when I was seven years old. In addition to swimming for Little Falls, I also participate in year-round swimming on a club team and on my high school team. I am looking forward to a season full of fun and fast swimming. Go Penguins!"

Cory Powell  "I'm a rising senior at B-CC high school and have been a part of Little Falls for about 10 years. I love the community at Little Falls and can't wait to coach again this summer!"

PreTeam Coaches: JD Gorman, Lindsay Kramer, John Matal, Grant McNavage, Liam McNeely, Anne Slabaugh, and Kate Vidano

JD Gorman "I have been a penguin since I was a 2nd grader at Westbrook elementary. After this summer I will be heading into my sophomore year at BCC High School where I participate in Student Government as class president, Debate team, as well as swimming and diving for the school and playing on their JV baseball team. I am also a musician playing upright bass in the Jazz band."

Lindsay Kramer  "I am a rising sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School where I play soccer and lacrosse.  I have been on the Little Falls swim and dive team for eight consecutive years and I can't wait for another fun summer where I can finally coach the Penguins!"

John Matal  "I am a rising 10th grader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where I am on the swim and lacrosse teams. I also swim with Sea Devils over the winter. I have been swimming with Little Falls since I was 7 years old. I am looking forward to helping kids learn to swim this summer."

Liam McNeely  "I’m a 10th grader at B-CC high school. I love swimming and diving, and I’ve been a swimmer for Little Falls since I was 7 years old. Every summer I love hanging out at the pool with my friends."

Anne Slabaugh  "I am a rising sophomore at Holy Child and in addition to swimming on their swim team I also play travel soccer, club lacrosse & ice hockey.  I have been swimming & diving at Little Falls since I was 7 years old and am very excited to finally be old enough to coach our youngest penguins."

Kate Vidano "I am a rising sophomore at Georgetown Day School where I am in student government. I also volunteer at the KID Museum. I have been swimming competitively on the Sea Devils swim club for 5 years and I have been on the little falls swim team for three years."


Dive Team reps:  Maren Matal and Amy Cropp

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