Varsity Girls Water Polo
I love water polo because it requires so much from one student-athlete. You have to know how to swim, think ahead, wrestle and hold the ball with only one hand, and you can’t touch the bottom of the pool! So much of it is strategy and so many people know nothing about the sport and I love sharing my passion for it.
- Allison Rader, Head Coach
Allison RaderHead Coach
Allison Rader took over as GA's head girls' water polo coach in the 2008 season. During her time at GA, Rader has guided several alumni to play at the collegiate level. Most notable of her former athletes include Laura Karbach '08 at Division I Wagner College, Margot Wummer '10 at Washington and Jefferson College, Grace McDevitt '10 at Dartmouth College, Alexandra Wein '12 at University of California, Berkeley, Brianna Harrity '13 at Connecticut College, and Alex Takei '13 at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a player, Rader starred at Division I Marist College and North Penn High School. During her freshman year at Marist, Rader was selected First team All-MAAC and received MAAC Rookie of the Week honors. Impressively, Rader finished her rookie season with 42 goals (second on team), 20 assists (first on team), and 15 steals. In her sophomore year, Rader and the Red Foxes finished first in the MAAC and landed a spot in the NCAA championship tournament in Davis, California. She was selected to the MAAC All-Academic team as a sophomore. Her career was cut short in her senior year due to a shoulder injury.At North Penn, Rader, a 2004 graduate, was a co-captain of both the swimming and water polo teams in 2003-2004. She received the Most Improved Female Athlete Award over her entire high school career for North Penn.
Upon graduation from Marist College in 2008, Rader accepted a job at Germantown Academy to be the head coach the women’s water polo team and teach Mathematics in the Upper School.
In 20016, the Patriots went 7-9 overall and finished second in Flight III of the 2016 Beast of the East Tournament
In 2017, Rader guided the Patriots to a 10-4 overall record.
(Updated on 11/17)
Jay MahoneyAssistant Coach
Rachel BalzerStudent Manager
Christopher KimStudent Manager
The Patriots play and practice in the Edward Lavino Natatorium. It is located below the Big Gym and sits across from the Field House.
The GA swimming pool is a heated, six-lane, 25-meter indoor pool. Starting blocks line the deep end that includes a rope swing and two different height diving boards. The pool also has an electronic timing system and a learn-to-swim platform. Male and female changing rooms are available. There is spectator seating for about 150 in the gallery area above the pool deck. Restrooms can be accessed on the pool deck floor. There is an area to set up ticket sales near the spectator entrance, as well as a small concession stand.
Germantown Academy Pool
- 6 Lanes
- Rectangle, 75 x 45'
- 21-meter Diving Board (12 feet water)
- Turn Ends, 4'
- Fitness Room and Equipment
- 5 Pull-up Bars
- Plyometric Blocks
- 9 Vasa Incline Boards
- 9 Spin Bikes
- 4 East German Incline Boards
- 3 Stepping Machines
- 4 Erg Machines
- Recompense Bike
Some matches are decided in the early goings while others come down to the final stanza, and the girls water polo match between Germantown Academy and Penn Charter would fit the latter. With things tied up at six late, the Quakers would go on to score three goals in the final three minutes of play to seal a 9-6 victory.
The Patriots went 1-1 at the 2017 Easterns Tournament, which was hosted by Penn Charter.
The Germantown Academy girls water polo team will be in Eastern's Tournament action this weekend. The competition will be held at Penn Charter on Nov. 5.
Sophomore goalie Elle Stauffer '20 had a phenomenal match and racked up 12 saves while senior Alexa Naessens '18 scored a mind bogglingly 12 times to lead the Patriots' offense.
The Patriots beat host Lawrenceville School, 12-6, in Wednesday's non-league clash.
The Patriots defeated The Lawrenceville School, 15-12, in Wednesday's non-league clash in the Edwin Lavino Natatorium thanks to tremendous play from goalie Elle Stauffer '20.
The Patriots rolled over Friends' Central School, 19-5, in Thursday's non-league contest at the Edwin Lavino Natatorium.
The Patriots managed to defeat visiting Episcopal Academy in a shootout on Tuesday afternoon.
Emily Morrissey '19 had two goals and six assists in GA's win over the Quakers.
The Patriots earned some hardware at the 2017 Beast of the East Tournament by soundly defeating Worthington Kilbourne High School (OH), 13-3, in the championship game of Flight IV on Saturday afternoon.
The Patriots took down Wissahickon High School, 9-6, in their opening match of Flight IV of the 2017 Beast of the East Tournament.
The visiting Patriots crushed Friends Central School, 13-2, on Tuesday.
The Patriots lost, 14-11, in overtime against The Hill School on Wednesday afternoon in the Edwin Lavino Natatorium.
The Germantown Academy Department of Athletics is pleased to provide the following information for the FALL 2017 preseason Upper School sports (this includes ANYONE who wants to participate in Upper School sports at any level). Student-athletes can bring lunch or bring money to buy/order lunch. Please contact the coach if you have any questions. Fall 2017 schedules will be updated this summer.