Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving
'Be so good that you can’t be ignored.' I want all of our student-athletes to adopt this philosophy, not just in swimming, but in all walks of their lives.
- Jeff Thompson, Director of Aquatics, Varsity Head Coach
|Stephen Calabro (Captain)||Senior|
|JJ Freeman (Captain)||Senior|
|Asher Sasson (Captain)||Senior|
Jeff ThompsonHead Coach
Jeff Thompson has developed a simple, four-word motto over nearly two decades as a swimming coach: Grit. Resilience. Reliability. Ownership. These simple but powerful words guide Thompson’s vision as a swimmer, coach, teacher and administrator.
Thompson wrapped his ninth season at the helm in 2022-23. During his time at GA, he has helped produce 31 All-Americans.
2022-23 saw the boys repeat as undefeated Inter-Ac League Champions. In addition, Landon D'Ariano '24 was named league MVP. GA finished third at Easterns, and second in the Combined Team Title.
The 2021-22 season was Thompson's eighth year and a monumental one for the GA swimming program. During the year, Thompson helped lead the boys swimming & diving team to a second place finish at Easterns. He also piloted the GA Swimming & Diving team to its first Combined Team Title at Easterns since the meet started recording the award in 2019. Thompson also helped lead the Patriots to a the Inter-Ac League title and a 6-0 record in dual meets.
In 2019-20, the Patriots went 5-2 in dual meets and placed sixth at Easterns. Under Thompson, six swimmers were named to the All-Inter-Ac Team.
During the 2018-19 season, Thompson helped the Patriots to a seventh-place finish at Easterns and a 6-2 dual meet record. Two GA swimmers were named First Team All-Inter-Ac, with three more being named to the Second Team.
In 2017-18 season, Thompson led the GA boys swimming team to a 10th place finish at Easterns and had two swimmers win All-League honors.
The 2016-17 season saw the Patriots go 6-3 in dual meets and place 11th at Easterns. Two Patriots were named to the All-League team.
Thompson's second year in Fort Washington saw the boys go 4-4 and place 7th at Easterns. GA had two swimmers on the All-League team.
In his first season at the helm, Thompson saw his Germantown Academy team finish third in the Inter-Ac League and place 10th at Easterns. GA had one swimmer named to the All-League team.
Before coming to GA in fall 2014, Thompson spent 17 years as a USA Swimming Coach for the Terre Haute Torpedoes (IN) and 15 years as the head coach of the Terre Haute South Vigo High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams. With the Torpedoes, Thompson helped grow the club from 60 to 300 swimmers of all ages, as well as developed a learn-to-swim program and a Masters’ swim team. He has developed and mentored state champions, junior and senior national qualifiers, and sent swimmers to compete successfully at Division I colleges and universities. As the head coach of Vigo High School, Thompson led the team to its first boys’ sectional title in February 2010, while the girls’ team enjoyed 15 consecutive winning seasons. He also has experience in the planning, financing and building of two new pools in the Terre Haute area.
Thompson earned his Master of Science degree in coaching from Indiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in math education from the same school. Thompson, who swam competitively at University of Illinois, Urbana, also earned a bachelor’s degree from the school in civil engineering.
In addition to his posts as Director of Aquatics and Head Coach for the GA varsity swim program and the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club (GAAC), Thompson also teaches 5th Grade math in GA’s Lower School.
(Updated: March 2023)
Matthew CoxAssistant Coach
Matthew Cox knows GA's swimming tradition well. He joined GAAC in 2002 and swam GA Varsity for four years. Cox was a member of two Easterns Championship teams (2005 and 2006). As a senior, Matt was Easterns champion in the 200 IM, placed second in the 500 and was part of GA's winning 200 freestyle relay team. Cox was a nine-time All-American and a two-time winner of the Luis B. Spealer MVP award. He qualified for Senior Nationals in the 200 IM. Matt went on to swim varsity at Penn State University, specializing in the butterfly and IM events. He currently has the sixth fastest time in Penn State history for the 400 IM.
After completing a B.S. in Kinesiology, Cox coached at Upper Merion Aquatic Club (where he started his swimming career) before joining GA as an assistant coach in 2013. He coached stroke mechanics and dryland training with the senior group athletes as well as the water polo team. As Head Age Group Coach, Matt designs and oversees the training and competitions of the age group program, ensuring that the needs of all athletes are met. He has ASCA Level 2 certification. Matt has coached over 15 Junior Olympic qualifiers and two age group swimmers ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
Thomas HenningerDiving Coach
Thomas Henninger is the Head Diving Coach at his alma mater, Germantown Academy. After graduating in 2007, he competed for the University of California, Berkeley where he helped the Bears win the NCAA Division I Team Title in 2011. Tom's accomplishments include being a Junior Olympic and Senior National Qualifier, PAC 10 Finalist, GA Record Holder, NCAA Qualifier, Inter-Academic League Record Holder. Tom also has five years of Junior Olympic coaching experience (Centennial Diving) and has spent two summers working with John Wingfield (2008 Olympic Head Diving Coach) along with various Olympic, collegiate, and international coaches at Ripfest Diving Camp in Indiana. Tom is fully certified and safety trained through USA Diving, USA Swimming, American Red Cross, and Amateur Athletic Union.
Nina SmithUpper School Assistant Coach
Patrick KennedyAssistant Coach
Peggy BradleyPart-Time Meet Assistant
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
History of Captains
League championship seasons are bolded.
1970 - Clark C. Goodell
1971 - David F. Bonwit
1972 - J. William Greenwalt, III
1973 - James G. Watson, III & Robert S. Greenawalt
1974 - Mark J. Hemmerle & D. Montgomery Bauer, III
1975 - E. Franklin Jones, III
1976 - Dennis W. Lutz & Joseph Dorsch
1977 - J. Randal McCord & R. Michael DeGroat
1978 - C. David Hansen & Eric J. Zettlemoyer
1979 - D. Blair Crump & Bart Schneider
1980 - Randolph A. Fry & James R. Wenhold
1981 - Matthew P. DePietro & Jeffrey Lichtner
1982 - Thomas J. Best, John F. Moles & Andrew Maisch
1983 - Stephen A Bauman & Daniel J. Flack
1984 - Cyrus C. Whinnery & Strettle F. Whitting
1985 - Jeffrey M. Prior & Matthew J. Muller
1986 - Paul B. Fisch & Robert H. Montgomery
1987 - H. Brett Wilson & David L. Wharton
1988 - Gregory Indrisano & Michael Walter
1989 - Kenneth Dunlap & David Lawson
1990 - Michael McClune & Lucas Shelly
1991 - Gregory Krisko & Derek Boles
1992 - Larry Roth
1993 - Thomas Tracey & Michael Kurtz
1994 - Joseph Werner, Ryan Kavana & Glenn Gorniak
1995 - Ross Garettson & Gregg Gorniak
1996 - John Friel & Geoffrey Wilson
1997 - Brendan Kavana & Shawn Friel
1998 - Christopher Cunningham & Arthur Staddon
1999 - Guy Yimsomruay, Matthew Hyde & Lik Sun Fong
2000 - Geoffrey Meyer, Lik Sun Fong & Joey Muangtongchin
2001 - Michael Hernandez & Ryan Smith
2002 - Francis Crippen, Emir Hubijar & John McCaffrey
2003 - Sean Conners-McBride & Samuel Hostvedt
2004 - Devon Carr & Michael Carroll
2005 - Phillip Dowzicky & Steven Ko
2006 - Brett Karbach & Andrew Weitz
2007 - Reece Chandler & Ryan Peart
2008 - Jeffrey Cragg, Stephen McMillan & Mark Ramos
2009 - John Negro & Matthew Sylvester
2010 - Sangmok Kim, James McEldrew & Christopher Schillig
2011 - James McEldrew & Christopher Schillig
2012 - Bryan Draganosky, Arthur Frayler & Adam Sjoholm
2013 - Conall Loughlin & Benjamin Ritz
2014 - Kashta Davis & Liam Kelly
2015 - Kashta Davis & Christopher Hayburn
2016 - Christopher Hayburn, Greg Callahan & Tommy Whitman
2017 - Brien Collier, James Parker & Darius Merke
2018 - Jack Lafond, Jake Rabbiner & Brian Bartle
2019 - Jack Lafond, Sean Keenan, Jake Rabbiner & Brian Bartle