Varsity Girls Swimming & Diving
T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More – Building a TEAM and creating a synergy that motivates and drives young people to work towards and achieve their goals, to me, are the gifts of coaching.
- Jeff Thompson, Director of Aquatics, Varsity Head Coach
Jeffrey ThompsonHead CoachJeff 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.
In the 2017-18 season, Thompson helped the GA girls swimming team to a fifth-place finish at Easterns. He coached five All-League Swimmers, four Easterns champions, two Inter-Ac League champions and one All-American during the year.
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 his first year with the GA Varsity program in 2015, Thompson led the girls’ team to an Inter-Academic League title, and a fifth consecutive title at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.
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 2018)
Donald BrushHigh Performance Coach
Joining GA in April 2015, Donny Brush brings to the program more than 20 years of experience as a professional swimming coach at the age group, high school, and collegiate levels. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Brush comes to GA after one year with the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers, preceded by nine successful years at Indiana University as Associate Head Coach for men’s and women’s swimming and Assistant Head Coach for the coordination of training and student athlete development.
Throughout his time at IU and in prior coaching positions, Brush consistently develops strategies that improve both team and individual development, and takes extra steps to train the bodies and minds of his student-athletes. To briefly summarize his impressive coaching career, Brush has worked with more than 100 NCAA All Americans, three Individual NCAA Champions, 16 USA National Team Members, 15 Olympians (2016 - 2 Gold medals, 1 Bronze; 2012 - 1 Bronze), 12 American Record Holders, and 28 World Record Holders.
Brush graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Indiana State University and also earned a Master of Science degree in student-athlete development from the same school.
At GA, Brush will spend the majority of his time working with the senior-level student-athletes, but will also work in the pool with GA’s swim classes during the day.
Aly AckmanAssistant Coach
Nina SmithAssistant Coach
Thomas HenningerDiving Coach
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
Although the winter sports are finished, it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
After a successful first day at Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships, Germantown Academy's girls swimming team returned to the pool on Saturday for day two. The Patriots matched their success from the previous day, and parlayed those performances into a fifth place team finish.
After having 17 days without a competition, the Germantown Academy girls swim team was back in action. The Patriots traveled to Franklin & Marshall College to take part in the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championship. Despite the time off, GA showed no ill effects and had multiple swimmers place in the top eight.
The girls swimming and diving team has navigated their way through a majority of the InterAc League's teams throughout the regular season. On Tuesday, they had the opportunity to prove who was the best of the best in the league at the IAAL Swim Championships at Episcopal Academy.
To say that Germantown Academy's girls swimming and diving team is carried by their underclassmen would be an understatement. During their Jan. 24 meet against Lawrenceville School, only two seniors were place winners. However, it is not due to lack of talent, more so it is due to lack of seniors.