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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


Current Record

Record: 10-4
League Record: 3-1


# Name Grade
2 Alana Andress 10
3 Sophie Thatcher 11
5 Alexa Naessens (captain) 12
6 Julia McKernan (captain) 12
7 Riley Gobora (captain) 12
11 Lindsay Putnam 10
12 Madeline Vizza 10
13 Shelby Kuehnle 11
15 Emily Morrissey 11
16 Olivia Negro 11
8/1 Gabrielle Hearn 11
9/1 Elle Stauffer 10


  • Allison Rader
    Head 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 Mahoney
    Assistant Coach

  • Rachel Balzer
    Student Manager
  • Christopher Kim
    Student 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
  • Treadmills
  • Recompense Bike

GA Girls Water Polo News

Fall 2017 Start Dates & Tryout Information

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.

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