Karl Palmgren, head coach; Tara Spiess, assistant coach
How long have you been coaching?
Palmgren has been the coach sine the team's inception in 2005. Coach Spiess joined the team in 2010.
Eri Sumino and Hannah Goodrick
Who are your key returning players?
Our two captains are incredibly important to the success of this team -- on a daily basis, they set the standard for what it means to be dedicated to each and every set of the workout. Their welcoming nature and guidance for the younger swimmers make them just as big an asset to the team out of the water as they are in the pool.
We are quite excited to have Kitty Arenz back with us for her senior year -- she is an incredibly hard worker and an immensely positive force on this team; we are expecting big things from her at New Englands this year.
Additionally, Lizzy Fitzpatrick will be diving with us again. Having Fitzpatrick as GA's first diver has set the bar incredibly high. Last season, Fitzpatrick won New Englands and broke the pool record at Suffield Academy.
Who needs to have an impact season for you to be successful?
In swimming, many times the meet is won in the battle for third and fourth place. We need all of our girls to be aware of what is happening on the other side of the pool, look for their race and out-place the opposing team's swimmers.
It can't be one class or one person. We grow as a team together, from the coaching staff to each player.
We always enjoy the meet with our cross-town rivals, Sacred Heart, and although we have beat them over the past few years, you never know what they are going to bring to the pool! They are a great team, and a fantastic group of young women.
This year will be the first time we match up with Hotchkiss and Choate. They are traditionally powerhouse teams in swimming, and we are looking forward to some real competition.
What is your outlook for the season?
At our first post-season championship meet in late Feb. we are hoping to finish somewhere in the top four, along with Hopkins and Deerfield.