I started swimming when I was 11 years old and fell in love with the sport the minute I jumped in the pool. Since then I've had the opportunity not only to swim with Coach Jonny as my coach, but to also coach for 6 years with the Poolesville swim team. I was head coach at Poolesville for two of those years. Swimming to me is one of the greatest sports out there because it is as much fun as it is hard work. I believe that if you're not having fun swimming then something is wrong. As a coach and a teammate I'm here to help, teach, and respect everyone on deck.
My name is Haoning Chen and I am a Chinese Native who is 22 years old. I started swimming when I was 4 years old. When I was 16, I was selected for the Chinese national team. The reason I did not continue my swimming career in China is because I wanted to focus more on my education. I chose to come to the U.S. to attend Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Missouri to become a college student-athlete. My major is Sports Management and I am a junior right now. I enjoy experiencing different cultures. In my free time I like to go out for dinner, watch movies and hang out with friends. My favorite animals are cats and I can not wait to have my own place and get my own cats. I am looking forward to my summer job at Whetstone Whales swim team to coach swimmers of different ages. Go WHALES!!!
Hi Whales! I was a Whetstone Whale for 12 years and am so excited to return to the team as an assistant coach! I am currently studying biology at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In addition to swimming, I love horseback riding and rock climbing. My favorite stroke is freestyle and my favorite swim team tradition is playing water polo on Fridays. I'm looking forward to planning some fun practices and cheering on all our swimmers at meets this summer. I can't wait to meet you all!
Hello Whales! I have been a Whetstone Whale since 2004 when I joined the pre-team, and I have loved every minute of it. I graduated from Watkins Mill High School in 2018 and am now at Coastal Carolina University, where I study Marine Science. I was pre-team coach for three years, two years of those as Head Coach. I am very excited about this season!
Hi Whetstone Whales! I am really looking forward to coaching our youngest Whales! I have been swimming with the team since 2006. I look forward to playing Red Rover and teaching freestyle and backstroke to the youngest team members. I can't wait to pass on fun traditions like the ice cream social and the 4th of July parade. I am a rising senior at the Landon School. I have been playing water polo for Landon for two seasons and I have been swimming for Landon for six seasons. I can't wait to spend some time with the youngest members of our Whales community!
Hey Whales! I’m looking forward to another fun-filled swim season and hope to play a small part in making it exciting for all. I have been a Whale since the age of 4, when I first joined Pre-Team, and have truly loved coming back each year to Ice Cream Socials, Pizza Pep Rallies, Cookie Monster cheers, and other traditions that make this team what it is. I am a rising senior at Georgetown Visitation, and I couldn’t be happier to return for my third summer as a Pre-team coach! I can’t wait to see all the familiar faces that I’ve missed over the school year, but I am just as excited to get to know all the new swimmers and families over the season. Go Whales!!
Hi Whales!! I am so excited to coach the young whales on pre-team this year and teach them to love swimming just like I do! I have been a Whetstone Whale since I was 4 years old and look forward to it every summer! I am a rising sophomore and Georgetown Visitation and swam for the swim team there this year. I look forward to cheering the Cookie Monster and getting to know each and every member of the pre team!
I am so excited to coach our pre-teamers! I have been a Whetstone Whale for 12 years and I have been swimming for Stone Ridge School for four years. My favorite Whales traditions are cheers and marching in the 4th of July parade. I can't wait to have a fabulous summer with our youngest Whales!