Julia Pedersen is a long time Frog who swam on the team from age 5, on. At age 7, she joined a relay quartet with fellow assistants, Erin and Emily until their graduation as seniors. Together, they set many individual and relay records, won countless gold medals and created amazing frog memories. Alongside these friends and a historic team, they were able to conquer the "triple crown", which most on the team then consider their favorite GP memory ever- winning A division, winning Peach Bowl, and finally winning Tri-County.
Julia club swam for the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club (GPAC) from the age of about 9, on. After graduating from Gloucester Catholic High School, where she was the President of the student body, Julia attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on a swimming scholarship. She specialized in sprint freestyle and the breastroke events. Here, she served as captain for two years and swum alongside Emily Shenk as teammates yet again. The SHU Pioneers were a part of the Division 1 Northeast Conference, a setting that put Julia, Emily, and Erin together again- competing often against Wagner College where Erin was a decorated Seahawk. Who knew they'd one day share the pool deck yet again, at their childhood swim club?!
In May, 2018, Julia will graduate again from Sacred Heart, this time with her Masters in Education. She is completing her student teaching in Orange, CT in a third grade classroom. She served as assistant coach for GP under coach Elise Blaschke for three summers, where she credits Elise for her love of the job, further expertise of the field, supportive guidance and passion for coaching. She coached beside assistant Nick, for one of these summers and is excited to continue their work together. Julia is elated to be back on the pool deck, around friends and families that have allowed her to call Greenwood Park her second home for over 15 years. She looks forward to bring a fun-filled summer, all the while hoping to bring long term success and old traditions to the program. Go frogs!!
Coach Nick is beyond excited to be a part of the Frog family again for his thirteenth season, his first 10 as a swimmer and the last three as a coach. In addition to the Frogs, Nick swam for the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club (GPAC) from 2007-2013 and 3 seasons in high school at St.. Augustine Prep, where he served as a captain his senior year. Among his swimming achievements are qualifying for states in the 100 butterfly his senior year in high school, and being a part of the 15-18 boys medley relay tricounty record with his teammates that summer. Over the past three years, Nick has coached at TNT Swimming and is currently an assistant coach for the Bronze, Silver, Gold 1, and Gold 2 groups at GPAC. He is continuing his academic career at Joseph’s University, where he is a junior majoring in business.
Coach Emily began swimming at Greenwood Park at the age of 8 until graduating her senior year of high school. During her time on the team, Emily won Tri-County individually twice and was a part of 4 winning relays, and also won Peachbowl 6 times. She was also a member of the team when Greenwood Park won the triple crown, topping it off with the title of Tri-County in 2004. She accomplished all of this alongside coaches Julia, Erin, and even Nick. Emily was a member of GPAC from ages 8-18. She went to high school at Gloucester Catholic, where she was MVP for 3 years and was a captain her senior year. She went on to attend Sacred Heart University, where she spent 4 years as a Division I college swimmer alongside Coach Julia. Emily will be graduating in May of 2018 with a degree in Health Science and a minor in Psychology. She is so excited to go back to her roots and coach in a familiar place, with familiar faces. Go Frogs!
Coach Erin started her career as a frog at the age of 4 and went on to make tri-county at the age of 5 and every year after until she graduated in 2012. Here at GP she holds multiple individual team records along with Peach Bowl records in the butterfly. She swam competitively since she was 10 at South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) and is a 5 time national qualifier. She went off to college where she swam Division I at Wagner College. There, at conferences she scored top 8 points in her respected events, butterfly and backstroke, and helped her team win conference. With a late birthday Erin came back from her freshman year of college to GP to swim and be an assistant coach in 2013. Now out of college and graduated with her BSN, Erin is a Pediatric Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also currently in her 2nd year as the assistant swim coach at Paul IV High School. Erin is excited for the opportunity to be back with her frog family this summer. Coach Erin says: “I’ve always had a love for the kids and the families of this team. I’m so grateful and excited to help this team reach its full potential with an amazing head coach leading the way!”