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Tara Simmons Head Coach

I am a product of MCSL, where I swam 6 years as a Poolesville Piranha and 4 years for Poolesville High School. My career with the Piranhas started on the Wednesday night team then worked my way onto the Saturday team. On the Poolesville HS team I earned Most Improved my Freshman year, the Dean Ingleton Memorial award my Junior year and Most Valuable(high point) my Senior year. 

After high school, I attended West Virginia University and Shepherd College where I earned a BS in Recreation. After college. I worked for a variety of public and private aquatic facilities where I taught swim lessons to students 6 months to adult, trained swim instructors, life guards, masters swimmers and tri-athletes. When my daughters came along, I broadened my teaching/coaching sphere to include soccer, flag football, baseball and basketball. Several years ago, I decided to change tack, went back to school and earned my teaching license from Shenandoah University. Now I teach 9th grade Health and Physical Education at South Lake HS in Reston, VA. I am very excited to return to my MCSL roots, working with such a big, spirited and diverse swim team as the Germantown Torpedoes!

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Mark Hermreck Assistant Coach

Mark Hermreck has been swimming most of his life, having started at the young age of 7. Swimming for NCAP, JFD, and our local RMSC site, he's enjoyed the sport throughout his childhood. While he chose not to swim at the University of Alabama, where he is currently pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering, he enjoys a return to the fun in the sun of summer swimming. Mark swam for the Torpedoes as a young swimmer, but followed his neighborhood team when it incorporated his area. Mark is excited to coach his fourth summer overall, and looks forward to a great second season as a Torpedo coach!

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Zack Nachod Assistant Coach

Zack will be a senior at Poolesville High School in the fall where he is in the Global Ecology Magnet Program as well as the Project Lead the Way Engineering curriculum. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering in college and has in interest in prosthetics and environmental science. He has been swimming for the Germantown Torpedoes for 9 years since 2008. He also swims for Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club year round with the Advanced Seniors group at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center.He has been a coach for the SwimMontgomery Sunday night stroke clinic the past two years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing electric guitar, discovering new music, building/maintaining computers, or most of the time just hanging out with his friends.

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Alison Winingham Assistant Coach

Alison will be a Sophomore at Towson University this fall. She is studying Sports Management as her major and Business Administration as her minor. Alison started swimming at the age of 6 for the Germantown Torpedoes. After about 7 years on the Torpedoes she then swam for Manchester Farm for 3 years. Following Manchester Farm she swam for the Northlake Dolphins for 2 years. Alison also swam on the Seneca Valley High School swim team for all 4 years of high school. She started her coaching career in 2016 as the Head Coach of the Northlake Dolphins, but decided in 2017 to come back to the team she grew up on to coach for the Germantown Torpedoes. 

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