This will mark my 15th season with the Aquadillos. Swimming has been an important part of my life for nearly 50 years. Growing up in Conroe, TX I competed as a high school, club, and summer swimmer. I then attended the College of Wooster in Ohio and competed for Wooster as a middle-distance and sprint freestyler. I was a 4-year letter winner, team captain during my junior and senior years, school record holder in the 50 free and national qualifier for Division III in the 50 freestyle and as a member of the 400 medley relay as a senior. After graduating from Wooster in 1987 with a degree in physics, I coached at Wooster for two years before entering the doctoral program in Exercise Science at Arizona State University. While in Arizona I coached the Rio Salado Masters swim team for 5 years. I graduated from ASU in 1995 with my Ph.D. and began teaching at Iowa State University where I volunteered with the Iowa State men’s program and continued to participate as a masters swimmer. In 2001 I returned to Texas as a professor in the Kinesiology Department at Southwestern University here in Georgetown. In addition to teaching I volunteer as an assistant coach for the SU swim team and maintain an active research program centered on swimming which includes extensive work with USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee. I live in Georgetown with my wife Jamie, our two sons, Andrew and Jack, and our two chocolate labs – Bear and Moose.
I first coached the Aquadillos in 2000 and have coached almost every year since then. That's over 900 days of multiple practices a day! I also coach with the age group team, Texas Gold Georgetown - both kids and adults. I enjoy helping both newer and established swimmers improve and enjoy the sport.
My first summer league swim team, at age 6, was the Braun Station Seagulls in San Antonio. After moving to Georgetown, I joined the Aquadillos as a swimmer. I have swum for AAAA, TASC, the short-lived Georgetown Area Swimming team (GAS), and the Georgetown High School team. During high school, I was the only male swimmer to make Regionals all 4 years and also was team captain my senior year.
At Trinity University I combined my years of competitive gymnastics with water and joined the diving team. After many flips, I graduated with a degree in Computer Science.
In the past, I coached the diving team at Southwestern University for approximately 5 years. In my spare, time I do handstands and read about computer security, but not at the same time.
My name is Kate Chaney and this will be my third summer with the Georgetown Aquadillos. I am a sophomore at Baylor University pursuing a career in speech pathology. I was captain of my swim team for 2 years in high school, and my expertise is focused primarily on distance freestyle and butterfly. Additionally, I worked for 2 years with the City of Georgetown as a swim instructor. My love for swimming originates from my many years of experience as a dillos swimmer. I am very passionate about working with kids and hope to foster their enthusiasm for the sport as well. For fun I like to bake, watch movies, and hangout with friends. I’m so excited for another great season!
Hello everyone! My name is Karl Easterbrooks, I am a homeschooled high school senior in and I can hardly wait to get my second year of coaching for the Aquadillos started!!! I had such a blast last year coaching all the young dillos. I was so happy to witness so many of them improve their stroke, conquer fear of the water, and bond with each other during practices and meets. I cannot wait to see all the new and returning faces this season! For those wondering about my history in the sport, I have been swimming for 11 years now and have enjoyed every season! When I was 7 years old, I began my swimming journey on a team in South Austin known as the Shady Hollow Stingrays, I then swam with them until I was 14. I then moved to Florence, Texas in the fall of 2016. After that, my brothers and I began our first season on Dillos in the summer of 2017. While my brothers will continue to swim for the team, I finished my last summer league season in 2019 and was happy to place First in the 50yd Fly at Invitationals. After last year's summer league season for Aquadillos ended, I was devastated knowing that I wouldn't be able to swim summer league in my final year of high school. I knew right then that after how amazing my final year of summer league swimming was, there was no way I would possibly miss swimming in my final year. So a few months later, I decided to begin my first year of year-round swim with Texas Gold Swimming in October of 2019. Since then, I have fallen in love with the team, and have achieved my first sectional cut in 50yd free at only my second meet on the team. Moving back to the time I've been on Dillos, my favorite thing about the the team is the spirit and bond our team creates with each other every year, and my favorite part of swimming is its ability to be a strong form of motivation to never give up and to always keep finding new ways to improve and better yourself. The strokes I specialize in are Butterfly and Freestyle; I am also excited to say I will be teaching private lessons this year with Dillos as well. Outside of swimming, you can find me exercising, hunting, playing Airsoft, and spending time with my family and friends.
Hello everyone, my name is Reilly Gilbert, and this will be my second year coaching with the Georgetown Aquadillos. I began swimming at the age of 6 with the Aquadillos and came back every summer after because summer swimming is FUN, and the Aquadillos are Super Duper and the MOST FUN! I am a graduating senior at St. Dominic Savio Catholic HS and have participated in high school swim three of my four years. I am a TAGS Champion, FUTURES finalist, Junior National Qualifier, and USA Swimming Scholastic All American. This coming fall, I will be swimming for The University of Wyoming in Laramie! It is a dream come true to become a collegiate athlete and it all started with the Aquadillos - every summer for 12 years! I primarily swim freestyle and butterfly, however, I enjoy almost every event including open water swimming. I love swimming because it helps me relax and has taught me the value of hard work. In my free time I am an avid cyclist and ultimate frisbee player, but I also love having down time and playing video games with friends or going out to eat (I LOVE Whataburger!). I am so excited to be returning for my second year as a coach and I cannot wait to see all the returning swimmers and meet the new ones and share my love of swimming!
Hi Dillo Families! My name is Maddie Mann and I love being a part of the Dillo family. I have been swimming since I was seven years old! I am senior at Georgetown High School and have actively participated in the varsity swim team all four years. The Dillos is a great way to make friends and practice sprinting! Swimming keeps me in shape and helps me relax. This will also be my second year coaching for Dillos. I'm available for private lessons and my speciality is free and fly. In my spare time, I love to scuba dive, draw, and hang out with my friends.
My name is Julia Morales, and I am excited to begin my second year as an Aquadillos coach! I fell in love with swimming almost ten years ago and swam for the Aquadillos and Georgetown High School swim teams for four years each. During my high school career, I was a district, regional, and state finalist. Specifically, I swam at the 2017 UIL 5A State Championship in the 200 Medley Relay and was a member of the TISCA 2nd Team All-State. Currently, I am a sophomore at Texas Christian University where I am a member of the recreational club swim team. My favorite part of swimming was being part of a team working together to reach a common goal. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, dancing, and spending time with my friends and family. I will be available for private swim lessons this summer and am specialized in butterfly and freestyle. Go Dillos!
Hello everyone! My name is Abbey Smith, and I’m so excited to be coaching all the swimmers this summer! I just graduated from Georgetown High School, and will be attending Tarleton State University in the fall. I swam for the eleven years. I started out as a young Dillo when I was seven, and haven’t missed a summer since. I also swam at Georgetown High School for three years. My favorite part about swimming is that it allows me to work hard and build relationships with my teammates. My specialty stroke is breaststroke. This will be my second year summer coaching for Aquadillos. In addition to Dillos, my coaching experience includes two seasons as head coach for the Georgetown Special Olympics team, two years of swim lessons through the city of Georgetown, and coaching the Summer Swim Team through the city. My favorite thing about coaching is the kids and watching them grow. When I’m not coaching, you can find me reading, lifeguarding, and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi there! My name is Amy Solheim, and I am so excited to be Coach Amy again this summer! I started swimming at 5 years old when I began Aquadillos and Coach David and Coach Scott taught me how to swim. I fell in love with the sport and went on to swim Aquadillos and for the Georgetown High School Swim team until I graduated in 2018. My specialty stroke was butterfly. I am now studying Business Management at Texas A&M University! This will be my third summer as a coach, and I absolutely adore it. My favorite part of dillos is the kids I’ve taught who have me cracking up all practice and impress me with their hard work and dedication! I also really love seeing the kids leading the chants and drawing on each other’s backs at meets because those are some of my favorite memories from when I was growing up! My favorite things are traveling, baking, and laughing!!
Hi everyone, my name is Katie Strauss. This year will mark my second year coaching, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have swam with the Aquadillos every summer since the age of five. Outside of summer league, I have swam on the Stony Point High School swim team all four years of high school, qualifying for regionals twice as well as leading the team as team captain my senior year. My specialty is sprint freestyle and fly! Being a Dillo has been an integral part of my life and I hope to see the same happen for our youngest swimmers. Swimming has introduced me to life long friends and taught me lessons about determination, hard work, and perseverance. In my free time I like to draw and write. I’m looking forward to the Super Duper 2020 season!