Mercersburg Swim Clinics are dedicated to improving your technique and helping you develop as a swimmer both inside and outside of the pool. Mercersburg Academy’s storied aquatics program has produced over 30 Olympians and brings a tradition of excellence to their summer program.
The primary aim of Mercersburg Swim Clinics is to provide an experience that teaches swimmers the most innovative techniques available, while having fun. The philosophy is simple. Swimmers do not just compile distance, but rather work on improvements in starting, turning, and stroke techniques.
Mercersburg Swim Clinics participants stay in Mercersburg Academy’s state of the art residence halls that are recently renovated, air conditioned with carpeted hallways and have bathrooms on every hall with individual shower stalls. The swimmer to staff ratio is around 5 to 1 and coaches and instructors are current and former college swimmers or Mercersburg Academy graduates with swimming experience.
Meet The Coaches:
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Glenn Neufeld, Co-Director / Mercersburg Head Coach
Glenn became Mercersburg Academy's Head Coach in 2014 from the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pa. (near Philadelphia), where he was the director of competitive aquatics and national team coach since 2000 (with the exception of the 2003–2004 season, which he spent as assistant swimming coach at the University of Alabama). His teams have consistently finished in the top five at YMCA Nationals, and his swimmers have won 44 YMCA national titles and a YMCA national championship in 2009. A native of East Windsor, N.J., Glenn was the 2011 YMCA National Coach of the Year and has served on the YMCA Swimming National Advisory Committee for the past three years.
Pete Williams, Co-Director / Mercersburg Associate Coach
After 26 years has head coach, Pete Williams announced his retirement plans in 2014, and stepped into an Associate Coach position. Pete came directly to the Academy’s athletic department from the 1988 Olympic Games in Korea, where he was swim coach of the United States Modern Pentathlon Team. He is an 11-time NCAA All-American Swim Team Member, and held the NCAA record in the 400-yard individual medley in 1967. He became the World Student Games Champion later that year in Tokyo. He was also a member of the 1968 Olympic Swimming Team in Mexico City, and has been a part of four Olympiads as an athlete, coach, or official.
At Mercersburg, Pete’s teams won four Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships titles and shattered three national interscholastic records, and 10 of his swimmers have competed at the Olympics.
Shelley Akers joined the coaching staff at Mercersburg Academy in 2015, coming to the school as an English teacher after four years at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
Shelley is a magna cum laude graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she holds several swimming accolades including All American, School Record Holder, 4x Letter Winner and team captain. Shelley also holds a master of arts from Middle Tennessee State University.
Carolyn has been a swim coach for 30 years, twice as long as she was a competitive swimmer. A three-time New Jersey high school state champion and three-time high school All-American, Coach Bell was a sprint specialist. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she captained the Cavalier team and earned All-American status. Prior to coming to Mercersburg, Carolyn was head swim coach at the Texas Military Institute, the Episcopal School of Texas, as well as head age group coach for the Alamo Area Aquatics Association Nadadores in San Antonio, Texas. She is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 coach.
Kiersten Bell has coached swim clinics at Mercersburg Academy for nearly a decade. After graduating from Mercersburg Academy in 2009, Kiersten went on to swim for Kenyon College where she set two school records and became an 8 time NCAA All American.
Currently, Kiersten teaches biology and chemistry at the Virginia Episcopal School, where she is also an assistant swimming coach.
Mark Cubit, Strength & Conditioning Coach (Mercersburg Fitness Center Director)
Mark joined Mercersburg after a lengthy tenure at Chambersburg (Pa.) High School. In addition to his previous duties at Chambersburg High School (where he served as head boys’ basketball coach), Mark was the co-founder and director of Results Personal Fitness Inc. Named the Most Valuable Player at the University of Vermont during his sophomore year, Mark transferred to Syracuse University, where he earned a bachelor's degree and captained the 1979 Orangeman basketball team to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and a No. 6 national ranking. After two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mark went on to play professional basketball for Team Sandwell in Leicester, England, for three years. During the 1983-84 season, Mark was named the team’s most valuable player. He was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. He was Mercersburg’s head boys’ basketball coach from 1999 to 2012, when he became director of the McDowell Fitness Center. Mark is a certified High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a level 2 Functional Morement Screen Specialist.
Bonnie Dix, entering her 26th season as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Wellesley College, has compiled a career record of 157-50 (.758) in dual meet competition. She is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association, Level IV, the College Swim Coaches Association and the New England College Swimming Coaches Association.
Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, where she was a Division I swimmer. In addition, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was assistant coach and interim head coach. During her tenure with the Volunteers, Bonnie coached Tennessee’s first Southeastern Conference Individual Champion.
Recently, Bonnie used a leave from Wellesley College to do research involving taper and re-taper methods, strength training specifically for swimmers, and the differences in training male and female collegiate swimmers.
Summer Program's Assistant Director, Coleman Weibley, is known to make appearances on the pool deck during Mercersburg Swim Clinics. After spending 10 years as a coach and director for Mercersburg Swim Clinics, Coleman was named the Assistant Director of Summer and Extended Programs in November 2013. Coleman also coached swim camps for the University of Tennessee (his alma mater).
Prior to moving to Mercersburg, Coleman worked at Florida State University, where he was the director of swimming and diving operations and head coach of FSU’s club swimming program, Club Seminole. Prior to working at Florida State, he held a similar position at Tennessee, where he served as the camp director for the teams’ summer camps. Coleman holds a bachelor’s of science in education with a focus on recreation and sports management.
Mercersburg Academy Swimming Program Overview:
More than a century of excellence in the pool:
24 Olympians who have earned 11 medals, (including four golds) representing the USA and 11 other countries
243 High School All-Americans since 1935
9 National High School/Interscholastic team championships
20 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships
Mercersburg’s tradition of excellence extends to the collegiate level. Over the last several years, alumni have gone on to compete at Amherst, Army, Bates, Boston University, Bucknell, Florida State, Lehigh, Navy, NYU, Pittsburgh, USC, St. Francis (N.Y.), Rice, Texas A&M, Williams, and Trinity (Texas).
Mercersburg’s swimmers and divers train and compete in the Flanagan Pool, a nine-lane, 25-yard facility that sports seating for 500 spectators, a Colorado Timing system, and an underwater video recording room. Dry-land training occurs in the McDowell Fitness Center which features 6,000 square feet of contemporary equipment and programming.