Our swim program centers on improving each individual’s speed through honing technique and mental awareness. The program emphasizes team building in order to achieve individual success by producing athletes who are physically stronger, more confident, willing to take risks, and who understand the importance of goal setting and unity.
Walker’s swimming program competes in Division 3 of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.
Walker’s Swim Team completed over 41 miles in one hour during one of their afternoon practices in February and raised more than $4,000 for The Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp as the designated charity. Twenty athletes swam 100 laps or more, and many of them didn’t stop even one time during the hour-long event.
2019-2020 Season Photo Album: Click the gallery above to view game photos from the winter 2019-2020 season.
Coach Eggert enters her fourth year as head coach to the swim program. Most recently in 2020, Walker’s swimming was named finalists at the Division III New England Championship meet. Walker’s has been the host of the championship meet for five consecutive years. In the 2020-2021 season, the team was able to hold several virtual meets, including one official meet where the team earned NISCA Silver-Team and one senior was named NISCA Academic All-American. Eggert is also the athletic director and aquatics director, coaches varsity softball, and serves as a Middle School advisor.
Prior to Walker’s, Coach Eggert was the swim coach and assistant athletic director at Westover School where she coached since 2011 field hockey, swimming, and softball. In her final season as head coach, she led Westover to the school’s first CISAC athletic conference championship in 2017. Prior to her tenure at Westover, she was a three-sport varsity athlete at Drew University. Her sports included field hockey, softball, and swimming. While at Drew she earned All-Academic Conference recognition, served as captain to the swim team, and medaled in multiple Landmark Conference Championships. She earned her B.A. in Art and Secondary Education from Drew University, teaching certification from the College of St. Elizabeth, and earned her Master of Science in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Julia Sheldon enters her fourth year as an assistant coach in the swim program. She has been swimming her entire life and at this point probably has more chlorine in her veins than anything else. She swam competitively from elementary through high school and her swim career culminated with a top eight finish in the 100 backstroke at the Central California Sectional meet during her senior year. Outside of coaching, Dr. Sheldon serves as a teacher in the science department and is an upper school advisor. She also coaches JV tennis in the spring.
The 2019-2020 swim season saw the most success in program history, completing the winter season as Finalists in the NEPSAC Division III Championship out of 12 girls’ teams. Walker’s best finish at this championship prior had been 5th place in 2017. This season, the team had three All-NEPSAC swimmers in addition to all three relays making the podium. Walker’s finished with its greatest number of points in the meet with 326. In addition to being named Finalists, the 12 upper school varsity members also were named National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Bronze Scholar Team for a team GPA above 3.2. Two seniors were also named NISCA Academic All-Americans for GPA over 3.75. Walker’s also had two second place individual finishes at the Founders League Championship, where the team placed 5th of 7 teams.
Walker’s graduates three varsity seniors but looks to gain momentum with a talented influx of swimmers for the 2020-2021 campaign under head coach Kati Eggert in her third season.