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Piranhas – Coaches

Meet the wonderful coaches of the Parklawn Piranhas!


    • Gypsy is returning for her  3rd year as Head Coach.  She began swimming at the age of four at Parklawn and swam competitively for USA Swimming clubs and high schools in the area.  She is the Lead Coach for Arlington Aquatic Club (AAC)’s Age Group Prep program and an Assistant Coach for AAC’s Sunday Gators program.Gypsy loves coaching the summer swim team because everything about summer swimming is fun!  It gives kids of all ages and abilities the opportunity to improve and feel team camaraderie. It also builds a sense of community among the kids, parents, volunteers, and supporters.


  • John Gullickson
    • John grew up in the Mount Vernon area where he swam at Mansion House and the Mount Vernon Yacht Club. Later, he swam at FBST, AAC, Mount Vernon and West Potomac in addition to Club Swim & Water Polo at James Madison University.  Also known as Mr. G. in Alexandria, Coach John teaches K-8 PE at St. Mary’s School and is the Varsity Head Swim, Dive and Water Polo Coach at Bishop Ireton High School (in addition to coaching club with the Potomac Marlins).  With 30+ seasons of coaching experience, Coach John is looking forward to working with the Piranhas this summer and having a fun, fast and exciting team time!


  • Carl Smearman
    • Carl has swam on Virginia Tech’s club swim team for the past two years.  During high school, Carl swam on the Bishop Ireton High School’s Varsity Swim Team (Butterfly and Freestyle) and Water Polo Team, and was team captain for both the swim and water polo team.  He also swam with the Arlington Aquatic Club team and Potomac Marlins Swim Club. He swam on the Parklawn Piranhas Swim Team for over fourteen years!Carl loves summer swimming because individual swimmers experience a true tight knit community centered around having fun and swimming fast.


  • Travis Swann
    • Travis has swum on Virginia Tech’s club swim team for the past two years.  During high school, Travis swam on the Annandale High School team and the Arlington Aquatic Club team (Sectional Team), and he qualified for State Swim Competition in 2014 in the 200 freestyle relay.  He swam on the Parklawn Piranhas Swim Team for over fourteen years!  Travis loves summer swimming because it brings together kids from all different age groups to have fun and compete. The environment at a summer swim meet is truly one of a kind.
2018 Pool Hours

May 26 - Sept. 3

Weekends & holidays:

10 am to 9 pm

Weekdays (M-F):

11 am to 9 pm

Sept. 7 - Sept. 16


11 am to 8 pm

Sat. & Sun.:

10 am to 8 pm

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