BGC Gaviatas
Synchronized Swim Team

Coaches

HEAD COACH

Marta Foster
Coach Foster competed in Age Group synchro from the ages of 10 - 14 with the Elmira Synchronettes under Coach Cathy Baxter, a nationally ranked swimmer who had competed with the Tonawanda Aquettes under Coach Dorothy Sowers. 
Coach Foster began coaching recreational synchronized swimming in 1985 in Elmira NY.  After a move to Rochester she was the assistant coach for the competitive Rochester Dolphins Synchronized Swim Team from 1987 - 1990.  She was the head coach of the Rochester Dolphins from 1990 - 2000.  Coach Foster has been coaching with the BGC Gaviatas since 2006. 
Coach Foster holds a United States Synchronized Swimming Level 3 Coaching certification. She has also completed judging training and is a qualified Level 3 Zone Synchronized Swimming Judge. 
Coach Foster has been competing in Masters Synchronized Swimming since 2010 and has competed at Nationals in California, Pan-American Games in Florida and Worlds in Montreal. 
In her free time, Coach Foster enjoys yoga and going to movies.
Coach Foster holds Dual Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and is an Office Manager with Broome County Government.

ASSISTANT COACHES
Alicia Wimmer
Coach Alicia first floated in a swimming pool at the young age of 6 weeks old when her Oma (grandmother), Dolores Wimmer, started her in swim lessons. As with all of the "Wimmer girls," Coach Alicia progressed to joining synchronized swimming at the age of 5. She was interested in dabbling in other forms of musical activities, trying a year of ballet when she was 8, but realized how much she missed synchro and returned to her original sport. She also picked up a clarinet for the first time in 4th grade and continued to play in symphonic band through her freshman and sophomore years at Keuka College, allowing her to expand upon her sense of rhythm and musical counting. She started competing in synchro intermediates at the age of 10 when Coach Jerry Natoli came to the BGC synchro scene and put together the "Super Six" competitive team. Coach Alicia even had the privilege of taking part in the vote to rename the synchro club as the BGC Gaviatas shortly after Coach Natoli arrived. The Super Six moved on to Age Groups, and Coach Alicia finished her Age Group career with a solo when Nationals was held at Binghamton University. She had the privilege of being coached under Nancy Whitman at Keuka College during her freshman year until the college decided to close down the pool in her sophomore year. 

Coach Alicia continued to yearn to be a part of a competitive team sport and decided to join the Ithaca League of Women Rollers (ILWR), the local roller derby league of Ithaca, NY, in her junior year of college. Since then, Coach Alicia has completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy, worked 2 years in the NYC public school system as an OT, skated with 2 other roller derby leagues both in Binghamton and New York City, and has finally found herself located back in the tri-city area working as an OT for an early intervention company, coaching for the BGC Gaviatas novice and intermediate swimmers, and skating again with ILWR. She is super excited to be able to give back to the synchro team that has given so much to her. 


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