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Intermediate Team

Coach Maria Arndt Maria Arndt coaches the Gaviatas intermediate team. She was a member of this Gaviatas team for 6 years then swam for the UF Synchro Team for a year. Maria is a recent UF graduate and enjoys Prague, chocolate, working out, and hanging out with friends. Her favorite competition was when she participated in the 2011 Synchro Nationals in Seattle, Washington, and her team received second place. Maria loves coaching and helping swimmers reach their synchro goals!



Novice Team

Coach Betsy Seymour Betsy Seymour coaches the Gaviatas novice team and has 15 years of synchro coaching experience. She was a member of synchro teams in high school and in college at SUNY Geneseo. Betsy was part of the SUNY team that competed in the first National Collegiate Championship and earned All-American status, which at that time meant they had a Top 7 team routine. Her favorite things include Buffalo NY, her backyard, and her Mom's spaghetti and meatballs. Betsy enjoys inspiring kids to love math and synchronized swimming and watching girls develop confidence and love for the sport. She has 30 years of teaching experience, was most recently a gifted math teacher at Chiles Elementary School and received the 2006 Alachua County Teacher of the Year award.


Coach Katie Martin Katie Martin also coaches the Gaviatas novice team. Coach Katie is a teacher at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville. Coach Katie joined a swim team when she was five years old and competed in the ACC Championships for her final meet 17 years later, as a senior and four-year member of the Boston College Swim Team. Coach Katie also played water polo for six seasons on her high school and college teams.


Coach Annie DowneyAnnie Downey is a senior at St. Francis Catholic Academy and has been a competitive synchronized swimmer for 9 years. In 2015, she received the Athlete of the Year award from the NW Association and the 2015 Florida Regional Individual High Point Award. When Annie grows up, she would like to be an occupational therapist or Spiderman. She has an awesome rapport with young swimmers and enjoys inspiring them to love this amazing sport. Some of Annie’s favorite things are Seattle and studying U.S. History.