Penn Charter's assistant coach of boys and girls swimming, Crystal Keelan, will be one of two head coaches of Team USA at the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August.

Keelan, with Billy Doughty of Davis Swimming, will coach the women's and men's junior swimmers from Team USA going to the world championships, respectively.

Keelan shares the PC varsity coaching responsibilities with Brian Hecker, who is the head coach of boys and girls swimming and diving teams, as well as Middle School social studies teacher.  "Coach Crystal" designs much of the programming and under Keelan's new practice programs, the Penn Charter girls team has won Inter-Ac Championships and been the Eastern Champions for the last two consecutive years. 

Coach Crystal Keelan talks to Reece Whitley on the PC pool deck

In addition to PC's varsity girls swim team, Keelan coaches Penn Charter Aquatics Club. Since he was 11 years old, she coached Reece Whitley OPC '18 as he won 23 age-group records and multiple medals at national and international competitions. Whitley, an undergraduate at University of California at Berkeley, was recently named the freshman swimmer of the year by the PAC-12 for his standout season at Cal.

Keelan was the head coach of Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games last fall, having previously served as an assistant coach of that team. 

Read more about Keelan in USA Swimming's announcement, and in the forthcoming spring issue of Penn Charter magazine.