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IAM Staff

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Our Staff

Karen Gernert, program administrator and Assistant Coach

Karen was raised in Minnesota and attended college in Wisconsin. After graduate school, she finally landed in Indianapolis. Before starting her “swimming career” in August 2009, Karen’s only swimming experience was participating for one year on her high school’s synchronized swimming team. Now having falling in love with both swimming and competing, Karen coaches primarily at the Fishers location. She is an Assistant Coach with the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers and also serves as Secretary for Greater Indiana Masters Swimming. Karen is ASCA / USMS Level III certified.

Away from the pool, Karen enjoys tennis, softball, and cheering on her teenage daughters.


George Quigley, President and Assistant Coach

Born in Indianapolis, George began his competitive swimming career in 1946 – and continues swimming competitively to this day. He also competed as a triathlete from 1982-1987. Among his many accomplishments, George has been a USMS National Champion, a USMS National Record Holder, and a USMS and World Top Ten Swimmer. He also completed the Ironman in Hawaii in 1984. George began coaching more than 20 years ago first as an age group coach in the 1950s and 1960s. He has been coaching Masters swimmers since 1991 and is an ASCA Level IV Certified Coach. George coaches for IAM on Saturdays and throughout the week as needed at our various locations. His favorite stroke is backstroke.


Michelle Harter, Controller and Marketing Manager

Hailing from Columbus, Indiana, Michelle began her swimming career as an Age Group swimmer and has been competing for over thirty years, as well as being involved in rowing and triathlons. In high school, Michelle swam on the Indiana High School State Championship team and has received MVP titles in both swimming and rowing. Her favorite swimming sets are those which allow Michelle ample time to chat and her favorite competition distance is a Sprint. In fact, Michelle is lobbying to institute 25-yard events into Master's meets.

Working for USA Triathlon, Michelle counts one of her biggest achievements as maintaining a balance between working part-time, raising her daughters, and being able to do the sports she loves.


Cheryl Gettlelfinger, Records and Accomplishments

From Southern Indiana, Cheryl began swimming at an early age and started swimming as a Masters Swimmer in the late 1980's. Since then, Cheryl has earned numerous USMS Top Ten times in individual and relay events, including the 200 Breast, and, in 2004, Cheryl was part of the USMS National Championship 200 Medley Relay Team. Always looking to improve her swimming technique, Cheryl has attended multiple swimming clinics, including clinics given by former Olympians Rowdy Gaines and Kristine Quance, a Total Immersion Clinic with Terry Laughlin, and many others. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke. Cheryl currently trains with the team at North Central.

Away from the pool, Cheryl works as a CPA and swim instructor – just not at the same time.