Arena Club Aquatics is a year round competitive swim team located in northern Harford County, Maryland. ACA competes in the Maryland LSC of USA swimming.
Arena Club Aquatic’s mission is to develop and promote excellence in athletes as swimmers and people. Through self-discipline and hard work ACA swimmers will work to attain their highest potential.
ACA will offer high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The coaching staff will provide a step by step progression to improve swimming skills and achieve success at all levels of ability, from novice to the national competitor.
The coaching staff has many years experience coaching in the Maryland area, as well as at programs across the east coast. Coaches on staff have produced Maryland State qualifiers and champions, All-Maryland qualifiers, YMCA All-Americans, Sectional qualifiers, USA Scholastic All-Americans, USA Top-10 qualifiers, and Junior & Senior National Qualifiers. Goal setting and commitment are some of the motivators our staff uses to develop and encourage a lifelong love of swimming.
MISSION STATEMENT: ACA is dedicated to empowering our swimmers to achieve excellence in life through swimming.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Graham was born in Richmond, VA. She attended high school in Kingsville, TX, where she was a high school All-American in 1983-84. Graham was a USA Senior National qualifier from 1984-86. While attending Texas Tech she was a NCAA Nationals Qualifier in 1986. While at University of Wyoming, she broke school records and became a team captain in 1987-1988.
Graham started her coaching career at Northern Michigan University as an assistant swim coach while earning Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation in 1989. She then went to Ferris State to be a head diving coach and an assistant swim coach.
In 1991, Graham served as the head coach of the Aqua-Tex Swim Team (ATEX) in Houston, TX. As head coach of the ATEX squad, Graham enjoyed many highlights including a swimming finalist at the 1996 Olympic trials. She also coached two Olympic Festival medalists as well as junior and senior national champions. Graham also coached a 1994 and 1996 male academic All-American and placed a swimmer on the USA National Team Member. She owns a Level Five certification.
In 1996, Graham became an assistant swim coach with the University of Arkansas, before being named head coach at Catawba College in 2001 Women’s swim team. In 2006, she launched the Catawba College Men’s Team. Catawba has produced four All-Americans and seven All-Academic team members under Graham, including two Academic All-Americans. In 2012, the women’s team finished fourth in the nation in academics as a team, while the men also earned CSCAA Academic Team Honors. Graham also coached US National Paralympian, Ashley Owens, who claimed four medals at the 2010 Paralympics. Under the direction of Graham in 2013, Sebastian Holmberg was named the Conference Male Swimmer of the Meet and All-American honors by finishing 5th at the NCAA Division II National Meet in the 100 fly. As a team the men finished 22nd at Nationals behind Holmberg and Magnus Lundgren. In 2014, both the Catawba men and women teams were seventh at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Meet.
In 2015, Catawba Men team were ranked 1st in the country for overall team GPA beating out Division I, II and III schools. At the 2015 NCAA Division II Championships, Sebastian Holmberg swam to All American Honors in 100 fly and Honorable Mention All- American in the 100 back and 100 freestyle, placing the men’s team 24th in the country.
Graham is excited and looks forward to the getting on board at Arena Club Aquatics and began to build swimmers to excel in and out of the water.