Our Philosophy is to provide an elite competitive team experience including development of technical, artistic, physical, and personal growth in a progressive group program. To demonstrate strong leadership, positive attitudes, both in criticism and praise, enforce rules, and allow for the great opportunities of teamwork, spirit, travel, and friendship. To build working relationships with athletes and parents assisted by the TTA booster board.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information regarding the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes program please call Karen Alvarez at (716)912-0427 or email her using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Jill Shovlin (Wright)

Jill swam for the Tonawanda Aquettes from 1990-1999, then went on to swim at Canisius College.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003, and began coaching TTA in 2004.  Jill was also the Head Coach of Canisius College Synchro from 2006-2014, and has recently started her own water show company Ripple Effect Aquatic Entertainment. …

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Joanne Wright

This is Jo’s 40th season coaching the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes!!  Her synchro career began at the age of 12 swimming under Dorothy Sowers, the founder of TTA.  Jo has coached athletes to reach amazing achievements such as competing at the USA Olympic Trials, Sports Festival, Empire State Games, Junior Olympics, UANA Junior Pan American …

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Kahlie Bostaph

Kahlie Bostaph began her synchronized swimming career in 2002 starting with the Aquettes Summer Synchro program where she fell in love with the sport. She immediately joined the team and she continued for nine years until her graduation in 2011. Some of Kahlie’s accomplishments as a synchronized summer include 2010 National Champions, 2010 Empire State …

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Karen Alvarez

Karen’s love of synchro began in 1975 when she became a member of the Aquettes. She swam with TTA until 1984 and then continued her synchro career at the University of Arizona. After receiving her B.S. in Business, Karen stayed in Arizona for 4 years and began coaching Tucson Synchro. In 1992, Karen moved back …

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Kristin Poeller

My career with the Aquettes began when I was 10 years old.  I swam for the Aquettes until I graduated high school in 1993. I then went on to swim at Canisius College where I received my Bachelors and Master degree in Physical Education.  Synchronized swimming has always been my first love! Soon after graduating …

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Lauren Foster

I started my synchro career as a member of the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes. I swam for the Aquettes for 6 years. After I graduated from high school in 1993, I continued swimming as a member of the Canisius College Synchronized Swim Team. In October 1993, Mrs. Sowers asked if I could come lifeguard at …

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Maureen O’Brocta

Maureen began her time as an Aquette in 1978 and swam through 1989. Her favorite TTA memory was going to Odense, Denmark, to represent the United States in the Hans Christian Andersen Cup competition in 1989. At that meet, Maureen won two gold medals and two silvers. Maureen’s career as a coach began in 2012, soon after her older …

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Patti Melber

Patti began her career with TTA when she was 9 years old and swam for the team for 9 years.  During that time she was lucky enough to travel to many wonderful places around the country and see many successes. Patti started coaching in 1990 with our beginner team that was called the “water wonders” …

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