I​lene Arends

Ilene has been with Indy Synchro since 1989 and has coached athletes of all levels.  She primarily works with athletes beginning to learn the sport of synchronized swimming.

Karen Aruta 

Karen began her career with Indy Synchro as an athlete in the 80's, swam in the collegiate program for Wheaton College and transitioned to coaching upon graduation.  Karen is an expert at working on the technical aspects of the sport.

Additional Support Provided By:

Katherine Boyum, Katie Cantrell, Dana Gadeken, Grace Kelley, Grace Minkus,

Connie Poulsen and our National Level Swimmers

Kristen Wells

Kristen began her synchro career with the the Toledo Flamingo Club as a youth.  After moving the the Indianapolis area as a newlywed, she reached out and found Indy Synchro.  Kristen has been coaching with us for 6 years and works well with Intermediate level swimmers.

We have a great coaching staff! 

All of the coaches,  have decades of combined experience.  They all have varying ranges of knowledge and experience, as well as verified certifications through the national governing body, USA Synchro.  They all love what they do, have passion to further the sport, and enjoy the coaching experience.  


It is the goal of the staff to further their own knowledge, be welcoming to every swimmer, coach their primary group as well as supporting other groups, when appropriate.


Feel free to talk to any of them before or after practice to get to know them better.

Julie Thaden - Head Coach

Julie has over 30 years experience coaching beginners to national level athletes.  She has coached at Indy Synchro, Multnomah Athletic Club, & Olympium Synchro in Toronto.