April 22, 2017

About Us

AquaSprites History

The AquaSprites were established at Northwest Suburban YMCA, Des Plaines, Illinois in September of 1972 by coaches Nanette Zack, head coach and Betty Gaitsch, assistant coach.

The team was an outgrowth of Mermaid Mamas and Neptune Kings water ballet clubs. Both clubs date back to the year 1961 when the Y opened and operated under the direction of Helen Coryell.

In 2009—2010 Windy City / Streamwood Synchro merged with the AquaSprites.
Coaches past & present include:
Betty Gaitsch, Katie Larson, Liz Miro, Patty Moyer, Veronica Morgan, Nancy Zack, Nan Zack, Kim Zarno, Ivelina Zografova.

AquaSprites is the only team in Illinois that competes at the national level and is a member of USA Synchro. We are proud of our history and hope to continue the great tradition of this amazing sport for many years to come.