Golfer Gauthier Goes Back in Stevens Pool

Claremont — Paige Gauthier, 25, is a five-handicap golfer who played the sport at NCAA Division I University of Hartford. She has won the women’s championship at the Claremont Country Club each of the last seven years. She also has a membership at the Newport Golf Club and plays the game somewhere three or four times a week. It would be an understatement to say she is passionate about the sport.

But it also would be wrong to say that golf is the top sport on her list of favorites. That position is reserved for swimming. And this winter, Gauthier will take over as the swim coach at Stevens High School, the fourth coach in the program’s history.

“I love golf, but swimming is my thing,” said the 2006 Stevens graduate who is excited about the job and that the team will be using the eight-lane facility at the new Claremont Community Center for its home meets.

“The new pool is awesome,” she said.

Stevens athletic director Aaron House is also excited about what’s ahead for Gauthier and the swim program.

“We are looking forward to her leadership skills and the ability to recruit student-athletes to our swimming program,” said House. “She enjoyed an accomplished high school athletic career at Stevens and has great knowledge of what it takes to be successful at both the high school and collegiate level. She also brings an understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a complete student-athlete.”

When Gauthier is not swimming or golfing, she is using her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, working for Child and Family Services of New Hampshire.

“It’s a job that has a lot of flexibility which will allow me to schedule my appointments around what I have to do for the swim team,” Gauthier explained.

Gauthier started swimming at age 5 for the Claremont Tiger Sharks before moving on to the Upper Valley Gators. These days, she is looking to swim in some masters competitions.

Before the practice session begins in November, Gauthier said she is going to need to do some fundraising to purchase starting blocks.

“I think we need five more, and they are expensive,” she said.

She also knows she is going to need to do some recruiting, hoping to increase the number of potential team maebers from the 15 who have already signed up the sport.

“I think I can sell the sport to some students by emphasizing the great facility and the advantage swimming can do to keep one physically fit,” said Gauthier.

Gauthier will be assisted by her sister, Darcie, who swam at Keene State College.

“We’re both certified swimming instructors, but (Darcie’s ) strength is in the breaststroke,” said the head coach.

The first of seven scheduled meets is set for Dec. 13.