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Brian Jensen:  Brian has been coaching competitive swimming for 25 plus years.  He started as an assistant coach with the YMCA in 1986 and became head coach from 1990-93.  He started Quicksilver in 1995.   Since then he has lead our program to numerous conference and YMCA State Championships, several top 5-team finishes at the Midwestern Championships, and has sent many swimmers on to All-Star, Zone, and national level meets.  Brian coaches the Senior and Black groups, and also coaches the Grand Island High School team.  He started as an assistant during 2003-04 seasons and taking over head coach starting with the 2004-05.

 

Carole Novinski: Carole is a volunteer coach for QS1 (developing swimmers) for the past 8 years.  She grew up swimming in the Midwest and swam collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1986-90, where she served as team captain.  She is a former Big VIII champion, NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American. Carole is the mom to 5 kids ranging 6 to 21, three of them currently swimming on Quicksilver. Her 2 oldest sons are swimming in college. 

 

Brenda Dankert: Brenda is starting her starting her 4th year as a volunteer coach for QS1 (developing swimmers).  Brenda is a full-time firefighter paramedic for Grand Island Fire Department and works as a registered nurse in the emergency department at St. Francis Medical Center.  Brenda was a competitive diver and swimmer in high school.  She loves helping kids find a positive way to cope and improve their overall health.  Brenda is the mom of 4 kids ranging 21-12, three of them currently swimming on Quicksilvers.  When we have enough coaches at meets, Brenda will officiate.  Brenda officiates club and high school swimming. 

 

Andy Mangeot: Andy is in his 3rd year of volunteer coaching Quicksilver. He helps coach QS1 and Silver. Andy got into coaching when his daughter joined Quicksilver 2 years ago. Andy is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and he continues to work in public service in law enforcement. He is also a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for the Village of Cairo. Andy is married and is an avid outdoorsman.

 

Sara Wilson: Sara is starting her 2nd year of coaching with Quicksilver, although she has previous experience coaching age group swimmers, teaching advanced swimming lessons, and coaching her own children in the sport of triathlon. She is happily married to her best friend, Todd, and together they have 5 children aged 17 to 7. Sara is a homeschooling mother and practicing dental hygienist. She grew up swimming in California and swam briefly at UNK before a shoulder injury sidelined her. Sara enjoys teaching stroke technique and watching swimmers’ confidence grow as they master skills. She looks forward to helping kids develop into people of character who have a lifelong love of swimming.

 

Janessa Slattery: Janessa is starting her 3rd year coaching for Quicksilver.  She swam throughout high school and for a short time while attending UNK.  She teaches full-time at a local middle school in Grand Island and part-time driver's education.  She is excited to help out with the Silvers again this year with the spare time she has so she can spread her love of competitive swimming.  Janessa is a new mom and hopes her child will become a very active member of the swim team in a few years.  She will be filling this year when her schedule and new mothering allows. 

 

Jennifer Koralewski: Jennifer is starting her 2nd year coaching with Quicksilver.  However, she has multiple years of coaching with Kearney High School Swimming and GNST Kearney Club swimming.  She grew up swimming in California.  She went to the University of Colorado majoring in Chemistry and secondary science education.  She has taught high school math and science.  She also has coached cross country and track.  She is very active with the youth in her church.

 

Rachel Atkins: Rachel will be our new full-time silvers coach.  We are so excited to have the same coach 5 days a week for our Silver group!!  We will do our best to have 2 coaches for this group when schedules allow.  Rachel will be an amazing asset having swum club for Quicksilver, Grand Island Senior High, and in college for the College of St. Mary's.  Rachel also made State multiple times.  She is a full time college student.  Welcome to the coaching team :)  

 

Dan Novinski: Dan is an interim volunteer coach.  Dan grew up swimming in California.  He swam collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1985-89, where he served as team captain his junior and senior years.  He is a former Big VIII champion, NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American.  Dan periodically fills in on deck for meets and coaches between seasons.

 

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs; please contact one of the coaches. 

For questions related to YMCA dues, safety, and policy issues; please contact Melanie Horky at 395-9622.

 

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Coaching Staff