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Robert Bartus

Head Swim Coach - Lead S3

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Bobby grew up in Edison, NJ and started his swimming career as a member of the Rahway YMCA and Metuchen-Edison YMCA swim teams for 14 years. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a degree in Business Economics, and worked in the Banking & Insurance industry from 2006-2014. His coaching career began in 2008 by accident: as a favor to his sister, who needed someone to help coach a spring clinic at the Woodbridge YMCA, he began working with the 13 and overs to help develop their competitive swimming skills. This resulted in a growing passion and love for coaching, so after spending two years there he joined the coaching staff at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA in 2010 as a Head Age Group Coach for the 13-14's and as an Assistant National Team Coach. 

In 2014 Bobby expanded his role, taking on responsibilities as the Head Age Group Coach for the 11-12s and as a full-time assistant coach. He is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach who while at FSPY led many swimmers to success, including YMCA National Top 16 Finishers, NJ YMCA State Champions, and NJ State Record Holders. In 2015, under his guidance, the FSPY 13/14 age group placed 2nd overall at NJ YMCA State Championships, including a 1st place overall finish for the 13/14 Girls. They followed that up with a 4th place overall finish in 2016, including a 1st place finish for the 13/14 boys. On the YMCA national level, during his time as a FSPY coach the team grew exponentially, all the way up to 26 qualifiers in 2016. In his final summer with the team, at YMCA Long Course Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA team finished 5th overall, including a 4th place finish for the women, and a national championship in the Women's 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Medley Relay. 

Looking to take the next step in his coaching career, Bobby joined the Hunterdon County YMCA Swim Team in the Fall of 2016 as the Head Coach and Competitive Aquatic Director. During his time there, the HCY Swim Team grew to over 100 swimmers, and more than quadrupled their points scored at NJ YMCA State Championships from 2017 to 2018, including many top 16 individual and relay performances.  As he now joins the Freehold-Old Bridge YMCA Swim Team, Bobby is excited to share his experience, enthusiasm and vision with a new group of swimmers, coaches and families. 

Away from the pool, Bobby recently married his long-time girlfriend, Ali Heitner, whom he met while coaching at the Woodbridge YMCA. They currently live in Matawan, NJ with their dog, a miniature dachshund named Clyde. Bobby's a huge fan of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils and Rutgers Football, and enjoys attending games with friends and family as often as possible. Cars and racing are also a hobby of his, as he grew up attending motorsports events and competitions with his dad every year. Bobby's favorite part of coaching is the relationships he forms with his swimmers, and joy it brings to see them reach their goals and have success. He's also a big believer in keeping things fresh, and welcomes new ideas and challenges to foster an environment of continual growth and improvement. 

Brian Henningsen

Assistant Head Coach - Lead S2/J3

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Brian began swimming at the age of 6 for a summer league swim team. He started swimming for the Ocean County YMCA at the age of 13 and swam all through high school. Qualifying for YMCA Nationals his senior year in the 200 yard butterfly. After graduating high school, Brian attended Ramapo College, where he earned his B.A. in Law & Society in 2016 and swam for the college all four years. For three years, Brian was selected first-team All Metropolitan Conference in the 1650 yard freestyle, and was also selected with NJAC Honors in the 200 yard butterfly. Currently he is part of the 800 yard freestyle relay record team at the college. This is his third year with the FOBY Swim Team.

Joe Torres

Assistant Age Group Coach - Lead J4

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Crissy Judge

Assistant Senior Group Coach - Lead S1

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Dana Schweizer

Assistant Senior Group Coach

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Dana has been a competitive swimmer since the age of six. She swam for a Pennsylvania USA swim team, Spirit until age 16, while also being a member of a local summer swim club until age 18 where she swam, was a lifeguard, and taught swim lessons until the pool unfortunately closed. Dana graduated from Widener University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Professional Writing, and is passionate about Marketing and Social Media Management. 

Sarah Johnson

Assistant Age Group Coach - Lead M1/M2

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I started swimming competitively for the YMCA of Greater Nashua when I was 11. I attended Oklahoma Baptist University where I was a part of their varsity swim team. I transferred to Kean University in the spring of 2018. I am currently a junior, studying biology (pre-OT) where I am also a part of the women’s swim team.  

I have been teaching swim lessons for 6 years and am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of FOBY community. 

Dennis Crowell

Assistant Age Group Coach - Lead J1/J2

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Kim Zimmer

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Dominique Frascino

Assistant Age Group Coach

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I started swimming at the age of 8 through the YMCA swim team where I swam all the way through high school. I am now attending college at Georgian Court University where I am studying nursing. I have always been a part of the YMCA through swim and later on as an employee and I look forward to continue my time working with FOBY!

Victoria Frascino

Assistant Age Group Coach

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I have been a member of the YMCA since I was 7 taking swim lessons and later on joining their swim team. I have enjoyed my time spent through all my middle school and high school years swimming competitively and now I am excited to start coaching. I am currently studying nursing at Georgian Court University. I have worked as a lifeguard for the YMCA for four years now and am excited for this opportunity to be a part of the FOBY coaching staff!

 

Kristen Blum

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Kristen graduated from Lock Haven University  of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Administration and Minor in Coaching/Aquatics.  She is the former Head Coach for the Freehold Boro High School men's and women's varsity swim team. She is married with two daughters.

Sean Manzi

Dryland Instructor

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Larissa Manzi

Dryland Instructor

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Nicolai Robinson

Assistant Coach

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Nicolai Robinson; a former FOBY swimmer returns to the team as an Assistant Swim Coach. During this time Robinson was the co-captain for the Old Bridge High School Team which also broke two records with his teammates.  Robinson continued his education in swimming for the William Paterson University Pioneers all through college and was named co-captain in his senior year. The favorite stroke to swim for Robinson would be Middle Distance Freestyle and the favorite stroke to coach is Breaststroke and Butterfly for it’s difficulty. 
 
This Old Bridge resident has worked for the YMCA for 8 years and has achieved his American Swimming Coaching Association Level 3 and his USA Level 1.  Robinson also is certified in many other factors for aquatics which will help him grow and reach out to the community.
 
On his down time Robinson likes to swim and volunteer with his church in Ocean.  
 
Robinson looks forward to assisting the success of this team and becoming mentors to the youth in our community.  Robinson has brought many swimmers to zones and states, but has achieved one of his swimmers to be ranked nationally top 8.