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Coaches & Directors

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 all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jonathan Faikish

Head Coach

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Jonathan Faikish is extremely pleased and honored to be coaching with the Nor-Gwyn Crabs this 2020 season. He started his swimming career in 1987 with Nor – Gwyn and can’t wait to help create great memories with the crabs of today as he remembers so fondly from his time as a crab. During his younger years, Jonathan continued swimming with the Crabs, North Penn Aquatic Club as well as the North Penn High School until 2000 when he graduated from North Penn High School. After the Knights, Jonathan moved on to swim DII at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where here graduated with a BA in Sociology. During his time at IUP, he specialized in the 100 and 200 Butterfly as well as the 50 to 500 Freestyle. During his college swimming career he placed top 12 every year he competed in multiple events and was a part of several top 6 place finishing relays. He has earned several All American Honors during his swimming experience.  Jonathan started his coaching career in 2001 when he began coaching with his brother Jeff at Lansdale Swim Team. After graduating from IUP, his career really took off. Jonathan has been involved in swimming at every level from beginner swim lessons, adaptive swim lessons, summer club swimming programs to USA Club swimming and has loved every second of it. He finds nothing better than helping a swimmer learn how much more than can be with a little hard work, and good guidance. Jonathan brings one basic philosophy to any team he is a part of, “Every swimmer, every day!” He wants everyone to always remember his favorite quote when training as well, “Today I will do what you won’t, so tomorrow I can do what you can’t”. Jonathan feels that there is nothing better than seeing a person overcoming something they truly thought they couldn’t and being a helping part of it.

 

Julia Romano

Head Diving Coach

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Gabby Friday

Assistant Coach

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Hey Crabs!  I am so excited to start my sixth year coaching. This summer will also be my third year as a Nor-Gwyn Pool manager.  I began swimming for the Nor-Gwyn Crabs at age 10, as well as with the North Penn YMCA Gators.  My freshman year of high school I started swimming for North Penn High School.  My freshman year is when I also began my journey into the sport of water polo, which I grew to love.  I played all four years of high school and continued playing in college at Bloomsburg University during my four years there as well.  As captain and president my last two years on the Bloomsburg Co-Ed Club Water Polo team, I was awarded Coach of the Year, First Team All- Conference, and All-American Honorable Mention.  This spring, I continued coaching water polo with the North Penn community program and still enjoy teaching children how to swim and feel that it is a valuable skill that everyone should acquire. I have been a member of the Nor-Gwyn Pool since I was 5 years old and I am so proud to still be associated with this great community!  I am very excited to start this season and thrilled to be working with such an amazing staff and group of swimmers!

Haley Muth

Assistant Coach

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Hey Nor-Gwyn!!

My name is Haley Muth and this will be my fourth summer as an assistant coach.  I am also an assistant manager for the pool! I have been a member of the crabs since I was 7 years old, and I was also a member of the North Penn High School water polo and swim teams.  I graduated from North Penn in 2019 and just finished my junior year at Susquehanna University.   At Susquehanna, I am a member of the women’s swim team where I placed first in the 50 freestyle at the 2022 Landmark Conference Championship and second in 100 butterfly. I am majoring in Secondary Spanish Education and minoring in English as a Second Language.  I recently studied abroad in Alicante, Spain to further my language skills. I look forward to another fun summer with Nor-Gwyn. Go crabs!!!

Karlee Carminati

Assistant Coach

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Hey, Nor-Gwyn Crabs!! My name is Karlee Carminati and this will be my second year as a swim coach. When I was 8 years old, I started swimming at Nor-Gwyn, so it’s exciting to be back in this great environment. I went to Germantown Academy for high school and graduated there in 2017. I had the privilege to graduate being an All-American athlete for 4 years. Now, I currently attend Towson University in Maryland and swim on the women’s swim team. In 2018, Towson Tigers placed third in the CAA,  and I took first in the 1650 freestyle. My major is Mass Communications and I minor in Deaf Studies. I have a passion for teaching kids how to swim and watching them grow as an athlete in and out of the pool. I am so excited to be welcomed into this community and I look forward to working with this group of swimmers. Go Crabs!!

Luke Michael Engel

Assistant Coach

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Hey Nor-Gwyn! My name is Luke Engel and this will be my second year as an assistant coach. I started swimming at Nor-Gwyn when I was 6 years old and am very excited to be returning as a coach. I also swam and played water polo for North Penn High School, which I graduated from in 2021. Currently, I am attending Hamilton College, where I am a member of the swim team, mainly swimming the 200 and 500 free, and am majoring in math and economics. I can’t wait for another summer with Nor-Gwyn. Go Crabs!

Board of Directors

Alyssa Mcduell

President

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Sal Catanese

Vice President

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Kristen McDonald

Secretary

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Melanie Catanese

Treasurer

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Christina potts

Meet Director

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Sarah Allison

Diving Rep

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