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OMNI Swim Club Coaches

Our coaches are "home grown", having swum for OMNI in the past and thus sharing OMNI's unique perspective on swimming and its place in the life of young swimmers. OMNI coaches are dedicated to the following:

Well-Rounded Individuals: We will honor and encourage a broad spectrum of development in our swimmers. We will support participation and excellence in school, music, academic extra-curricular groups and activities, religious endeavors, other athletic pursuits, and family commitments.

Healthy Bodies / Healthy Adults: We will lead by example as we strive to educate our swimmers and their families on adequate nutrition, maintaining an active lifestyle, time management skills, and healthy sleep habits. We will build a social network around healthy living by providing valuable educational opportunities both to our current swimmers and to their high school teammates. We realize that by educating the communities in which our swimmers live we can better promote success.

Injury Prevention: The purpose of swimming is to add to the health of our bodies and minds. With this in mind, we are committed to providing ongoing education, technique training and individual modification, and developmentally-appropriate strength training for the purpose of preventing injury. For those coming to us with injuries due to high training intensities coupled with muscle imbalances and/or stroke technique that compromises joint health, we strive to identify and address the underlying causes of their pain while empowering our swimmers to take appropriate steps to regain their health. We are happy to coordinate our efforts with recommendations provided by certified athletic trainers or physical therapists who may be treating our swimmers.

Lifelong swimmers: Our purpose is to share our passion for swimming and fitness with our swimmers and their families. We are committed to promoting personal dedication and will guide our swimmers to be independently driven as we help them form their personal framework for success. We want our swimmers to feel safe, accepted, and supported as they utilize swimming as a means for focus and growth.

Competitive Drive: Along with personal dedication comes an intrinsic desire to succeed. We will feed this desire with training intensity that is aligned with local high schools and colleges. We will develop swimmers skilled in goal-setting, mindfulness in training and competition, as well as the mental toughness and grit that is needed both in an out of the pool. We will promote sportsmanship and positive attitudes as each swimmer learns their value in building a healthy team atmosphere.


Coach Bios

Lindsey Hulit Harrigan

Competitive swimming experience and specialty events:

I began competing at the age of 7 for the Northeast YMCA Mariners. When OMNI began in 1997, I became an Otter along with many of my Mariner-friends and had the very special experience of spending the rest of my swimming career swimming for my dad. I continued competing within USA Swimming until I was 24. During this time, I also spent 6 years sporting the blue and silver of a Tartan Titan before becoming a proud Ole at St. Olaf College – Um Ya Ya! I was blessed to have coaches who developed me into a versatile swimmer with the ability to compete in all strokes and events, with specialties in breaststroke and IM.

Special coaching areas of interest:

As the first head coach of this team, my dad dedicated 20 years of his life to developing well-rounded swimmers, both in and out of the pool. He consistently taught skills for time management and encouraged participation in a broad array of activities, regardless of what this meant for frequency of training in the pool. As we moved through life it became apparent that the value of being a competitive swimmer at OMNI went far beyond being a fast swimmer or a smart competitor. We developed lasting friendships and an immediate and ongoing support network, developed leadership skills -- both the awareness and ability to lead by example and the ability to verbally guide others to success, gained the confidence to push ourselves to be leaders within our school in class as well as in extra-curricular activities and organizations, and learned to be efficient and organized with our time. Each of these skills was developed by compassionate and dedicated coaches who provided individualized attention and guidance to each of us.

Between spending 10+ years in the pool as an Otter and coaching alongside my dad since 2001, these values became engrained in me. As I developed my own career as a physical therapist I became firmly committed to injury prevention and safe cross-training practices, focusing myself on ways to increase our training effectiveness as a team without creating overuse injuries and burnout in a society where both have become the norm in youth sports.  It is my goal to guide both my swimmers AND their families in building healthy lifestyles with nutritional guidance and activity recommendations to build a stronger, healthier family network.  


My husband and I each coach youth athletes and understand that our life choices become a model for countless children and families each year. We spend our free time training and fundraising with Team Challenge, a half-marathon training program through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, in addition to biking, swimming, and strength training. We are committed to teaching our daughter the joy of an active family lifestyle and to raising her in a home with a diverse and nutritious daily menu. We mill our own wheat, bake our own bread, have a pantry full of food we’ve canned and a freezer full of food we’ve made from scratch all to keep our bodies and minds strong with our very busy lifestyle. 


Danny Bibeau

Competitive swimming experience and specialty events:

I began showing interest in swimming around 6th grade and I joined the Park High School swim team in 7th grade and swam through my 11th grade year when I had to stop due to an injury. My speciality events throughout high school were mid to long distance freestyle such as the 200 and 500 free, I also specialize in fly and the Individual Medley. I currently swim through the Minnesota Masters Swimming Program and compete on a regular basis. My favourite events to swim in masters are the 500 Free, 200 Free, 100 fly, 100 Breaststroke, and the 200 IM.


Special Coaching Areas of interest:


I started my coaching career almost 3 years ago coaching for the Woodbury/West St. Paul Thunderbolts. Part of my philosophy on coaching is building relationships and building trust as a coach. I like to get to know my swimmers and talk about their lives and make the best possible learning environment for the swimmers. I want to encourage all of our swimmers to try new events, and keep an open mind about trying new drills that our coaches want to start using. I also want to encourage our swimmers to try longer distance/harder races when they are ready for them. My number one on coaching swimming is and always will be technique over speed. Speed will always come second over technique.


I am a current full-time student at North Central University in Minneapolis. I am pursuing a degree in Youth, Children, and Family Ministries. I have my own youth bible study at the Woodbury YMCA for anyone 6th grade and up and I have been loving every minute of it. Feel free to ask me about my faith. I also love to go fishing and build computers for my friends as I have built my own.


Andrea Kittleson

Competitive Swimming Experience and Specialty Events:

My competitive swimming career began in 9th grade when I joined the Mahtomedi Girls Swim & Dive team. I had always loved swimming but discovered the magic of the sport and competition throughout my high school career at Mahtomedi and with OMNI on the off-season.  I started out as a breast-stroker and a sprinter, but by the end of my swimming career my coaches and I had long since discovered that I was much better suited for longer distance events. As a Concordia College Cobber (Yes, the school with the corn mascot), I swam the 1650 free, the 500 free and the 400 IM. Needless to say, I developed a lot of physical and mental toughness due to swimming!

Special Coaching Areas of Interest:

As a coach I am all about teamwork, sportsmanship and having fun! The life skills learned in swimming translate to success in many different areas of life. Being part of a team is one of the best ways to make friends and to learn how to support others as a part of a team. I encourage swimmers to be positive, support each other and allow themselves to be silly sometimes.

I love being a part of OMNI because we are a family.  Swimmers meet amazing friends and gain a wonderful support system in the process. We encourage swimmers to do their best in the water, and to develop and nurture interests out of the water. There is so much to learn from having a well-balanced life that includes swimming with OMNI!


I like to think of myself as a globetrotter. I have traveled to many places around the world, and of course always have more on my list. I spent four months living in Spain and one year living in Mexico, and have also traveled to places like Rwanda, Peru and Italy. People also know me as the crazy cat lady—I adore cats and wish I could adopt them all. When I’m not traveling or cuddling with my cats, you can find me doing just about any water sport (swimming of course, water skiing, wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding, etc.) or doing craft projects.


Diane Pottratz

Competitive Swimming Experience and Specialty Events:

My competitive swimming career began in 7th grade with the North High Polars.  I quickly became a varsity freestyle sprinter and continued on that path until high school graduation.  Overuse injury prevented me from pursuing college swimming and is a large reason why I value technique development and intentional practice yardage as a coach!

Special Coaching Areas of Interest:

As a coach my primary passion is developing well-rounded athletes.  Sports offer a great opportunity to teach life lessons and personal skills.  One of things we talk about often is flexible thinking and persistence.  Whether it is a new skill at practice, a meet at a new pool, or things that throw-off our expectations like a ripped cap or snapped goggles there are lots of opportunities to be persistent and practice a new way of doing something!  I also value sportsmanship and integrity and love the role swimming plays in teaching both individual success with personal bests as well as team success with winning relays or meets as a team and cheering teammates to new personal bests.  The other way I focus on well-rounded athletes is by encouraging athletes to develop well-rounded skills as a swimmer.  While it is natural to eventually focus on a couple primary strokes and distances it is important for young swimmers to develop technique in all strokes both so they have many opportunities as they get older and because the 4 strokes balance each other out so practice and good technique in all four helps to prevent injury.


You can find me avoiding snow in the winter with books, cooking with friends, and mayyyybe snowshoeing if its above 25 degrees!  In the summer I do everything possible to be outside-grilling and yard games, boating, fishing, hiking, reading outside, name it, I'll try it as long as it is in the sunshine!  My passion for healthy kids and families extends beyond coaching and my professional life into the work I do as a board member of an international non-profit that focuses on providing education to students who have been orphaned.  This will be bringing me to Kenya for the 3rd time this summer-travel is one of my favorite hobbies!


Toni Wengronowitz

Competitive swimming experience and specialty events:

I began competing in 7th grade, age 12, for the Tartan High School Swim team.  I started with OMNI after that swim season and continued with competitive swimming until graduating high school in 2006.  I was always a sprint swimmer and enjoyed doing the 200 IM, 50 free, and 100 backstroke.

Special coaching areas of interest:

I have a strong passion for making sure our swimmers are well rounded and making sure each athlete gets to have individual attention and focus throughout each practice and meet.  I also really love to encourage all of our swimmers to be there to cheer on fellow teammates not only in their races, but throughout each practice, especially those really difficult days.

I also have a large interest in strength training and making sure that we are building muscles to not only make us faster and stronger, but to make sure that our bodies are operating to the best ability that they can.


My biggest hobby or interest currently is going to Michigan to visit my boyfriend while he is finishing his college degree.  We really enjoy trying new recipes and foods together as well as weight lifting and doing different types of physical activity.