YMCA Andover/North Andover Swimming
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New England Swimming
Level 3Team Level

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kelley O'Hara Associate Executive - Andover/N. Andover
Dauphine Kimani-Thigpen Hurricanes Administrator & Coach
Carlton Cronin Interim Head Coach

Carlton Cronin has an extensive connection within the sport of swimming in the Merrimack Valley. Carlton has participated in Y.M.C.A., Boys Club, A.A.U., N.E.P.S.S.A., and C.I.A.U. swimming. He occasionally competes as a U.S. Masters. He is U.S. Masters registered. 

Cronin is the current Head Coach of the Central Catholic High School Girls and Boys Swim Teams. Central Catholic has produced several girls and boys M.I.A.A. State Champions. The girls team produced Finalist Standing in 2014 and 2019. Recently, a team member earned M.I.A.A. Student Athlete of the Month honors.

Cronin was the Head Coach of the Haverhill Y.M.C.A. Swim Team. His teams won the District Championship, New England Championship, and had a 10th place finish at Y.M.C.A. National Championships. Cronin has developed many New England Top Ten swimmers. His swimmers have achieved Junior National, Senior National, US Open, and Olympic Trials time standards. Many of his swimmers continued their careers at Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3 colleges and universities. Cronin has developed High School and Y.M.C.A. All Americans.

Coaching Honors
NES Chair of Open Water and Distance Swimming
Head Coach of NES for Zone Championships
Assistant Coach of NES for Zone Championships
Merrimack Valley Conference Coach of the Year
Kat Connor Pre-Nat/Nat & High School 2 groups

Coach Kat's swimming career started when she was 6 years old. She continued to swim for Magnus/Crimson Aquatics and the Andover Girls Swim team. She is a rising senior at Norwich University, where she studies nursing and competes on the swim team. Her main events include the 500, 1000, and 1650 free. 
Coach Kat volunteered and coached the younger swimmers of Crimson Aquatics a few summers ago and has experience teaching swim lessons at the YMCA. She values the importance of connecting with the swimmers. Making sure the swimmers have someone they can trust has always been important to her, as she wants them to see her as an advocate and not as an enemy. 

Coach Kat focuses on Pace work and technique, which she believes are key aspects of distance training. 

Coach Kat will be working with Pre-Nat/Nat and High School 2 groups.


Abigail Huntress Tidal Wave, Tornado 2, & Typhoons 1&2

Coach Abby began swimming for the ANA Hurricanes team at the age of eight years old through eleven. She continued competing through a club swim team from 2009 to 2014 while playing Ice Hockey. 
Coach Abby began teaching swimming lessons at the YMCA summer camp, Camp Nokomis, in 2014. 
Coach Abby is currently a teacher in the Haverhill Public Schools and attending graduate school at Merrimack College, and lifeguards at the YMCA. 
During her free time, she enjoys relaxing with family, friends, and her pets. She loves to play cards, go hiking, biking and going to the beach in the summer months.

Coach Abby will be working with Tidal Wave 1, Tornado 2, and Typhoons 1&2 groups.

Nicole O'Neill Typhoons1&2, Tornado1, Age Group, HighS1

Coach Nicole is a senior at Merrimack College and one of the captains of the Varsity swim team. She currently swims breaststroke and I.M. for the team. Coach Nicole started swimming in high school for her high school team and the Peabody Piranhas club team. She has been swimming competitively for eight years now. 
She began teaching swim lessons to all ages in 2014 before embarking on coaching. She has been a seasonal coach for our team since 2019. 
"I am very happy to be back coaching all of these great kids! I am thrilled to share my experience with them and looking forward to helping each child reach their goal as an athlete in the pool." 

Coach Nicole will be working with Typhoons 1&2, Tornado 1, Age Group Elite, High School 1, and Pre-Nat/Nats groups.

Andrei Kostousov Age Group, High School 1&2, Pre-Nat/Nat

Coach Andre began swimming at the age of 10, where he was recruited to join a local swim team in Chisinau, then-USSR. He was selected and attended a specialized all-sports boarding school for talented athletes groomed for future Olympic-level competitions for 5  years before transferring to a regular high school.

His passion for swimming was renewed after joining the Andover YMCA, where he competed on the Y's Masters swim team for several years. Coaching now is his way to share with young athletes his knowledge of and passion for the sport. He is particularly interested in helping swimmers improve mechanics and stroke technique as the way to not only enhance their competitive results but also to discover the joy and beauty of swimming. 

Coach Andre has a two-decade-long career in education, at the high school and college level, both as a teacher and administrator. Currently, he works in enrollment services at Northeastern University. 

Coach Andre will be working with Age Group Elite, High School 1, Pre-Nat/Nats, Typhoon 1&2 and Tornado 1 groups.

Carol Yunker Coaching Staff
Board of Directors