Swimming Coaches

Mike Uchrin (Head Coach)


I am proud to introduce myself as the head coach of YOUR Community Park Bluefish! Prior to arriving at Community Park, my passion for swimming goes back many years to training at a local YMCA. Like many of ourswimmers, the sport turned into a life-long dedication which took me on a path to aquatics leadership and coaching. I joined the Princeton Recreation Department  team in 2011 as a pool manager and assistant swim coach for the 13 and 14 age group. In 2013, I moved up to coach the 15 & over agegroup and became the Aquatics Director for Community Park Pool. In the months that I am not at Community Park I am a teacher at Hamilton Township Public Schools, and I coach for the NJ Stingrays USA Swimming team out of the Lawrenceville School. 

Over the years working with the Bluefish team, I've come to understand the deep history this team possesses. I've seen swimmers graduate after swimming with our team every single summer for 12 years. I've had swimmers who have graduated, left for college, then come back to express how something is missing from their summers without Bluefish. I've heard the stories of past Bluefish swimmers who have achieved legendary status for their sharks and minnows skills. I understand the tradition thisteam has and I am very excited to continue it and help the team achieve even more.

Kara Lydzinski

Age group 13 - 14

I am super excited to begin coaching Bluefish this summer! I am a rising sophomore at Boston University, studying Physical Therapy. I began swimming competitively when I was 11 for XCel Swimming, and later for the Somerset Valley YMCA. I swam varsity all four years at Montgomery High School and have continued my swimming career at Boston University. I am very passionate about the sport of swimming and I can't wait to share my love for the sport with such an awesome community at CP.

Maddie Schwimmer

Age group 11 - 12 (Co-Head)

This is my second year coaching for Bluefish and I am thrilled to be back! Last summer I was the assistant coach for the 7-8 age group, and now I am excited to coach the 11-12 age group with Stephen. I have been swimming competitively for the past nine years, and I am excited to continue my passion for the sport through coaching. During the rest of the year, I am a junior at Bryn Mawr College and swim competitively on their varsity team. As a new coach last season I gained invaluable experience, and I am eager to return to Bluefish to learn even more. I cannot wait for the Bluefish season to begin and to meet some new swimmers!

Stephen Kratzer

Age group 11 - 12 (Co-Head)

I am very excited to start my third year as a Bluefish coach! Having swam on the team since I was 8, I hope to bring the positive attitude and fun environment for the kids that I had while on the team. I was a member of Princeton High School’s varsity swim team all four years being a captain my senior year. I will be entering my Senior year at Stevenson University where I am studying Criminal Justice and a member of our NCAA D3 swim team. I can’t wait for the season to begin! Let’s go Bluefish!

Kelsey Schwimmer

Age group 9 - 10 (Co-Head)

This is my fifth summer coaching Bluefish and I can’t wait to get started! I started swimming when I was 11 with a summer team a lot like Bluefish, and I remember my summers full of fun, friends, and chlorine. I swam competitively throughout high school, and then went to Denison University in Ohio, where I majored in Education and Psychology. I just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my masters in elementary education, and now I am a third grade teacher in Philadelphia. Coaching Bluefish has been the highlight of my summers over the past years, and I love watching the progression of swimmers from the beginning to the end of the season and they grow more confident in their abilities and love to swim. I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new ones, and having a fun filled season!

Cami Davis

Age group 9 - 10 (Co-Head)

Lydia Buckley

Age group 7-8 (Head)

This is my 4th summer coaching the Bluefish and my 14th summer with the team. I am so excited to get started with this season! I started swimming with this team when I was 7 years old and fell in love with the sport and the community here at CP. I am a rising Junior at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations. I can’t wait to start this Bluefish season and am excited to see lots of old and new faces this summer! Let's go Bluefish!

Krista Michenfelder

Age group 7-8 (Assistant)

I am very excited for my first year of coaching Bluefish! I started swimming when I was 10 years old for the Twin River Torpedoes. Two years later I started swimming year-round for the Stingrays. I also swam on the Hightstown High School varsity team. I am currently going into my junior year at Cabrini University where I am studying Business Management. I am now a member of the Cabrini women's swim team. I can't wait for a great season!

Abby Wilson

Age group 6 and under

I swam competitively for about 7 years and moved on to become a swim lesson instructor and coach. I have worked with many different age groups from toddlers to teenagers and I am so excited to the coach for the 6 and unders! I can not wait for an amazing season.