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Andy Kurmakov

Andy started swimming when he was seven years old and began competing when 11 years old. In grade school and high school he was a member of United States Swimming club Massachusetts Bay Marlins and Brookline High School swim team. His favorite events were sprint Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle. He competed in MIAA state swimming championships, New England Age group, New England Junior and New England Senior championships. Over the years he has also taught swim lessons to people of various ages and skill levels and coached age group and high school swimmers. He looks forward to coaching and training with BC masters swim team.

Andy will be coaching on Tuesday mornings.

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Caity Fee

Caity has been a coach at BC Masters since February of 2012 and a member of the team since she began college in 2009.  She is currently a senior at Boston College studying biology in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and hoping to enter medical school upon graduation in 2013.

Caity is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and began swimming at the age of 4.  She has competed for various teams over the years, including Brownell Talbot Swim Club, Greater Omaha Aquatics League, and the Marian High School Swimming team, where she was a varsity captain.  In high school, she specialized in middle distance freestyle and backstroke.  

After breaking her leg during her final season at Marian, she missed out on the Metro and State Championship meets, but has developed a newfound appreciation for swimming as part of the BC Masters team.  Her proudest swimming achievement to date is being named Masters Swimming National Champion in the timed 3000 in the 18-24 age group as a college freshman in 2009.  

 

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Caroline Byron

Caroline, a native to Dallas, Pennsylvania, is returning to the Master's swim program after previously coaching from 2009-2012. She is a 2009 graduate of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education with minors in Theology and Studio Art in Arts and Sciences. After completing her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2013, she began a doctoral program in clinical psychology. Her swimming background includes a four time letter winner for the BC Eagles and two individual Boston College records in the 100 and 200 freestyle. She was twice chosen the MVP - the 2007 and 2009 season. Caroline is the all-time leader at Boston College with 147 victories. She was a recipient of the ACC Post Graduate Scholarship in 2009 for her achievements in academics, athletics and service to the community.

Caroline will be coaching on Thursdays mornings.

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Jacki Hirsty

Jacki Hirsty only made the B team in her youth, but as an adult she has been setting national and world masters’ records. Go figure; some of us are late bloomers. She finally recognized that swimming effectively does not feel like it looks, so she instructs and coaches by explaining the feel of proper form. From her over 40 years of swimming under various coaches at different ages and stages, she has developed a good sense for what motivates and sustains athletes. She is constantly studying and testing theories and technique while she trains and competes. She has coached all ages and levels of swimmers and triathletes in Virginia, Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is currently an instructor for the national masters’ coaches certification courses. Details are available at www.swimsmart.info. Jacki has degrees in Architecture from RPI and University of Kansas.

New England Masters records: 80 (approx)
USMS National Top Ten listings: 315
USMS National Records set: 50 (approx)
FINA Masters world records set: 25 (approx).

As you already know Jacki Hirsty will be coaching on Mon/Wed 6:05 am - 7:05 am & 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

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Margaret Howe
Margaret is excited to join the BC Masters staff, and has been coaching age group swimmers for over seven years in both RI and MA. Currently, she coaches the Junior Nautilus B group at Crimson Aquatics. Not to be pigeonholed, she also has extensive experience teaching private lessons and small classes to adults with a range of abilities. A graduate of Boston College, she competed with the Lady Eagles for four years in the breaststroke events while she double majored in Theatre and Communication.