Bridgewater Swim Academy is very proud to present our amazing team of instructors. Each member of our talented instruction team is CPR and AED certified. Some of our instructors offer years of competitive swimming experience and others bring us many years of experience in working with children of all ages and together we have created a talented and qualified team of teaching expertise to students of various ages. We strive in maintaining instructors that provide each and every student with the best quality experience possible.

Holly Sprague
Holly SpragueOwner

Since childhood, swimming and water sports have been at the center of Holly’s life. Her passion and dedication for swimming earned her the opportunity to swim for the University of Oregon as a Division-1, Pac-12 competitor.

With more than ten years of swim instruction experience, Holly is now the owner of Bridgewater Swim Academy, a swim school in Reno, Nevada, where she offers high-quality, customized swim instruction.

She has competed in many Olympic distance triathlons and to date has run two marathons, including the Boston Marathon. A devoted athlete and physical fitness enthusiast, Holly is also the proud mother of three children.

Melissa Grilli
Melissa GrilliSwim Instructor
Originally from California, I have lived in Reno for over a decade and spent most of that time in a pool. I spent four years swimming competitively with Spanish Springs High School. I attended college at the University of Nevada – Reno and joined an intramural water polo team. I have seven years of experience as a lifeguard and four of those years also teaching swim lessons to all ages and skill levels. I absolutely love swimming and I cherish every opportunity to work with new swimmers of any age. I look forward to getting in the pool and teaching swimming skills, techniques and water safety.
Karen Harkins
Karen HarkinsSwim Instructor
I am born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Coming from a generation of educators, I starting teaching swim lessons in 2013. My experience working with various programs and coaches have given me a great experience and guidance to perfecting swim strokes. I have worked with children and adults to overcome fear and create exemplary strokes for competitions such as triathlons. Currently, I am training for an open water swim in Summer of 2017, which I will be competing alongside my mother. Growing up with parents as educators gave me experience with children and tutoring as well as having a young niece and nephew of my own. I enjoy seeing the growth of young swimmers and the excitement when they learn a new skill or accomplish a goal.

Laura Hayes
Laura HayesSwim Instructor
Laura was born and raised in Reno, and began swim lessons before she could walk. During her 20-year swim career, she swam for Reno Aquatic Club, Sage Ridge High School, and at the Division I Varsity level at Dartmouth College. Laura began teaching swim lessons while a member of the Dartmouth Swim team, and has over 4 years of experience teaching young children and high school students the art of swimming. She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), with aspirations of attending medical school.

Laura graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2016 with a degree in Bioethical Anthropology. She has since returned to her roots in Reno and is excited to give back to the local swim community!

Linda Gray
Linda GraySwim Instructor
Linda Gray was born and raised in San Francisco, California and started swimming with the Red Cross at the age of 6 years old. At the age of 12 Linda was the youngest swim instructor and the first to create a special station teaching treading water and deep water acclimation. After mastering her swimming skills she became a synchronized swimmer in San Francisco, California. She was a Junior National, National, and Pan-American Game winner and then retired as a synchronized swimmer at age 19.
At the age of 20 years old Linda then moved to Reno, Nevada and began working at Marvin Picollo School teaching swimming to individuals with special needs. Linda taught at Marvin Picollo for 28 years.
Linda attained her license as an Adaptive Physical Education Specialist working with individuals who have various disabilities. She attended University of Nevada Reno where she studied sports medicine (athletic trainer), she earned her degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Linda has been working for the Washoe County School District for 36 years in various special education environments gives her a keen sense of knowledge to meet the needs of any individual she works with.
Ellen Lillegard
Ellen LillegardSwim Instructor
Ellen grew up in Gardnerville and started swimming at a young age when her mom put her in swim lessons as a toddler. In her 14 year competitive swimming career Ellen was a distance swimmer for the Douglas Dolifins, Douglas High School and Lake Forest College. She has 10 years of swim instruction experience including the development of a private swim lesson program in Lake Forest, IL.
As a mother herself, Ellen is passionate about sharing her love of swimming with children and adults alike while promoting water safety!
Sam Oz
Sam OzSwim Instructor

I have lived most of my life in Moraga, California. I moved to Reno, Nevada in 2013. I have been swimming since I was two years old and started swimming competitively when I was five years old for Campolindo Country Club. I also played water polo for three years before I moved to Reno. I recently spent four months in Brazil with my family surfing every day. The years I spent swimming competitively provided me an excellent basis to take my surfing to the next level. I am also a counselor at Project Discovery which teaches leadership through outdoor experience. I work with a variety of groups from corporate organizations to athletic teams to at risk youth. I enjoy working with kids and I want to share my experience in outdoor leadership, surfing, and competitive swimming.