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.

BonnieSwim Instructor
Bonnie Gallagher began teaching swimming in 1970. For the past twenty-eight years she has been a self-employed private instructor in Reno, Nevada, to students ranging in age from six months to sixty-seven years as well as children with disabilities ranging from autism to total blindness. Her childhood experience included seven years of summer league competitive swimming starting at the age of seven and blossomed into a source of employment and a passion to share the joy that water skills provide throughout life. Bonnie holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. She taught grades 6-8 at Dilworth Middle School in Sparks for 4.5 years prior to the birth of her children and substitute taught grades K-8 in Washoe County for an additional five years. Her many volunteer experiences have focused on youth and educational opportunities for others as she views this as a source to a brighter future.

Luiza Vieira
Luiza VieiraSwim Instructor

Originally from Brazil, Luiza Vieira started swimming at the age of five. Throughout her 18-year swimming career, she won several national titles and was part of the Brazilian National Team. She placed 5th at the Latin Cup on the 50 backstroke and 7th on the 100 backstroke at the World Cup in Rio, 2010.

In 2012, Luiza moved to the United States to study and swim. As a member of the Wolfpack, she became one of the top backstroke swimmers of the team’s history breaking two school records; the 200 yard backstroke and the 200 medley relay. Luiza was team captain for two years and received the award “Best Teammate of the Year” in the 2014-2015 season. Last summer, she took a step forward in her swimming career, representing Brazil at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. There, she placed top 16th on the 200 backstroke. Luiza also enjoys being on the other side. In 2013, she worked as volunteer Assistant Coach for the Special Olympics, working with a variety of people with different needs and from various ages.

During her time at UNR, Luiza studied Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies. Her academics recognitions include Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete in all of her four years, as well as Wolf Pack Scholar Athlete. She recently graduated and contribute as a reporter for the Reno Public Radio, KUNR.

Briana Peterson
Briana PetersonSwim Instructor
Originally from Long Beach, CA, I moved to Reno last year to begin studying public health at the University of Nevada. Following graduation I hope to become involved with government health agencies as well as traveling to underdeveloped countries, assisting those in need. I am currently a part of the UNR women’s swim team and look forward to using this opportunity to share the wonderful experiences the swimming immunity has brought me. I have taught swim lessons to children before and am very passionate about the swimming learning experience. I really enjoy spending time with children and look forward to being able to teach them the fundamentals of swimming.
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!
Erin Fuss
Erin FussSwim Instructor
For most of my life, I’ve identified as a swimmer.

I started swimming at the age of 7 for Nampa Swim Team in Nampa, Idaho. What was once just an after-school activity turned into an opportunity larger than I could ever imagine. This hobby quickly developed into not only travel and leadership opportunities, and a college scholarship.
Now, I’m taking the skills I’ve learned as an athlete and sharing them with others.
The most important skill? Dive right in.
So here I am, diving into sharing my story, and my skills as a former D1 collegiate swimmer, athlete representative, and IronMan triathlete – as well as my competitive drive to better myself every day, I know I’ve got a good foundation for my clients success.
The next step?
Putting my skills to work to best fulfill the needs of my clients at Bridgewater Swim Academy.

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.