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.

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.

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.

Chelsea Hudson
Chelsea Hudson Swim Instructor

I was born and raised in California and from an early age of five years old I was put into swim lessons. By the time I reached the age of ten I decided to take the sport of swimming further than lessons, that being said, I joined the Pleasant Hill Dolphin swim team in Pleasant Hill California. This swim team led me to discover my talent and passion for swimming. I was very dedicated to that team until I moved at the age of fourteen to Auburn California where I attended and swam for Placer High School. After high school I challenged myself to a couple triathlons, one in Angels Camp California and one in Folsom California. Both were great fun experiences, and I would train for again given the opportunity. I also attended and swam for the swim team at Sierra College in Rocklin California.Sierra College swim team was an experience I will never forget. It taught me the physical and mental limits that I did not know I had, and the reminder of how much I love swimming. I am passionate not only about the sport of swimming itself, but to help others learn and feel confident on stroke and technique.

Amanda Breen
Amanda BreenSwim Instructor

I am a recent graduate of the University of Nevada – Reno and a new member to the Bridgewater Swim Academy team. I was raised in Carson City, NV and was fortunate enough to get to spend the majority of my summers swimming at Tahoe. This is where I believe my love for being in the water began.

Along with loving to swim, I also enjoy any chance I get to travel the world. I have gotten to visit many European countries along with a few in Central America. With each new place I visit, I find myself looking for some opportunity to be in the water—like attempting to learn to surf in Ireland!

I began taking swim lessons at an early age and swam in high school. During this time, I also went on to teach some private swim lessons of my own where I focused on helping the children feel more comfortable in the water along with learning the correct technique.  I absolutely loved the thrill of seeing each child’s skills and confidence in the water grow and am excited to be back to teaching lessons again.

Sarah Merodio
Sarah MerodioSwim Instructor

Born and raised in Kelseyville, CA where I joined the swim team in the 4th grade and swam all throughout high school. I then left to attend Monmouth College in Illinois where I swam one year on the college team. I then graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and kinesiology. During my summers I spent my time working as a certified lifeguard and USA certified swim coach coaching for the swim team that I grew up on. Currently, I am attending University of Nevada-Reno to pursue my master’s in social work degree. I really enjoy being in the water helping individuals to improve their swimming ability.

Brayan Bernal
Brayan Bernal Swim Instructor

Born and raised in Reno. I started swimming since I was able to walk. Swam for a variety of teams including, Sparks Piranhas, Lakeridge and my high school team for four years. I attended McQueen high school and graduated in 2018. Previously I worked for the city of Reno as a lifeguard and swim instructor. I am certified in lifeguarding, First aid, AED, CPR as well as a certified Water Safety Instructor. I’m a proud father to two beautiful children, and  understand how important it is to have our children prepared to be around water to prevent emergencies and to always be safe.

Jennifer Boggs
Jennifer BoggsSwim Instructor

I was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Reno October 2018.  I’ve always had a love for the water, I was on a swim team for many years during my childhood and in my 20’s started competing in triathlons, including an Ironman in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

After having 2 boys, I now enjoy swimming masters with Sierra Nevada Masters Group as well as many other forms of fitness including running, yoga and Strength training.

Knowing how to swim is crucial to learn at a young age and I love to be able to teach that gift at Bridgewater!

Aidan Danahy
Aidan DanahySwim Instructor
Growing up near Los Angeles definitely had its perks when it came to swimming. As a recreational swimmer, summers growing up consisted of trips to Ventura Beach and swimming in the surf, as well as hours upon hours in neighborhood pools. At the age of 17, I was hired as a Deep Pool Lifeguard for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, one of the best waterparks Southern California has to offer with the busiest day hosting over 10,000 guests. Since then, I have kept swimming recreationally, became scuba certified and have held a variety of teaching positions. I moved to Reno in 2015 to finish my Bachelors degree at the University of Nevada, and fell in love with the Biggest Little City. I have been an Open Water Scuba Diver for two years and have over 17 dives under my belt. I just finished my first year as a substitute teacher, and was a long-term substitute as a Special Education Resource Teacher. This past season, I was a ski instructor at Squaw Valley for children aged 3-13, and I have a passion for teaching and working with little rays of sunshine. I can’t wait to help both children and adults become safe, and confident swimmers.
Margaret York
Margaret YorkSwim Instructor

Most of my life I have lived in California Bay Area, where I began swimming at the young age of four. At age five I began swimming competitively at Springwood Swim Club, along with other organizations, which continued throughout high school. During this time I was a swim coach and instructor at one of our local swim teams. To add to this, I played water polo for five years before moving to Reno to continue my
education. I find great joy in teaching young children and I am excited to get back into the water and help kids find their confidence and skill in the pool.

Jamie Reynolds
Jamie ReynoldsSwim Instructor

I am a recent college graduate and former division one athlete, currently pursuing my Masters of Accountancy at the University of Nevada, Reno.

2016 I traveled to the United States from South Africa to pursue in a college swimming career for the Nevada Wolfpack. I have had previous experience representing South Africa at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games, African Games, as well as a number of World Cups throughout my 12 years of competitive swimming. In 2016 I helped lead the Wolfpack to their first Mountain West Swimming Championship.