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.

Mackenzie Clark
Mackenzie ClarkSwim Instructor

Hello! I consider myself fortunate to call Reno home.  I was born and raised here.  My love of swimming started early, I started lessons when I was five then joined the competitive team. I competed at the competitive level for 16 years, swimming for multiple clubs in the area including Fernley Aquatics and Northern Nevada Aquatics. I attended Damonte Ranch High School where I swam four years as a varsity distance freestyler and distance butterfly. I helped my team win our fifth consecutive league championship my freshman year. After graduating high school in 2016 I decided to swim at the next level down in Southern California at Long Beach City College, where I was a multi-sport athlete. I was a part of an undefeated water polo team that not only won our conference but got 6th in the state tournament of all of California. On my college swim team, I swam all distance events in all strokes including the mile and the 1000yd freestyle. I placed in the top 10 for the 200 butterfly out of all the Junior Colleges in Southern California at the regional meet. The past 5 years of my life I’ve been blessed to share my knowledge and passion of swimming with children of all ages. I cannot wait to work with the families of Bridgewater Swim Academy.

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!
Rebecca Murry
Rebecca MurrySwim Instructor

Born and raised in Scotland I travelled to Reno 4 years ago to pursue an undergraduate degree and compete as a Division 1 athlete at UNR. I am a recent graduate from the University and will be pursuing my Masters of Accountancy.

At age 4 I began swim lessons and age 7 became a competitive swimmer. Over my career I competed for Scotland and Great Britain at junior and senior level. Competed at 3 Commonwealth and 2 Olympic Trails breaking numerous Scottish 14 yrs Age Group records in 2012. As part of the Wolfpack, I helped contribute to the first Mountain West Title for Swim and Dive and top 25 finish at NCAA’s in 2016.

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.

Paige Harmon
Paige HarmonSwim Instructor

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I began taking swimming lessons at the first chance I got, later I swam for a few years with the competition team at the local recreation center. I began working with children at a young age becoming certified in CPR at the age of 12 and doing lots of work with underprivileged kids.
After high school I moved to Reno for college and am currently pursuing a pre med psychology degree at the University of Nevada. I have always had a passion for helping others and I am excited to share my love for swimming. Apart from swimming I am also an avid traveler, runner, and volunteer.

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.

Lauren Forsterer
Lauren Forsterer Swim Instructor

I was born and raised near Sacramento, California. Living 2&½ hours away from the beach meant swimming was always on my mind! I started swimming for Broadstone Barracudas at the age of 6 and loved every second of it. Swimming brought me some of my closest friends and gave me so much happiness in my childhood. Teaching children at a young age to swim is super important to me because it was such a huge part of my early childhood. Swimming has been a passion for all my friends and I to relax and beat the heat in the summer. I am in Reno to attend the community college and get a degree in teaching. I am so blessed to give kids the opportunity to swim with confidence at such a young age with Bridgewater Swim Academy.

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!

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.

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.

Jordan Avilla
Jordan AvillaSwim Instructor

Hello! Reno has been my home forever and I am beyond blessed to call it home. Swimming is a huge passion of mine and has been for a very long time. I started swim lessons at a very young age and have loved the water ever since. In the future, my love for children brought me to work with them in many different environments. After being CPR, First Aid, and AED certified at the age thirteen, I began babysitting and doing childcare around Reno. I am currently attending TMCC High School as a Senior and striving to become a Marine Biologist in the future. I am scuba diving certified and absolutely love being in the water. I am so excited to share my love for swimming and the water with so many children!

Addyson Harmon
Addyson HarmonSwim Instructor

Born and raised in rural Nevada meant I spent my summers at the swimming pool. My mom put me in the competitive summer swim league in Yerington, NV at the age of 4. Every day of the summers I was at the pool at least three times a day. In high school I varsity lettered on the swim team all four years at Churchill County High School.

Entering my senior year at the University of Nevada, I am majoring in speech pathology and minoring in developmental disabilities. I cannot wait to share my passion of swimming to kids by helping them become safe and strong swimmers!