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. Together, we have created a talented and qualified team of teaching expertise to students of all ages and stages. We strive to maintain 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. Holly is the proud mother of three children, a devoted athlete, and a fitness enthusiast.

Makena
MakenaSwim Instructor

Hello! My name is Makena (feel free to call me Kena). I was born and raised in the small agricultural town of Exeter in Central Valley, California. In my free time, I enjoy working out, reading, and learning new hobbies. I am currently in my second year at the University of Nevada Reno, majoring in Chemistry, in hopes of becoming a pediatrician after I graduate in 2025.  I swam and was on the water polo team in high school, I played goalie my freshman year, and in the following years, I was a side sprint and guard. When it came to swimming season, I thoroughly enjoyed breaststroke, which allowed me the opportunity to attend the valley meet in the 100 breaststroke event. I have 4 nieces and 2 nephews that range from ages 2-12; who I spend a lot of my time with. Working with children is something I want as a career for life.  I am thoroughly excited to begin my journey at Bridgewater Swim Academy teaching adults and children how to get out there and be strong swimmers. 

Audrey
AudreySwim Instructor

Hi! My name is Audrey, I was born in South Carolina but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recently moved to Reno because I received a full ride to UNR to study Criminal Law! I plan on going to law school to study family law because I have always had a passion for helping children and families. I have been swimming my whole life and was even the captain of my swim team in my sophomore year of high school. In the Summer of 2022, I was able to partner with the Boys and Girls Club and the Michael Phelps program to provide swimming lessons to children who couldn’t afford them. I cannot wait to meet you and share my passion for swimming with you all!

Ashley
AshleySwim Instructor

Hello! My name is Ashley (feel free to call me Ash) and I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV with my three brothers. In my free time, you can often find me reading, working out, and hanging around with my cat Valentine. I am in my fourth year at the University of Nevada, studying Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and on track to graduate in Spring 2023. I have very much enjoyed living in Reno with the beautiful weather, outdoors, and loving community. Getting in the water was always my favorite way to beat the heat during my summers in Vegas and it’s always felt very therapeutic to me. I started swimming competitively at 13 at LVSC and was also on my high school swim team. My favorite stroke is breaststroke and events are the 100 breaststroke and 200IM. I have lots of experience working with kids and adults of all abilities. I can’t wait to get in the water and help all my students grow into strong and confident swimmers at Bridgewater! 

Maia
MaiaSwim Instructor
Hello, my name is Maia! I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I grew up with a family member who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Growing up, I would sit in on his therapy sessions and get a better understanding of how to positively impact children who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders. This inspired me to pursue a career in child clinical psychology!
After high school, I decided to move out of state to attend the University of California – Irvine to pursue my dream career. I am a double major in both Psychology and Education. After getting my bachelor’s, my goal is to achieve my Masters in Developmental Disabilities and then my Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology.
Even though Southern California is where I now reside for much of the time, Reno is still my home. I will be working at Bridgewater Swim Academy during my breaks away from school. I have lots of experience working with children who are on the Spectrum. Furthermore, I love making a child’s day and trying to make every experience I have with a child a positive one. I cannot wait to get to know your children and spend time with them in the water!
Jeremy
JeremySwim Instructor
Hi! My name is Jeremy. I was born and raised in the small town of Tracy, California. I moved to Reno with the plan to graduate in Nursing at the University of Nevada Reno. When I was in the fourth grade, I set my mind on taking on the role of nursing. My family has a lot of medical issues, which inspired me to go into nursing.
Since I was a child, I have always spent time in the water! Having a pool in the backyard and being taught to swim as a young child, I fell in love with swimming. I pursued many water sports including water skiing and wakeboarding. I am super excited to meet everyone and help everyone to reach their swimming goals. Hope to see you in the water soon!
Ivy
IvySwim Instructor

I grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Reno to pursue my undergraduate degree as I love the outdoors and each season. As a child, I was entranced by any river, ocean, or pool that I saw and I knew that swimming was going to be a part of my life. I swam competitively off and on with BCH Swim Team. In high school, I swam for my local club swim team and the varsity swim team where my favorite event was the 100-meter breaststroke. Before starting my life in Reno, I worked as an Au Pair in the small European country of Austria. Currently, I am a Masters’s student at UNR studying History with a sub-concentration in Spanish Literature. I’m delighted to spread my passion for swimming and the water, something I know has given me a life-long love of physical fitness and a determination to reach my goals.

Madolyn
MadolynSwim Instructor

Hello, my name is Madie! I am originally from San Diego and moved to Reno in 2016. I have always had a great love for any body of water whether it be the ocean, the lake, or the pool! I swam competitively throughout my middle school and high school education and found that it brought me not only a feeling of great achievement but also gave me the chance to meet some really great people. My favorite strokes are freestyle and butterfly and my favorite event to compete in is the IM (individual medley). I am currently getting my associate’s degree at Truckee Meadows Community College. I look forward to meeting and providing swim instruction to clients of Bridgewater Swim Academy!

Autumn
AutumnSwim Instructor

Hello, my name is Autumn and I am from Gardnerville, Nevada. I am currently studying Integrated Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Language Acquisition and Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. I swam competitively in high school then I became a lifeguard and swim instructor for almost three years starting the summer after high school. I also served as head lifeguard at a summer camp for the summer. Currently, I am a substitute teacher, as well as a swim instructor at Bridgewater. I am blessed to be able to have the passion and patience to work with children. I love helping students achieve something that often comes as a challenge. Teaching swim lessons is what made me realize I want to pursue a career in the education field. I can’t wait to get to work with you all!

Val
ValSwim Instructor

Born and raised in Las Vegas, I now reside in Reno in order to pursue higher education and compete as an athlete at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently working toward a degree in Biochemistry in hopes of becoming a pharmacist.

I have been in the water my whole life thanks to my father, but I began competitive swimming when I was 11 years old. I have competed for Panama, representing them on an international level and I am fortunate enough to have traveled to meets in Barbados, Nicaragua, and Panama. I have a passion for swimming and I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm with everyone here at Bridgewater Swim Academy.

Gianni
GianniSwim Instructor

Hello, my name is Gianni but all of my teammates and friends call me “G”. I am from Lodi, California but for the past three years I have lived in Reno. I started swimming at the age of 6, began competitive swimming at the age of 11 and now I am on the UNR swim team. I majored in wildlife ecology and conservation and graduated in May of 2022. I am the oldest of four girls and have taught all my younger sisters how to swim. I enjoy being around little kids and teaching them to have a love for the water.

Montana
MontanaSwim Instructor

Born and raised in Las Vegas, I began competitive swimming at the age of 6 and have been lucky enough to pursue swimming in college; first at the University of Houston and then at the University of Nevada for my last two years.

I majored in journalism with hopes to become a sideline host or sports broadcaster.

Destiny
DestinySwim Instructor

Hello! I am from Chandler, Arizona, and have been swimming since I was 5 years old. I currently reside in Reno and am pursuing a degree in Information Systems with a minor in Business Analytics. I also have been lucky enough to continue my swim career at the University of Nevada. I have always loved being in the water and working with children and I can’t wait to share my passion with everyone at Bridgewater Swim Academy.

Michaela
MichaelaSwim Instructor

Hello, my name is Michaela, I started on the swim team at the age of 11 and continued until I was a senior in high school.  Having been a lifeguard for the past 7 years, I partially live in the water. I was born and raised in Yerington, NV, and have a degree in Psychology from Westfield State University in Western Massachusetts. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, yoga, and the outdoors, and am an avid Disney fan.

Jadyn
JadynSwim Instructor

Hi! My name is Jadyn. I was born and raised in Reno. I’m currently studying to be a nurse at the University of Nevada, Reno.  I swam competitively for 12 years at both my high school, North Valleys, and Reno Aquatics. I was a lifeguard for 3 years and now I teach and license lifeguards. Also, I taught swim lessons for the City of Reno. I love being able to teach children about water safety while still being able to enjoy our time in the water.

Karina
KarinaSwim Instructor

Hi there! My name is Karina and I’m from Pacifica, California! I moved to Reno in 2019 to start at UNR and am now approaching my last year as I graduate next Spring 2023 pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a minor in Sports Management. I’m hoping to work in health care administration, education, and/or marketing! I’m also a part of a dance club on campus and love to dance!

I started swimming when I was two and have continued to love being in the water ever since. I started swimming for my city’s local swim team in third grade but choose to focus on dance after sixth grade. Continuing to practice swimming I found myself starting high school and joining my high school’s water polo and swim team! I played water polo and swam for all four years and loved every minute of it! My favorite stroke was breaststroke and I loved competing in the 500Y freestyle, 100Y breaststroke, and 200Y IM. During high school, I also volunteered to be a swim instructor at my city’s pool during summer breaks! I’m excited to meet everyone and can not wait to help my students build confidence in the water!

Dylan
DylanSwim Instructor

Hello!

My name is Dylan Van Dyk, I am a Reno native and have been swimming all my life. I started competitively swimming freshman year of high school and then I coached and swam for NNA, a local club team in Reno. I love water polo as well and played for a few years! I started teaching swimming and coaching in 2014. Later, I became a Navy Rescue swimmer and have instructed swimming during that time as well! My favorite things are being outdoors and hanging out with my German shepherd Olive

Rori
RoriSwim Instructor

Hello! My name is Rori and I grew up right here in Reno NV. I am currently a junior studying kinesiology at UNR. I have been around the water my whole life, any pool or lake that I have a chance to jump into I always will! I swam competitively for 10 years and I hope to pass my love for swimming on to everyone that I teach! I have lots of experience teaching swimming and working with children, it’s something that I absolutely love to do! In my free time I love to hike, practice yoga and read. I look forward to sharing my passion with all of you!