Michael G Hartley
Head Coach (Wahoo Group)
Velocity Swimming has a tradition of excellence that can be
traced back to the 1970’s. Velocity Swimming is a great
organization that I am proud to being serving as Head Coach.
I started swimming competitively at age 6 for the Spokane YMCA
and I plan to continue swimming for life. Since moving to
Wenatchee in 2005, I competed at US Masters Short Course National
Championships in 2007 at KCAC. I also competed at the US
Masters Open Water National Championships in Sandpoint Idaho, swam
the Trans-Tahoe Relay multiple times, swam the Snake Island 7K Swim
in Lake Okanogan and competed in several triathlons.
I served as a life guard and swim instructor during my high
school and college years, working at several pools in Washington,
Oregon and California. With few breaks, I have been employed
in some capacity at a pool since the mid 1980’s. I
currently teach a range of subjects at WestSide High School in
My coaching career started in 1996 and I’ve spent time at
Clover Park, Spanaway Lake and Decatur High Schools. My
Decatur boys team won the 4A Washington State Championship in 2005.
The following year, I became James Elwyn’s assistant
for girls and boys at WHS where we have enjoyed tremendous success.
I was also the Head Coach for the Wenatchee Middle
School swim programs, the girls for 8 years and boys for 3.
I feel like a pioneer of sorts with regard to Velocity
Swimming. I served on the committee that set the groundwork
for the merger between the Barracuda and the WRAC teams. The
eventual merger between the Barracudas and the WRAC resulted in
what we now call Velocity Swimming. I served on the Velocity
Board for several years and both of my daughters have been on the
team since the merger.
I think Velocity Swimming is awesome! I like to think that
in the Wenatchee Valley, we live well and swim fast!
Assistant Coach (Piranha Group)
I am Carolyn Petersen, a graduate of Wenatchee High School. I swam for the Panthers during high school and I also swam for Central Washington University's swim club. I graduated from CWU with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in experimental psychology. This is my first year in coaching with Velocity and I couldn't be happier working and learning from a welcoming and energized team! I also work down town Wenatchee at Orchard Corset where we sell what the name states...corsets and shapewear.
Assistant Coach (Barracuda)
I started swimming competitively
when I was eight years old with the Wenatchee Swim Team, and
continued though college. I attended Pacific Lutheran
University, swimming four years with their program and majoring in
Exercise Science. During high school and college I worked
summers at the Wenatchee City Pool, and helped coached their summer
swim team. After graduation, my husband, James and I moved to
New Jersey where I was one on many assistant coaches with Montclair
YMCA swim team. I also helped coach their masters swim
program. After many years away from coaching, I
started assisting Darcy Bruggman with the WRAC swim team. I
coached with the WRAC for the 5 years prior to the merger.
While at the WRAC, I worked mainly with the younger kids new to
swimming. I have encouraged all three of my children to swim
because I feel it is an important lifelong skill. I hope they will
discover the benefits of swimming, as I have. Swimming offers
not only fitness benefits, but teaches you about goal setting and
perseverance. These are invaluable skills to carry with
you long after leaving competitive swimming. I have
always enjoyed teaching kids to swim, because of their excitement
of learning new skills. My goal is to help the novice
swimmers get excited about the sport, so they will want to continue
it for many years. Outside of swimming I am a Register Nurse
in Family Practice at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. My
three children, Kayli, Connor, and Austin are all swimming for
Velocity. My husband, James, is the Wenatchee High School
girls and boys swim coach.
Velocity’s Head Coach John Pringle has been with the team
for 6 years and has directed the team to four Inland Empire
Championships (Long Course 2014, Short Course 2015, Long Course
2015, and Long Course 2016). He has been a coach at virtually
every level of swimming since his first coaching position as a
summer league head coach in Mill Creek, WA. Since then, he
has been the head coach for Olympic Aquatic Club (Bremerton, WA); a
graduate assistant coach at Central Washington University; Head
Coach at the Skagit Valley YMCA (Mount Vernon, WA); Head Coach at
Snohomish High School (girls--17 years, and boys--10 years);
Assistant Coach at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts;
and Head Coach at Bridgewater State University for two seasons
prior to coming to Wenatchee. He has been the Inland Empire
Age Group Zone team manager as well as the Inland Empire Age Group
Zone Head Coach. He currently serves in the role of General
Chair for Inland Empire Swimming, and has also been the Admin Vice
Chair, and Sanctions Chair. He has coached High School State
Champions and All-Americans, as well as qualifiers for USA Swimming
Senior Sectional, Futures, and Winter Junior Championships swim
Coach Pringle has over 25 years of experience in Aquatics
Management and is the current Aquatics Coordinator at Wenatchee
High School in addition to his Velocity duties. He has a
broad range of experience operating swimming pools and
learn-to-swim programs. He earned his Master’s degree
(Athletic Administration, ’95) and Bachelor’s degrees
(Biology Ed. and Physical Education, ‘87) from Central
Washington University in Ellensburg where he was a three year
letter winner as a swimmer. He is a member of Central’s
Athletic Hall of Fame 1984 NAIA National Championship Men’s
Team. He swam for Mariner High School (Everett, WA), where he
as a state competitor and a four year letter winner. John
swam club for Mill Creek Swim Club (now WEST), and the South
Snohomish County Dolphins. Both John's parents were swim coaches!
Coach Pringle was awarded the American Swimming Coaches
Association Age Group Coach of the Year for 2013 and was also
awarded the Inland Empire Swimming Coach of the Year in the same
year. He was awarded the Washington State Girls’ 4A
Coach of the Year in 1998 after his team won its first of three 4A
High School Swimming and Diving state championships in a row
(1998-2000). He was a finalist in the Snohomish County Herald Man
of the Year in Sports in 1998, and was named Northwest District
Swimming Coach of the Year awards for his girls and boys teams on
several occasions throughout his tenure in Snohomish. In
2011, coach Pringle’s Bridgewater State women’s team
was awarded the Little East Conference Sportsmanship trophy.
Coach Pringle is a Level 3 ASCA Certified Coach, and a Swim
America Program Director. He is also a Lifeguard Instructor
for the American Red Cross and a certified teacher in the State of
Washington. He is married to wife Shawna and has four children:
Geoff, Chelsey, Justin (former Velocity Swimmer), and Kaleb (former
Fun Fact: Coach Pringle was the football announcer at
Snohomish High School for 11 years and not so secretly wants to be
an announcer for ESPN.
Unlike all these other amazing coaches, I never swam for a club team. I kind of stumbled into swimming by accident. My freshman year in high school, the basketball tryouts were being held at 5 am. Not an early riser, I decided to go out for the water polo team as their tryouts were being held at a much more reasonable hour. Little did I know, I would soon be doing daily double workouts during the water polo season and then continuing those grueling workouts during the ensuing swimming season. I played water polo and swam throughout high school, going to state my senior year.
Following high school, I swam for three years at the University of Puget Sound. I graduated from UPS with a degree in Computer Science and worked for a small mortgage software company in Gig Harbor for several years.
Our family relocated to Wenatchee in 2010 and my boys joined Velocity in October of 2011. I feel honored to be able to help out our team and enjoy working with the kids and watching them grown and develop into amazing athletes and human beings.
Outside of swimming, I work in the IT department at the Chelan County PUD and during the summer months you can find me out on the river boating.