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John Pringle

Head Coach

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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 meets. 

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 Velocity Swimmer).

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.

Carolyn Petersen

Lead Age Group Coach - Steel

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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. 

John T Lindquist

Senior Group Assistant Coach

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Trent Grigsby

Group Assistant

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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.

Sarah Barnes

Group Assistant

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Hi, my name is Sarah Barnes! I am an Eastmont graduate and attended Central Washington University to obtain my teaching degree. I recently completed my Masters in Education through Grand Canyon University. I am a second grade teacher in the Eastmont School District. I began swimming for Barracudas when I was five years old and later transitioned over to the WRAC swim team, where I swam until I was 18. I also swam for the Wildcats and Coach Carolyn Magee during my high school years. As I reflect on my swimming career, so many positive memories come to mind. I met some of my favorite people while swimming and my coaches were amazing role models for me. My swim team became my second family. Coaching swimming has always been something that I have wanted to pursue. I hope to help cultivate a fun and rewarding swimming experience for Velocity swimmers. I am excited to begin my journey with the Velocity team!

Celine Alizarin Vargas

Group Assistant

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Celine Vargas has been involved in aquatics from an early age. She’s competed on year-around teams since the age of 4, joining the Wenatchee swimming community in 2006 as a member of Barracuda Swimming. As a teen she volunteered for the local YMCA's free lessons program. At 16 she began teaching lessons at the YMCA. During this time she assisted in coaching and officiating for the Y's summer swim league. Celine swam year-around until graduation in 2012, but continued to teach advanced swim lessons during breaks from college. In 2016 she graduated from WSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

           Since then Celine has been involved the Wenatchee High School swim program as well as YMCA swim lesson programs. She started coaching age group swimmers for Velocity in 2017.

Rachel Blyth

Group Assistant

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Hi, my name is Rachel Blyth! I’ll begin coaching with Velocity summer 2018. Unlike most club members, I didn’t start competitive swimming until I was 13 years old. I showed up to my first day of summer league practice wearing an Old Navy 2-piece and a pair of goggles with reflective crocodile eyes. I spent most of the afternoon trying to understand circle swimming and making myself nauseous with poor imitations of the other swimmers flip-turns. I left that practice feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and totally in love with swim team.

After a season of belly flopping off of the blocks and being DQed by my own father, an olympic trials swimmer himself, I became more serious about swimming. I joined the Issaquah Swim Team and lettered 4 years with my high school, swimming on the 4A State Championship team. I attended Western Washington University where I swam on the Club team and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Chemistry. These days most of my swims precede a bike ride and a run, and I have enjoyed branching into coaching with the Wenatchee SD middle school teams.

 I’m so excited to be a part of the Velocity program. I have been very impressed by the dedication and spirit of all of the Velocity coaches and swimmers I’ve met! Thanks for having me on the team!

Kathy Elwyn

Group Assistant

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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. 

Carolyn M MaGee

Group Assistant

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Carolyn MaGee has been involved in swimming at some level for  most of her life.  She started swimming competitively at the age of 9 with the Boise YMCA.  At the age of 10, she broke the national age group record in the 50 yd. butterfly.  Throughout her age group career she made national and Olympic qualifying times.

She received her BA and MA from the University of Southern California where she was on the first women’s swim team.  “That shows you how OLD I am,” she says. Carolyn still enjoys swimming and competing in the Master’s swim program.

Carolyn started coaching in Coeur d’Alene, ID for what is now the CAST swim team.  She also coached CDA High School as well as Lake City High School.  “We all worked out together because at that time CDA had only one indoor pool,” she says, “I loved coaching and working with kids from the minute I started doing it.”

Carolyn moved to Wenatchee around 1997 years and was the Head Coach at Eastmont High School for 10 years.  In Wenatchee she has been able to coach in various summer league programs.  She also continues to coach and swim with the Masters program here in Wenatchee.  She invites any parents who are bored at 5AM to please feel free to come join in the swimming fun at the WHS pool.