Coaches & Directors


This is an exciting year as we continue to build on a 20-year legacy of fun and fast swimming with the BWaves! I am honored to be back as your Head Coach for this upcoming summer. Bridlewood is, in my opinion, the best team in the PWSL and I look forward to leading the BWaves in the coming seasons.

The theme of this season is “Giddy Up!” as we celebrate a new chapter for the team with a new logo and some new faces around the deck. This season is going to be full of challenges as we face the toughest teams in the league, but each swim is another opportunity for our swimmers to improve and enjoy the competitive environment.

Many of you already know me and my coaching background, but for those unfamiliar, I want to take the time to tell you about my coaching philosophy. I am currently the Administrative Head Coach for Nation’s Capital Swim Club in the Prince William and Fauquier County areas, but I was born and raised in a summer league swimming environment--14 years’ worth of competitive swimming and 18 years as a head coach at 5 different summer league teams. Therefore, I’ve come to believe that success at the summer league level is not just about striving to win at swim meets…it’s about having fun in the water. Hard work and a commitment to learning the sport mixed with fun activities at practices and social functions, creates an atmosphere of positive attitudes and a winning feeling within the hearts of each swimmer.

We have put together a great coaching staff this summer to create a fantastic environment for the team members to learn and to have fun in. The goals of the coaching staff include developing the following skills for each swimmer:

  • A love of swimming
  • Excellent practice habits
  • A healthy competitive spirit
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • A positive social environment

Each swimmer steps onto the pool deck with unique skills and specific needs. My staff and I will work hard to emphasize the importance of consistent attendance at practices and meets to make sure that every swimmer has the chance to achieve these goals.

I cannot guarantee that we will go undefeated this season, but if we all commit ourselves to the team, yet not take swimming too seriously, I can promise you the best summer you’ve ever had as part of the BWaves! I am very grateful to be a part of the BWaves family and I look forward to seeing you on deck this summer!


Coach Kelsey returns to the team for her third year as a BWave, first year on the coaching staff. Her three children (Blake, Elyse, and Grant) all swim on the team and she's often seen on the side of the pool cheering them on - especially since they are in three different age groups. You may also recognized her as the fanny pack lady who has all the answers about swimming year round.

Her love of swimming began during her formative years as she swam competitively between the ages of 7 and 18 and was rekindled while watching her kids swim. She coached in Japan for two years and, upon moving to the area, established a formal dryland training program for Occoquan Swimming (OCCS) over the last three years. This past year, she coached with OCCS and we're happy to have her join the staff this year.

She is threatening to miss the end of the season because they are moving to Thailand, but we'll see about that. In the meantime, she's a great addition to the staff and if the kids get out of line, she knows plenty of interesting "stretches" and "exercises" to help them stay on track.








Alexandra Thorpe
Ashley Somma
Ashley Sontos
Bernie Kwari
Biaggio Corrado
Blake Eyre
Brandon Simmons

Daniel Gardner
Erin Quinn
Iman Mekonen
Jacob Neal
Kaelyn Chmielenski
Kelley Kropff
Lala Badaoui

Samantha Townsend
Sarah Yowell
Stephen Gilbert
Stephen Verosko
Sydney King
Zach Rowe

We are here to support your needs.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.