Coaches & Directors

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.

Coaching Staff

Cathy Elgas

Coach Cathy


Cathy is married and has 3 children.  Ashley is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Justine is an attorney, and Alex graduated from Cal Poly Slo and is in paramedic school pursuing a Medic/firefighter career.  With her children grown, Cathy has a lot of time to help bring the Manta Ray team to a top contender.

Cathy began swimming for the Woodland Swim Team in Northern California at the age of 8 and continued swimming with that same team until college.  Cathy comes from a family of swimmers (the 50 meter pool in Woodland where she grew up has since been named after her father Charles Brooks)  her daughters Ashley and Justine both went on to swim at NCAA Division 1 programs,  UC Davis and Loyola Marymount University.  As a young swimmer, Cathy held multiple pool and team records as well as competing at high level meets.  A top finalist at sectional championship meets as well as competing in her first Junior National championship meet at age 14 in Ithaca New York were highlights.   Cathy went on to swim at NCAA Division 1 San Diego State and enjoyed the college team and travels.  

In 1997 Cathy was hired on to coach the Granite hills high school swim team.  After 4 years of developing a team who had not won in a very long time, Cathy developed the team to a top high school swim team. Starting in 2002, Cathy lead the Granite hills swim team to 10 consecutive league championships with a record of 90 wins and 1 tie.  During her time as head girls coach, Cathy has received the honor of being named CIF coach of the year, Granite hills coach of the year, league coach of the year and coached a CIF champion, as well as numerous top 6 finalist.  

Cathy had a vision of a new pool at Granite.  With a lot of help from the district, Granite hills principal, administration and a lot of parent volunteers, the dream became a reality in 2012.  With the new pool, there are endless possibilities.  

While Cathy has been coaching high school swimmers and teaching little ones how to swim for years, Manta Ray Aquatics (MRA) is a new venture for her.  In just a little over a year, MRA has grown to one of the larger teams in the county.   This is a tribute to the fantastic families MRA is lucky to have!

Coach Carrie

Coach Carrie


D Cook

Coach Danielle


Aubrey Bailey

Coach Aubrey


Aubrey is a native San Diegan and was one of our very first coaches at MRA.  Aubrey has been swimming for over 15 years and has coached different teams and teaching swim lessons since 2012.  She recently graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, where she studied Exercise Science and Nutrition.  While at Southern she competed on their swim team specializing in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly, backstroke and IM events.  She is a multiple time Northeast 10 conference champion in the 100 butterfly and helped her team win their conference titles in 2017 and 2018. 
    Aubrey holds multiple club team, Granite Hills High School, and SCSU records.  Aubrey was the captain of her high school team and swam for Coach Cathy during her four years at Granite.  She was also a part of one of the last Granite Hills classes to win a league title.  Aubrey was recognized as her high school team’s “Most Promising Freshmen” and “MVP” two times.  Aubrey has been a part of multiple Zone and All-Star teams.
    Aubrey is excited to be back coaching with the Manta Rays.  She is ready to instill great technique, a hard-working attitude, and the love for the sport of swimming in all of the swimmers in Level 2.