Meet Our Coaches

 

 

   

Sarah Bradley, Head Coach, Pre-Comp I, Bronze I and Masters

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Coach Sarah grew up in Gresham, OR as a multi-sport athlete from age 8 (primary sports were swimming, water polo, and softball). She competed at the Jr. National level in water polo, traveling to competitions across the US, Canada, and Brazil. She then swam and played water polo for San Diego State University on a water polo scholarship, winning 3rd at Nationals in 1996 and 1997. Sarah started teaching swimming at age 16 and continued teaching and coaching in various capacities through college. In 2002 she became a certificated elementary school teacher, specializing in early elementary, Reading Specialist, and Special Education.  In 2010, Sarah became a Swim Lesson Coordinator, running a large learn to swim and developmental swim team program for about 10 years. During this time, she became actively involved in American Swim Coaches Association and United States Masters Swimming certification programs and trainings/clinics. Currently, ASCA and USMS coach level 3 certified.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and extended family and friends. Her son, who grew up as a competitive swimmer, is now an adult and has recently joined the US Navy.

 

Candi Eslinger, Assistant Coach, Gold 

Coach Eslinger brings over 30 years of competitive swimming and coaching experience to the Ellensburg Area Swim Team.  Growing up as a competitive swimmer, she swam through the ranks of age-group club swimming, high school swimming, and was a member of the CWU Swim Team from 1986-1988.  

 

Eslinger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion design from Central Washington University in 1991 and returned to earn a teaching degree in health education and family and consumer sciences education.

 

Before being hired as the Gold group for EAST, Eslinger was head coach of the Ellensburg High School Girls Swim Team from 2017-2021 & 2004-2006, she was the Head Coach for EAST from 1991-1999, 2006-2012, & 2014-2017. From 1999-2003 Eslinger was the Head Women’s & Men’s Swimming Coach at CWU. Eslinger has coached swimmers at all levels from Regionals, Zones, Sectionals, Junior and Senior National competition, and Collegiate Nationals.

 

 

Andrew Barashkoff, Assistant Coach, Silver I and Silver II

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I am excited to join the Ellensburg Area Swim Team! I grew up swimming and spending my time at the closest available pool, as a swimmer and later becoming a coach. I have participated on club teams, as well as competing in high school. I was proud to represent Newport high school at the state championships in the 100 back, 50 free, 100 free, and relays. As for coaching, I spent four years coaching summer league at Newport Hills. Also, I spent two years at Redmond high school coaching both the boys’ and girls’ seasons. Last year, I coached at Chinook aquatic club working with younger swimmers developing their technique and passion for the sport of swimming. My main goal of coaching is to provide the foundations of swimming by focusing on technique and building confidence in each swimmer regardless of ability.

 

Ellie Williams, Assistant Coach, Bronze I and PreComp I

I am so excited to be a part of the Ellensburg Area Swim Team! I began competitively swimming when I was 6 years old for the Mercer Island Beach Club in the Midlakes league. I started my club swimming career when I was 7, and throughout my career swam for Olympic Cascade Aquatics, Bellevue Club and King. In 2014 I had the honor of being chosen to be a part of Pacific Northwest Swimming’s Zone team, and have competed in meets all across the U.S.

I swam for Mercer Island High School’s girls swim and dive team for the entirety of my time in high school and was voted captain my senior year. I competed at the Washington State Championship swim meet and was a finalist each year of high school. Some of my favorite events are the 200 IM, 200 free and 500 free. From 2015 to today, I have enjoyed teaching swim lessons in Seattle and in Ellensburg.

Some of my other passions include aviation and spending time with my family and friends!