Today we sat down with Coach Brenna Broadus to get her insights on this year’s team, and learn more about her background. Being in her second year of coaching the Flying Fish, she was able to provide greater context on the development of the team, as well as the differences in dynamics and attitudes present with a new Head Coach. Brenna shared which age-groups are worth watching develop throughout the season, as well as a few personal preferences when it comes to team activities outside of the pool. We enjoyed getting to know Brenna better, and hopefully you will as well!
Brenna grew up living and swimming in Charlottesville, VA, where she competed in their local summer swim league for Fry’s Spring Beach Club (*This is the same team that Overlee Alum, Ryan Baker, is currently coaching for). She continued to swim year round for a club team, as well as her high school–Western Albemarle High School–before going off to compete on the Denison Varsity Swim Team with another Overlee alumna, Sarah Dinardo. Though competing in the NCAA Division III level, the Denison Big Red Women’s program is one of the elite programs in the country, with several National Championships to show for itself, and 10 straight top-4 finishes at the National Championship meet! As a swimmer, Brenna could do it all, swimming IM, Butterfly, and sprint Freestyle, which is quite the range for a swimmer at the highest level of competition.
Since graduating, Brenna has dedicated herself to coaching swimming. Throughout the year, she is an age-group (12-under) coach for Machine Aquatics, working with their top-tier young athletes who swim on the Machine National Team. Brenna is in her second year coaching at Overlee, and has found a true love for the Orange and White. We are lucky to have this accomplished swimmer and coach work with our athletes, given her wealth of experience in competitive and developmental swimming!