McPherson High School announced Wednesday the hiring of Abby Bradstreet as the new head girls swimming coach.

McPherson High School announced Wednesday the hiring of Abby Bradstreet as the new head girls swimming coach.
Bradstreet joins MHS after serving as an assistant with the McPherson Aqua Pups this past summer. Prior to that, she was an assistant for the Manhattan Marlins swim team, as well as both an assistant and head coach for the Garden City Seahawks program.
She takes over the Bullpups from former coach Bonnie Sue Fisher, who is departing for Colorado after rebuilding the MHS program.
“[Fisher] has done an amazing job with the program,” Bradstreet said. “And the McPherson community, as a whole, is amazing, in that they support all athletics.”
Bradstreet graduated from Garden City High School, where she built a strong resume. She was team captain, qualified for the state championships twice and earned all-conference and all-area honors all four years of high school.
Bradstreet also held two GCHS school records, including as part of the 200-yard freestyle relay, which was set in 2005.
Collegiately, Bradstreet graduated Kansas State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in both Leadership Studies and Kinesiology. She also earned endorsements in English as a Second Language, Physical Education and Health and coaching.
Bradstreet, who is entering her second year as a fifth grade teacher Eisenhower Elementary School, is familiar with McPherson swimming, as she has worked with Fisher on the Aqua Pups, and has been able to pick the former coach’s brain a little about the Bullpups.
“We’ve talked about the traditions that she’s started that the girls really seem to like,” Bradstreet said. “I’m plan on continuing those, as well as looking forward to making it my own, as well.”
While she will start with the girls team only, Bradstreet doesn’t rule out eventually taking over the boys team, as well.
She does feel that swimming is an under-the-radar sport, and has some plans to change that, including starting an inter-mural program for adults and interested high school students who want to learn more about the sport she has so much passion for.
“I’ve been swimming since I was seven years old,” Bradstreet said. “Swimming is the love of my life.”

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