Casey Fanz didn’t take to the pool until she was ten years old, joining the summer swim league at her local YMCA. She immediately fell in love with the speed and energy of sprint swimming, and joined a year-round club team at age 12. Within three years, at age 15, Casey was an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 50-meter and 100-meter Freestyle. Casey shares her experience with Fitter & Faster clinic participants, including the pivotal moment that helped propel her to success at a young age. She says, “I had just turned 15 and had the opportunity to review video analysis of myself swimming the 50-yard free, an event with little room for error. My head was high, and my hips were low. At that moment, I made the connection between body alignment and performance. I hated that something so simple cost me time, and I wanted to correct it.”
Casey further shares that she began working on drills that improved her body alignment, and runs those drills with clinic participants. “Body alignment translates to everything you do in swimming. When your body is growing, you don’t always have that spatial awareness and understanding of body alignment or how it connects to your performance in the pool.” She used her new knowledge and focus to win the 50-meter free at NCSA Nationals which qualified her as a member of the 2014 NCSA All-American Team that competed in Ireland!
During her time as a coach for Triton Swimming, Casey worked with age group swimmers, ages eight through 12, and national team swimmers in high school. In that role, she observed that interacting with age group swimmers and teens is very different, and she brings that experience to Fitter & Faster clinics. “My role as a clinician is to assess participants’ personalities and meet each athlete where they are. Some kids are quiet and respond well to gentle encouragement; others are louder and like to joke around. The 13 and over swimmers are often there to be challenged and want to be pushed harder. I want each participant to feel seen and have their needs met.”