Participant Success Story: Kieran Smith

By Fitter and Faster Staff

We take so much pride in hearing about the success of Fitter and Faster participants. Every year, we receive thousands of surveys, emails and tags in social media posts from attendees who tell us about their achievements.

This past Thursday, one of our former participants had an achievement that made the #2 highlight on ESPN’s Sport’s Center Top 10! Kieran Smith, a sophomore at The University of Florida broke the American record in the 500 Freestyle with an astounding 4:06 at the SEC Championship meet! Kieran grew up swimming under the fantastic coaching staff at Ridgefield Aquatic Club including Graham Bodner and Emmanuel Lanzo. Bodner recently became the Head Age Group Coach at Berkeley Aquatics in New Jersey!

Just short of three years ago, Kieran came to a Fitter & Faster Swim Camp led by Olympic medalist Connor Jaeger (pictured above). As a 16 year-old Kieran was already going going 4:22 in the 500 freestyle. He came to our camp to pick up whatever tips he could. He said that the clinic reinforced certain things he was doing correctly and some other things he can improve upon. One of the things that stuck out to him were some drills to “capitalize on high elbow/early catch”.

Watch Kieran’s video review of his Fitter and Faster experience

Watch Kieran’s record breaking 500 freestyle

There is no such thing as being too fast for a clinic or to pick up new perspectives, feedback, tips, etc. Information enables swimmers of all ages and abilities to build their “toolbox” and helps them development as a swimmer.

Congratulations to Kieran and his coaches! We can’t wait to see you race in Omaha this summer and beyond!