ABBIE FISH

Founder/Technique Coach

ABBIE FISH

Founder/Technique Coach

Abbie started Swim Like A. Fish in 2019 after 25 years of success in competitive swimming and 12+ years of Elite swim coaching. During their swimming career, Abbie was a 6x Olympic Trial Qualifier, SEC Finalist, NCAA Qualifier, and 2x USA Junior National Champion. On top of that, Abbie started coaching as they were studying for their masters degree and still competing. Abbie is a University of Georgia “Double Dawg” – where they swam and graduated with their M.S. and B.S. degrees in Exercise Science. It was a very natural transition for them from being the one in the water – to – the one standing on deck.

Abbie has worked with thousands of swimmers (including over 100 Olympians and Paralympians) across the world – through virtual coaching, clinics, conferences, camps, and lessons. Abbie is a consistent speaker at the ASCA World Clinic, ISCA Conference, and CSCAA Conventions. Currently, Abbie is a Sport Science Consultant Swimming Singapore. With their plethora of swimming knowledge, Abbie would describe themselves as a huge swimming nerd at heart. They love anything that has to do with stroke mechanics and underwater filming. Their favorite place to be on earth is sitting at the bottom of a pool.

Abbie’s goal with Swim Like A. Fish is to help any coach or swimmer (no matter their age or location) get faster through great stroke technique education.

“Training is Science, but Coaching is Art.” – Unknown

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COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS:
  • USA Swimming Coach
  • ASCA Level II
  • USMS Level I and II
  • Certified Pool Operator
  • RedCross Lifeguard + CPR/First Aid Instructor 
  • RedCross Lifeguard + CPR/First Aid
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
 
CAREER SUMMARY:
  • Coached hundreds of State Champions, Sectional, Futures, Juniors, and National and USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
  • Prominent Olympians & Paralympians I’ve worked closely with: Allison Schmitt, Melanie Margalis, Nic Fink, Shannon Vreeland, Bruno Fratus, Matt Target, Lindsay Grogan, Lydia Jacoby, Jamal Hill, Colleen Young, Mckenzie Coan, Lizzie Smith, and Sophia Herzog.
  • I’ve coach swimmers from: Wales, Canada, Mexico, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Croatia, India, Brazil, Mozambique, Africa, Singapore, Alaska, England, and South Africa.
  • US States I’ve ran camps in: Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, California, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida, Minnesota, Indiana, and Colorado.
  • College Teams I’ve worked with: Vanderbilt University, Florida Gulf Coast University, SWOCC, Bellarmine University, University of Georgia, San Jose State University, University of Alabama, University of Louisville, and Georgia Southern.
  • Club Teams: Triton Swimming, Kentucky Aquatics, Lakeside Swim Team, Cardinal Aquatics, E-town Dolphins, Athens Bulldogs Swim Club, Riverside Aquatic Club, Ensworth Aquatic Club, Nashville Aquatic Club, Excel Aquatic Club, Gulliver Prep Swim Team, Valdosta Aquatic Club, Ensworth Masters Swim Team, Sun Prairie Storm, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, The Bay Clubs, Grand Rapids Christian High School, and Asheville’s JCC Swim Team.
 
CURRENT & PREVIOUS COACHING POSITIONS:
  • Consultant for Swimming Singapore, 2022 – Present
  • Assistant Coach at Lakeside Masters Swim Team, 2023 – Present
  • Owner of Swim Like A. Fish, 2019 – Present
  • Assistant Coach at Triton Swimming of Louisville, 2019 – 2022 & 2024 – Present
  • Consultant for U.S. Paralympic Swimming, 2022 – 2023
  • RITTER Sports Performance, 2016-2019
  • Assistant Pool Manager at Jacobs Aquatic Center, 2016-2018
  • Expert Stroke Technician at the Race Club, 2015-2016
  • Technology Coordinator at Nashville Aquatic Club, 2014-2015
  • National Team Intern at USA Swimming, 2014
  • Assistant Coach at Athens Bulldogs Swim Club, 2011-2014
  • Volunteer Coach at University of Georgia, 2011-2014
COACHING STAFF & SWIM CAMP HISTORY:
  • 2023 – Assistant Coach of Four Corner Coaches Clinic at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2023 – Head Coach of Asheville JCC Stroke Clinic
  • 2023 – Lead Coach of University of Alabama’s Swim Camp
  • 2023 – Lead Coach of the Naval Academy Swim Camp
  • 2023 – Head Coach of Dan Fawcett Memorial Swim Camp in Anchorage, AK
  • 2023 – USA Swimming Western Regional Diversity Select Camp Assistant Coach in San Jose, CA
  • 2023 – Head Coach for ISCA East Elite Showcase Classic Camp in St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2022 – Head Coach for Granite Falls Mako Swim Camp in Granite Falls, NC
  • 2023, 2022 – Head Coach for Tsunami Swim Camp in Seward, AK
  • 2022 – High Performance Consultant for Para World Championship Team in Madeira, Portugal
  • 2022 – Coaching Staff at Paralympic World Series in Indianapolis, IN
  • 2022 – High Performance Consultant for the Alaska Senior Championships in Sitka, AK
  • 2022 – High Performance Staff at Paralympic National Team Camp in Fort Myers, FL (Jan.), Colorado Springs (July), & Colorado Springs (Nov)
  • 2022 – Head Coach for South Carolina LSC’s Age Group Select Camp
  • 2022 – High Performance Staff at Alaskan Senior Championships in Sitka, AK
  • 2021 – Head Coach for Georgia LSC’s Age Group Select Camp
  • 2019 – Coach at Kentucky House of Delegates Meeting (Camp & Panel)
 
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, CONFERENCES, & WRITING FEATURES:
  • 2023 Australia Swim Teachers and Coaches Association Speaker in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 & 2019 College Swim Coaches Association Convention Speaker
  • 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, & 2018 Speaker at American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic
  • 2022 – Model for Speedo Pride Shoot
  • 2022 – Speaker at the Minnesota State High Schools Swim Coaches Coaches Clinic
  • 2022 – Speaker at International Swim Coaches Association in Tampa, FL
  • 2022 – Speaker at Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic in Napa, CA 
  • 2021 – Speaker at Pacific Masters Swimming – Freestyle Flipturns
  • 2021 – Speaker at Metropolitan Swimming LSC – The College Recruiting Process
  • 2021  -Speaker at Georgia LSC Meeting – Explosive Starts
  • 2021 – Speaker at Pacific Masters Swimming – Tips & Tricks to the Freestyle Kick
  • 2021 – Speaker at Kentucky Swimming Diversity & Inclusion Camp
  • 2020 – Speaker at World Aquatic Health Conference
  • 2020 – Speaker at Idaho Swimming LSC – Why Swim Coaching?
  • 2020 – Speaker at Kentucky Swimming LSC – Get Your Mindsight Back
  • 2020 – Speaker at Alaska Swim Coaches LSC – Benefits of Race Analysis
  • 2019 – Featured Cover Story of Starting Block Magazine (Issue #14)
  • 2018 – Diver Alert Magazine Winter Publication: Suspension Training for Swimmers
  • 2017 – Present Contributor & Content Creator for Australia Swim Coaches and Teachers Association Magazine
  • 2017 – Diver Alert Magazine Summer Publication: Group Fitness At The Pool
  • 2016-2022 Video and Content Producer for United States Masters Swimming – Freelance2023 
 

Education

COLLEGE:
  • M.S. & B.S. Degrees in Exercise Science
  • 2008-2013 University of Georgia Athletic Scholarship
  • 2014, 2013 NCAA Champions 
  • 2012, 2011, 2009 NCAA runner ups 
  • NCAA Qualifier
  • 2012, 2011, 2010 SEC Team Champions 
  • SEC Finalist
  • CSCAA All-American Scholar
  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
  • Dean’s List
HIGH SCHOOL:
  • 2022 Inducted into the Dupont Manual High School Hall of Fame 
  • 6x Olympic Trial Qualifier
  • 2x USA Junior National Champion
  • Clocked the 7th Fastest time in the USA for the 200 Butterfly (2007)
  • 2008 Lakeside Swim Team Captain
  • 2008 Kentucky Athlete of the Year
  • 2006 Junior National 400 FR Relay Champs
  • 2006 Junior National Team Champions
  • 4x High School Team State Champions (Women’s & Combined)
  • 200 Freestyle Kentucky State Record Holder
  • 2x 200 Freestyle Individual State Champion
  • 4x Kentucky Scholar Athlete
  • 4x Voted Most Valuable Player
  • Nominated Most School Spirited 
Abbie Fish doing an in-person training with a swimmer.
MY SKILLS :
Swimming
97%
Fitness
85%
Lip Syncing Pop Music (aka Justin Bieber)
100%
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