Founder/Technique Coach


Founder/Technique Coach

Abbie started Swim Like A. Fish in 2019 after 25 years of success in competitive swimming and 10+ years and counting of elite swim coaching. During her swimming career, Abbie tried out for the Olympics, 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 in graduate school and still training. It was a natural transition for them from being the one in the water – to – the one on deck.

Abbie is a University of Georgia “Double Dawg” – where they swam and graduated with their M.S. and B.S. degrees in Exercise Science. Abbie is a big swimming nerd at heart, and loves everything when it comes to stroke mechanics, underwater video, and swimming technique. Abbie’s goal with Swim Like A. Fish is to help any coach or swimmer (no matter their age) get faster through stroke technique education.

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

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  • 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
  • Consultant for U.S. Paralympic Swimming, 2022 – Present
  • Assistant Coach at Triton Swimming of Louisville, 2019 – Present
  • Swim Like A. Fish, 2019 – Present
  • 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
  • Coached hundreds of state champions, sectional qualifiers, futures, juniors, and national 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, Robert Griswold, and Sophia Herzog.
  • I’ve coach swimmers in: Wales, Canada, Mexico, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Croatia, Brazil, Mozambique, Africa, Singapore, Alaska, England, and South Africa.
  • College Teams I’ve worked with: Vanderbilt University, SWOCC, Bellarmine University, University of Georgia, 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, and Grand Rapids Christian High School
  • 2022 Model for Speedo Pride Shoot
  • 2022 Speaker the Minnesota State High Schools Swim Coaches Coaches Clinic
  • 2022 Coaching Staff at Paralympic World Series in Indianapolis, IN
  • 2022 Speaker at International Swim Coaches Association in Tampa, FL
  • 2022 Speaker at Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic in Napa, CA
  • 2022 High Performance Staff at Paralympic National Team Camp in Fort Myers, FL 
  • 2022, 2021, 2020 & 2019 College Swim Coaches Association Convention
  • 2022 High Performance Staff at Alaskan Senior Championships in Sitka, AK
  • 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, & 2018 Speaker at American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic 
  • 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 Coach at Kentucky House of Delegates Meeting (Camp & Panel)
  • 2019 Featured on Cover of Starting Block Magazine (Issue #14)
  • 2017 – Present Contributor & Content Creator for Australia Swim Coaches and Teachers Association Magazine
  • 2016-2022 Video and Content Producer for United States Masters Swimming – Freelance


  • 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
  • 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 


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