Arizona Native Samantha Fazio Transferring From Georgia to ASU

Junior-to-be Samantha Fazio is transferring from Georgia to Arizona State after two years with the Bulldogs. She is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, and is returning home.

Fazio discussed her decision to transfer with us, citing family as a primary reason.

“The past two years at UGA were unforgettable. I cannot stress enough what an amazing experience it was to be apart of the Bulldog family. I felt that attending ASU would allow me to be closer to family, as well as be apart of another amazing program. Looking to the future, I’m hoping to take what I’ve learned and contribute all I can to my new team. Go Devils!”

In high school Fazio earned All-America status in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. She had a pair of runner-up finishes at the 2013 Arizona State Championships in the 50 free and 100 back, and was 2nd and 3rd in the same events in 2014.

She qualified for the SEC Championships during her freshman year with the Bulldogs, placing 38th in the 100 back and 40th in the 50 free.

Her SCY best times are as follows, with her fastest since entering college in September of 2015 in parentheses where applicable.

  • 50 free – 22.67 (23.24)
  • 100 free – 49.69 (51.13)
  • 200 free – 1:53.31
  • 100 back – 55.72 (57.07)

Fanzio is a good depth addition for an up-and-coming ASU women’s team. A return to her pre-college form would put her in position to chip in some points at Pac-12s in the 50 and 100 free, and potentially place her on the sprint relays.

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5 years ago

The hardest working swimmer I know. Beyond proud of you Fazio

Reply to  Swim
5 years ago

The stats for Fazio need to be updated, she was state champ in the 50, 2015….

5 years ago

When it rains, it pours, in Arizona.

Reply to  CBswims
5 years ago

This is a case of a young woman transferring back in-state to ASU. Your comment comes across as seeming to bash UA.

Reply to  Sean
5 years ago

I was overly vague – caught up in my spin on words. It wasn’t to bash any program, only to say there’s been a lot more movement than in typical years… when it rains, it pours.

5 years ago

Fazio and Toris two of our states brightest who couldn’t shine as hard in college

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

Fazio had shoulder issues. she’s on the mend and back in the water from what I hear… will be fun to watch…

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Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

What does “shine hard” mean? I don’t think hard can be used to quantify or describe the level or magnitude of how much something shines.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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