Powhatan (Virginia) High School student Casey Fanz will enter her senior season of high school with the stress of making a college choice already handled.
That’s because Fanz verbally committed on Sunday to swim at the University of Louisville, beginning in the fall of 2016. Before arriving on campus, however, she’ll have the opportunity to race at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
“I’m excited and blessed about my decision to attend the University of Louisville,” Fanz said. “I chose Louisville because I will be able to grow as a student and an athlete there. Coach Albiero and his staff are the head of a strong family and are committed to excellence in and out of the pool. I can’t wait to be a part of the Cardinal family and contribute to the team in any way that I can!”
Fanz is primarily a sprint freestyler and backstroker, which has been Louisville’s biggest recruiting needs for the last few years. In yards, her best times are:
- 50 free – 22.58
- 100 free – 50.56
- 100 back – 55.73
- 200 back – 2:00.84
- 100 fly – 56.16
Fanz’s best time in the 50 free would’ve already put her right along side Andrea Kneppers as the Cardinals’ #2 50 freestyler last season, and by the time she’s a sophomore Fanz should take over the top spot for the Cardinals that placed 8th in the 200 free relay at NCAA’s last year.
The Louisville backstroke group, even with the graduation of their top two Tanja Kylliainen and Erica Belcher, is healthier than it has been in years past, and next season should be led by Hannah Magnuson (53.75), who will be just a sophomore. But in a conference loaded with backstrokers, the Cardinal didn’t put any women into the A-Final of the 200 backstroke at last year’s ACC Championships, nor anybody into the A or B finals of the 100 backstroke.
Fanz will have to make improvements between now and the spring of 2017 to change that, however, her rapid improvements in high school show her potential. Coming into her junior season in the 100 backstroke, her best time was a 57.8, which she’s now dropped by two seconds.
Fanz trains with the club Poseidon Swimming.