Tennessee Post-Grad Maddy Banic Swims 50.6 in 100 Yard Fly in Practice (VIDEO)

University of Tennessee post-grad Maddy Banic swam a 50.69 in the 100 yard fly on Friday during practice.

Swimming in the school’s older indoor pool, without a wedge on the blocks, Banic put on a (competition legal) race suit and cut half-a-second off her lifetime best in the event.

She swam her previous best time in the 100 fly in November of 2015, during her freshman season at Tennessee.

After that big freshman season, Banic had ups-and-downs in the pool during her time as a Tennessee undergraduate. Her only best times in yards in the last 2 years have been in the breaststroke events, where at a Last Chance Meet during her senior season she dropped time in both the 100 and 200 yard races.

Her best time during the 2018-2019 college season, her senior year, was 52.05 at the SEC Championships.

In total, Banic collected 12 All-America certificates in her Tennessee career and won 9 SEC titles, including the 50 free individually in 2017 as a sophomore.

2020 started out strong for Banic in long course, however. At the Pro Swim Series meet in Knoxville in January, she swam a lifetime best of 26.01 in the 50 free, and another lifetime best of 59.95 in the 100 fly.

She swam at 2 International Swimming League meets last season representing the LA Current, both as a relay-only swimmer, including in the Las Vegas finale.

Banic has been very open about the mental health challenges she faced throughout her swimming career, including depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse.

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1 year ago

Wow amazing swim – In that old slow pool this time would be more like 49.6 in deep water with wedge block!

Reply to  SwimFan
1 year ago

Honest question—does it make that much difference?

Either way congrats on a big swim Maddy!!

Reply to  VFL
1 year ago


1 year ago

Beat that Schooling

1 year ago

Impressive! Glad she is on an upward trajectory. Excited to see how she fares coming into this Olympic year.

1 year ago

This is truly awesome. How many coaches are patient enough to work with kids 5 years to see .5 seconds improvement and how many young adults are willing and passionate enough to stick with it. Mind you, .5 seconds at that level can make all the difference. Serious props to both Matt and Maddy. Good to see positive outcomes after shutdown. Hopefully this encourages everyone.

Reply to  CoachD
1 year ago

Love this viewpoint!

1 year ago

Awesome to see her swimming fast!

B Guy
1 year ago

Went past 15 on start. Shocker

Derigan Silver
1 year ago

I hope coaches are thinking deeply about how they have changed practices since being back in the water and wether time off is beneficial to swimmers. Seems like time off + shorter practices + lack of distraction at practice because of social distancing + lack of pressure is paying off for some swimmers. I’ll be curious to see how many programs use what they have learned and how many race back to the old ways.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Derigan Silver
1 year ago

Not to mention being able to actually swim fly with less threat of smacking arms in a crowded lane of circle swimmers.

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