Maddy is a former University of Tennessee standout who continues to train with the Lady Vols and competes for Tennessee Elite.
“Maddy is exactly the type of swimmer I look for to represent Fike Swim. Her tenacity and passion for swimming is second to none. She has experienced so much in her career and her journey is an inspiration. I want to be behind her, helping her to tell her story of overcoming adversity and to reach her goals.” -James Fike
Maddy Banic's swimming accomplishments include:
- 9x SEC Champion
- NCAA Champion
- LA Current Member
- 18x NCAA All-American
- Captain of the Lady Vols
"Being innovative and trying new ideas was a way of life for me throughout my collegiate swimming career. When I heard that Fike Swim lives by the motto “Swim Different”, I knew this was a movement I wanted to get behind. Fike Swim challenges me in new ways of thinking all while supporting me as a professional athlete. I am excited to see this company grow in the sport!” -Maddy
Q&A with Maddy Banic
Q: Who is your coach and which team do you compete for?
A: "I currently train with Tennessee Elite under Coach Matt Kredich and I've represented LA Current in the ISL."
Q: How did you get into swimming?
A: "I got into swimming when I was around 9 years old. I grew up playing lots of sports and being very active. I remember begging my mom to let me join the swim team with my friends so I could “play” with them more during the day. I swam on many YMCA teams growing up, but I did not take swimming very seriously until I was about 16 years old. That is when I decided to get serious about the sport and I joined a USA Swimming club team."
Q: What is your favorite event?
A: "Short course is the 50 free, but long course is the 100 fly."
Q: How many yards per week do you train?
A: "Anywhere between 35,000 and 45,000."
Q: What does your favorite set look like?
A: "One of my favorite things about training at Tennessee is we don’t do your typical test sets every week like you see on other teams. The layout of each day is the same week to week but we always change up the sets which makes it interesting. I would have to say my favorite day would be Tuesdays because they are speed and power (and I love that as a sprinter). A common Tuesday for us looks like a 6:45-8:30am practice with stations. This typically includes some underwater rack progressions (4-6 racks underwater @:30, 4-6 racks sprint swim @:40, 2x25 sprint off rack @:50 - do that whole thing 2 or 3 times increasing weight), an underwater/ mid pool turn station, an underwater/relay start station (a relay start into a 25 underwater fast for time) and 25s fast with toys station. The afternoon practice is from 2:30-4:00 with a lift from 4:15-5:15ishpm. The swim is usually shorter but the focus is to do everything race pace. This will usually consist of a quick warmup into many rounds of 4-6 25s @:40 100 pace, a little recovery swim, and then 1-3 50s 100 pace. I typically train fly this afternoon and will hold 12-lows for the 25s and 25-mid for the 50s. After that we head to the weight room for a heavy leg lift."
Q: What are your competition goals?
A: "My 2020 goal is to get my name out there in the swimming world. I have my sights set on making the Olympic team, International teams and next year making another ISL team. I have started making real progress in my swimming, and after a few setbacks in the past years, I have finally gotten on a track I think will lead me to my full potential."
Q: What are your practice goals to help you reach your race goals?
A: "My training for 2020 has looked different than it has in past years. I’m learning as a post-grad swimmer that less is more for me. I don’t need to be grinding out yardage and super high aerobic sets to perform my best in a 50 free. My best swimming happens when I pick pieces in practice to really attack and race and WIN instead of trying to go all out for two hours. Learning how to turn speed off and on within a practice has opened new doors for my training."
Q: Favorite dryland exercise?
A: "My favorite dry land exercise is easily trap bar deadlifts. I love to throw around heavy weight, and the trap bar allows you to produce so much power without hurting your back (if you do it right). I also feel like I can really push my limits because if you’re going to fail you can just drop it and don’t have to worry about getting out of the way like some lifts."
Q: Favorite post-workout meal?
A: "My favorite meal of the day in general is breakfast and that usually happens after my workout! My go to is 3 scrambled eggs with cheese and Trader Joe’s green dragon salsa. I typically throw either some avocado toast or normal jelly toast in there with lots and lots of fruit. Finish it off with some French press coffee and mmmm you got a great recover meal with tons of protein, carbs and healthy fats!"
Q: Who is your swimming role model?
A: "I may be biased but one of my biggest swimmer role models would be my teammate Molly Hannis. I’ve been around Molly as a collegiate swimmer and post-grad for 5 years and she truly is a competitor. I get to see how hard she works on a daily basis and she pushes me every. single. day. She doesn’t leave things to chance, she decides she’s going to do something she does it. She is resilient, innovative and incredibly creative. I aspire to have her work ethic and “think outside the box” attitude in my swimming."
Q: Who is your non-swimming role model?
A: "I would have to say my non-swimming role model would be two of my old professors. Dr. Ashleigh Huffman was a professor for a program I went through at UT called VoLeaders. She taught me so much about how to be an empowering woman and helped bring out the best of my leadership ability. She now works for the US government and uses sport to unite nations across the world. My other role model would be Caitlin Ryan. She was my academic counselor (and also a professor for VoLeaders) but she became much more. Caitlin taught me how to be fearless, strong and committed to everything I do. She always had my back no matter how I was doing in the pool or in the classroom. She is definitely someone I look up to on a daily basis."
Q: Something most people don't know about you
A: "Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I aspire to be a public speaker when I am done swimming. I had a rather unorthodox and trying collegiate career that included leaving the sport I loved for some time to work on my mental health. I have a huge passion (almost as big as my passion for swimming) in sharing my story and my journey to hopefully inspire other swimmers who are going through something similar and to ultimately change the narrative around having a mental illness as an athlete."