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FIONA O'DONNELL-McCARTHY

Fiona started swimming at the age of seven on a YMCA team in Ohio. Every 8 & under girl's
record was held by Beth Washut who went on to swim at Stanford, and at a young age Fiona
decided she wanted to achieve the same. In high school Fiona swam for the Lake Erie Silver
Dolphins age group team while attending Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio. She was an
eight-time Ohio State Champion and set multiple individual and relay state records.

Fiona attended Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in
cognitive neuroscience, and was a two-time All-American swimmer in 2007 and 2008. She
also swam the 50 and 100 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke in the 2008 Olympic Trials. As
a masters swimmer, Fiona is a 16-time national champion. Her greatest ambition for her
masters career is to compete in the 95-99 age group at USMS national championships!

Fiona considers herself a swimming nerd and is constantly tinkering her own
stroke, training strategies and technique. Her coaching style is heavily influenced by
Total Immersion and the numerous clinics she participated in as an age-group swimmer.
Fiona has taught individual lessons for almost 20 years working with all ability levels
from learn-to-swim children & adults to athletes preparing for the Special Olympics
and triathletes looking to improve their swimming ability.

Outside the pool you can find Fiona in the ocean surfing or swimming (this is why she lives
on an island!). Professionally she advises and invests in early-stage technology companies.

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