Drew Loy

Big 10 Champion

Drew is a former Ohio State University standout training in Gainesville with Gregg Troy’s pro group.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Fike Swim team!  Getting the chance to work with a dynamic and innovative company has me looking forward to the future!” said Drew.

Like so many swimmers in the spring of 2020, Drew was denied his chance for a championship meet due to NCAAs being cancelled shortly after Big 10 Championships.  At that meet, though, Drew showed a glimpse of his potential, picking up 1st in the 200IM with a 1:41 and 1st in the 200 Free with a 1:31.  Those times rank him 24th and 22nd all-time, respectively, in those events.  But just as impressive as his times is his work outside of the pool for suicide awareness and prevention through a group called Grantspeed R.A.K., which stands for Random Acts of Kindness.  After losing his best friend to suicide in high school, Drew has been a strong advocate for mental health, which is needed now more than ever.

“We’re lucky to have Drew on our team.  Not only is he an incredible swimmer who has Olympic potential, but he’s also a great person.  He’s selfless, hard-working, down to Earth.  He fits very well with who we are.” said Fike Swim founder, James Fike.

Drew Loy

Big 10 Champion

Drew is a former Ohio State University standout training in Gainesville with Gregg Troy’s pro group.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Fike Swim team!  Getting the chance to work with a dynamic and innovative company has me looking forward to the future!” said Drew.

Like so many swimmers in the spring of 2020, Drew was denied his chance for a championship meet due to NCAAs being cancelled shortly after Big 10 Championships.  At that meet, though, Drew showed a glimpse of his potential, picking up 1st in the 200IM with a 1:41 and 1st in the 200 Free with a 1:31.  Those times rank him 24th and 22nd all-time, respectively, in those events.  But just as impressive as his times is his work outside of the pool for suicide awareness and prevention through a group called Grantspeed R.A.K., which stands for Random Acts of Kindness.  After losing his best friend to suicide in high school, Drew has been a strong advocate for mental health, which is needed now more than ever.

“We’re lucky to have Drew on our team.  Not only is he an incredible swimmer who has Olympic potential, but he’s also a great person.  He’s selfless, hard-working, down to Earth.  He fits very well with who we are.” said Fike Swim founder, James Fike.

Q&A with

Drew Loy

Q: Who is your coach and which team do you compete for?

A: "Right now I am training with the Gator Pro Club down in Gainesville, Florida under Coach Troy. It’s been such a great opportunity for me and I am so grateful to be a part of the group!"


Q: How did you get into swimming?

A: "I started swimming competitively when I was 4 years old.  My first meet ever was a LCM meet in Illinois.  At first my parents put me in swimming to keep me from bouncing off the walls with my endless energy."


Q: What is your favorite event?

A: "My favorite event would have to be the 100 fr LCM. It’s a really hard event but is the most fun to work on in practice."


Q: How many yards per week do you train?

A: "The amount of yards that I do really depends on the time of year. When I’m training for aerobic capacity I’m usually in the range of 7-8 thousand a practice. Once I get farther into the season it’ll drop a few thousand. "


Q: What does your favorite set look like?

A: "As a mid distance swimmer, I did a lot of pace sets in college to train for the 200 fr and 200 IM.  Typically I would hold around 22.5 - 23.0 on 50’s pace short course."


Q: What are your competition goals?

A: "Right now the main focus is to train for the 2021 Olympics and try to make the team next summer! But I have a lot of goals along the way."


Q: What are your practice goals to help you reach your race goals?

A: "Lately one of the things I’ve been working on is getting stronger outside of the pool. Right now there aren’t a lot of upcoming competitions so it’s a really good time to work on strength and technique in the pool."


Q: Favorite dryland exercise?

A: "I love lifting and doing dry land as extra training away from the pool. I really enjoy explosive movements like power-cleans and vertical jumps."


Q: Favorite post-workout meal?

A: "My favorite post workout meal is usually a high-calorie smoothie with some protein powder. I can digest the nutrients fast and use them to recover quickly."


Q: Swimmer role model and why

A: "Everyone remembers the legendary 4 x 100 freestyle relay when Jason Lezak won it for the United States. Relays have always been my favorite races to swim so watching that when I was 10 made me want to be on a relay like that some day."

Q: Something most people don't know about you

A: "I come from a very large family! I am the youngest of 7, and I have 8 nieces and nephews!"

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