Casey Barrett

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Casey Barrett
Personal information
Full name Casey Barrett
National team  Canada
Born (1975-02-16) February 16, 1975 (age 42)
Montreal, Quebec
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly
Club Pacific Dolphins

Casey Barrett (born February 16, 1975) is a Canadian former competitive swimmer, Olympic athlete, writer, and the co-founder and co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, Inc, New York City's largest learn-to-swim program.[1]

Swimming career[edit]

Barrett learned to swim when he was four-years-old on Dorval Island, outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He started swimming competitively with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and later at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. In college, he was a nine-time All-American at the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University. In 1996, Barrett was a member of the Canadian Olympic swim team in Atlanta, where he placed 11th in the 200-metre butterfly.[2]

In 2002, Barrett co-founded Imagine Swimming, Inc. with partner, former German national team member and University of California, Berkeley alum, Lars Merseburg. The school teaches thousands of students each week, between the ages of 6 months and 12 years, at pools across Manhattan and Brooklyn, with a flagship location in TriBeCa.[3] Imagine Swimming also oversees the Manhattan Makos swim team, the Mako Polo water polo team, and the synchronized swimming team, Imagine Synchro.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Barrett has won three Emmy Awards and one Peabody Award for his work on NBC's coverage of the Olympics Games. At the 2004, 2006, and 2008 Games, he served as one of Bob Costas's Primetime Writers.[5] He currently writes the swimming blog "Cap & Goggles", which was founded in 2011 and relaunched in 2015. Barrett covers the aquatic arts, which includes news, books, art, and photography related to swimming.[6]


  1. ^ "Imagine Swimming". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  2. ^ "The Imagine Team". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Imagine Swimming". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Manhattan Makos". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Imagine Team". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "About Cap and Goggles". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 

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