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Leah Smith
Leah  Smith

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Oakland Catholic

Height:
5-10

Event:
Free

07/02/2016

Leah Smith Qualifies for Rio Olympics in 800m Free

Cavaliers finish action at Olympic Trials

06/29/2016

Leah Smith Officially Punches Ticket to Rio Olympics

Rising senior swimmer finishes third in 200m freestyle final

06/27/2016

Leah Smith Qualifies for Olympic Games in 400m Freestyle

Rising senior swimmer finishes second in 400m free

06/06/2016

Smith Wins Three Events at Arena Pro Series in Indianapolis

Rising senior swimmer moves up to No. 2 in world rankings in 400m free

04/25/2016

13 Cavaliers Named to All-ACC Academic Team

Four student-athletes named for third time

07/01/2016

Cavalier Swimmers Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

A total of 34 swimmers with ties to Virginia competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

2015 World Champion
2014, 2015 US National Team Member

2014 ACC Freshman of the Year
Four-time individual NCAA Champion - Most by a Virginia student-athlete (all sports)

NCAA Champion (4)
2016:
500 Free, 1,650 Free 
2015: 500 Free, 1,650 Free

All-American (11)
2016:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2015:
 200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay (HM)
2014: 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay, 500 Free (HM)

ACC Champion (10)
2016:
500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2015:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2014:
500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay

All-ACC (12)
2016:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2015:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2014:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay

Virginia Career Bests

200 Free:
1:42.87 (2nd all-time at UVa)
500 Free: 4:30.37 (NCAA, ACC and UVA Record - 2nd-fastest performer in history)
1000 Free: 9:20.15 (NCAA, ACC and UVA Record - 4th-fastest performer in history)
1650 Free: 15:25.30 (NCAA, ACC and UVA Record - 3rd-fastest performer in history)

2015-16
• NCAA Champion in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650 free
• All-America honors in the 200 free, placing sixth at NCAAs
• Earned All-America honors leading off the fifth-place 800 free relay that broke the ACC and UVA record (6:55.25)
• ACC Champion in the 500 free, 1,650 free and the 800 free relay
• Set NCAA record in the 1,650 free (15:25.30) and set NCAA record in the 1,000 free (9:20.15) during the mile
• All-ACC performer in the 200 free, placing second in a career-best time of 1:42.87, which ranks second on UVA's all-time list
• Went undefeated in the 500 free (9 races), 1,000 free (4 races) and the 1,650 free (3 races) the entire season
• Also won the 200 free at the Georgia Fall Invitational and against Notre Dame, NC State and North Carolina
• Represented the United States at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
• Won the 800-meter freestyle at the Duel in the Pool
• Named to All-ACC Academic Team
• Honored with IMP Award as Virginia's top female student-athlete of the year

2014-15

• NCAA Champion in the 500 free and 1,650 free
• Finalist for the Honda Award
• Set an NCAA, ACC and UVa record in the 500 free (4:30.37) during prelims at the NCAA Championships
• Set a new ACC and UVa record in the 1,650 free (15:34.46) at NCAAs
• Earned All-America honors in the 200 free, placing seventh at NCAAs
• Also earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 800 free that finished ninth at NCAAs
• ACC Champion in 200 free, 500 free and 1,650 free
• Part of ACC Champion 800 free relay that broke the ACC and UVa record in 7:00.93
• Set a new career-best in the 200 free (1:43.80) at NCAAs
• Went undefeated in the 500 free (12 races), 1,000 free (2 races) and 1,650 free (4 races) the entire season
• Also won the 200 free against NC State
• Named to the All-ACC Academic Team
• Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll
• World Champion with the U.S. 4x200m free relay at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia
• Represented the U.S. at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea
• Earned gold in the 400m free and 4x200m free relay
• Placed fourth in the 200m free
• Broke the World University Games record in the 400m free with a time of 4:04.66.

2013-14
• 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year
• Earned All-America honors with a third-place finish in the 1,650 free in a school-record time of 15:42.04 at NCAA Championships, 11th-fastest in history (seventh-fastest American in history)
• Her 1,000 split in that mile was a school-record 9:30.19
• Led off the 800 free relay that placed fifth at NCAAs, earning All-America honors
• Took home Honorable Mention All-America honors with a ninth-place finish in the 500 free in 4:33.65, the third-fastest time in the NCAA and 10th-fastest in history (eighth-fastest American in history)
• Also placed 17th in the 200 free at NCAAs
• ACC Champion in the 500 free and 1650 free
• Led off the 800 free relay that was ACC Champion and broke the school record in 7:01.39
• Earned All-ACC honors with a second-place finish in the 200 free
• Won the 200 and 500 free and placed second in the 1,650 free at the Ohio State Invite
• Picked up 12 dual-meet wins (200 free - 2x, 400m free - 1x, 500 free - 3x, 800m free - 1x, 1000 free - 3x, 1650 free - 1x, 400 IM - 1x)
• Represented the United States at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia
• Won gold as part of the 4x200m free relay at the Pan Pacific Championships
• Finished ninth in the 400m free and 800m free at 2014 Pan Pacs
• Finished in the top six in four events at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships
• Placed third in the 200m free and 400m free, fifth in the 1,500m free and sixth in the 800m free
• Named to the U.S. National Team for three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free), one of seven athletes to accomplish the feat

Background
• Placed 12th in the 800m free and 14th in the 400m free at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
• Gold medalist and record holder in 400m free and 800m free and bronze medalist in 200m free at 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships
• 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships Swimmer of the Meet
• Also competed in 200m free at Trials
• Silver medalist in 400m free and bronze medalist in 800m free at 2011 Winter National Championships
• Member of the 2012-13 U.S. National Junior Team
• USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
• Member of the National Honor Society
• Scholastic All-American

Personal
• Daughter of Margee and Dan Smith
• Has two older siblings, Aileen and Daniel, and a younger brother, Neal
• Father, Dan, was a pole vaulter at UVa from 1982-86
• Sister, Aileen, is a swimmer for Columbia
• Comes from a rich family tradition of professional and collegiate athletes, including World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion Billy Conn (great uncle) and World Series Champion Jimmy Smith (great-grandfather)

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