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Leah Smith
Leah  Smith

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Oakland Catholic

Height:
5-10

Event:
Free/Fly/IM

02/02/2016

Smith Named ACC Female Swimmer of the Week

Junior swimmer won three events against NC State and North Carolina

12/12/2015

Bartholomew, Smith Help USA Win Duel in the Pool

Bartholomew part of world-record breaking 4x100m medley relay

12/08/2015

Leah Smith Named National Swimmer of the Week

Cavalier junior won three events at Georgia Fall Invitational

12/08/2015

Three Cavaliers Pick Up ACC Weekly Honors

Kaeser, Smith named swimmers of the week, Corbett named diver of the week

11/23/2015

Smith Wins 2015 Golden Goggle Award

Cavaliers swimmer honored for relay performance at FINA World Championships

2015 World Champion
2014, 2015 US National Team Member

2014 ACC Freshman of the Year

NCAA Champion (2)
2015:
500 Free, 1,650 Free

All-American (7)
2015:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay (HM)
2014: 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay, 500 Free (HM)

ACC Champion (7)
2015:
200 Free, 500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay
2014:
500 Free, 1,650 Free, 800 Free Relay

All-ACC (8)
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:
1:43.80 (2nd all-time at UVa)
500 Free: 4:30.37 (NCAA, ACC and UVa Record)
1000 Free: 9:26.06 (ACC and UVa Record)
1650 Free: 15:34.46 (ACC and UVa Record)

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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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.

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