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Leah Smith, who claimed her third victory of the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mesa last night in the 400-meter freestyle, spoke with Swimming World about her international line-up of events, her performance in the distance events this weekend, and her increasing preparation for the 400 IM.
Overall, she was happy with her races, especially her 400 freestyle. Not only was she faster in the event than she was at this meet last year, it put her at seventh in world rankings this year. In the 800, she mentions she almost even split the event and was satisfied with her time.
In terms of other events, Smith swam some races outside of her international wheelhouse, including the 200-meter IM and 200-meter butterfly. Internationally, she isn’t planning on racing these but swam them this weekend in the hope of improving the strength of her fly-to-back transition in the 400 IM. The shootout format also appeals to her in gaining more experience with doubles and trials-finals racing.