Video Interview: Leah Smith “Sprints” Her Way onto National Team

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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 7. KNOWN more for her abilities in the 500 and 1650 coming off her freshman season at the University of Virginia, Leah Smith made a statement when she claimed the third seed in the prelims of the women’s 200 free, and she held onto that place in the final, clocking 1:57.57 to make her first national team. Smith spoke afterwards of what it meant to be on the team for the first time and also her surprise at her first major team coming in the shortest of her specialty events.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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