Off Deck, March 1, 2017: Leah Smith Looks Back on Final ACCs

Photo Courtesy: Reagan Lunn/Georgia Tech Athletics

Leah Smith wrapped up her final ACC championships Feb. 16 after winning her fourth-straight conference titles in the 500 and 1650 free. Shortly after she finished competing at that meet, Smith sat down with Swimming World‘s David Rieder, and that interview is featured on today’s episode of Off Deck.

Smith discussed why she ended up in the first heat of the 1650 at the ACCs (she still won the event) and how it felt to be competing at her final conference meet—one where her Virginia Cavaliers saw a nine-year conference title-winning streak broken.

The Olympic gold medalist also shared her thoughts on racing against Katie Ledecky at the NCAA championships, explained the highlights of her trip to the Short Course World Championships in December and shed some light on her future in the sport.

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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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