Sierra Schmidt Demolishes Meet Record in 800 Free at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships

Jul 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Sierra Schmidt of the United States dances on the pool deck before competing in the women's swimming 800m freestyle final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
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USA’s Sierra Schmidt demolished the meet record in the women’s 800-meter free at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Schmidt, known as the Dancing Queen since she dances the entire time she is at the starting blocks being announced, went out fast and never looked back as she blasted the meet record with an 8:27.55.

That swim crushed the meet record of 8:32.30 set by Bonnie MacDonald of Australia back in 2011.  Schmidt just missed her season best of 8:27.54 from the Pan American Games.

Italy’s Simona Quadarella turned in a second-place time of 8:29.79, while Great Britain’s Holly Hibbott earned third-place honors in 8:31.56.  All three under the previous meet record.

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Italy’s Linda Caponi (8:35.21), USA’s Gabrielle Kopenski (8:38.72), Hungary’s Janka Juhasz (8:40.07), China’s Dong Fuwei (8:41.85) and Spain’s Laura Rodriguez (8:44.00) rounded out the top eight in the timed final event.


  • Men’s 100 back finals
  • Women’s 200 fly finals
  • Men’s 200 free finals
  • Women’s 50 breast finals
  • Men’s 100 fly semis
  • Women’s 100 free semis
  • Men’s 100 breast finals
  • Women’s 100 back finals
  • Men’s 200 IM finals
  • Women’s 800 free finals
  • Mixed 400 medley relay finals