(Video Interview) Leah Smith Reflects on Final ACC Championships

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Leah Smith competed in her final ACC championship race a little earlier than most expected when she swam in the first heat of the 1650 free. She finished in 15:31.49, which is expected to hold up as the meet’s top time and give Smith her fourth straight conference championship in the event.

After the race, Smith sat down with Swimming World’s David Rieder to discuss her final ACC meet and explain how she ended up in the first heat Thursday afternoon. Smith also reflected on her experience at the Short Course World Championships in December, where she won two individual gold medals.

With her Virginia Cavaliers facing an uphill battle to win a tenth consecutive conference championship, Smith explained how the team was reacting to this potential setback while looking ahead to NCAAs. Smith also discussed her future in the sport and why she decided that she plans to continue swimming for the foreseeable future.

Watch the full video interview below.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer for Swimming World. A contributor to the magazine and website since 2009, 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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