5x Medalist Leah Hayes Reflects on 2023 World Jr Championships

SwimSwam caught up with Leah Hayes, the versatile high schooler who won 3 gold medals and 5 total at the 2023 World Jr Championships in Netanya, Israel. Hayes describes how she transitioned from World Champ Trials, the in-between, and ultimately to World Jrs.

The 2022 World Championship bronze medalist admitted she was disappointed in not having qualified for the (senior) world championships team but had also made plans for both scenarios (making the worlds team and making the world jrs team) coming out of the world trials.

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4 days ago

Total class.

10 days ago

My daughter swam against her a couple of times at an ISCA meet. Sweet and humble young lady.

10 days ago

Leah has accomplished so much already at a young age. I’m excited to see what she can accomplish after some time at Virginia. She is no one hit wonder.

Sherry Smit
10 days ago

Leah is a class act.

10 days ago

something is wrong with this podcast on Spotify, just 2 minutes of ads and nothing else

10 days ago

I think that’s first video of Leah that I’ve watched. What a delightful young woman.

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