Sierra Schmidt was born on May 6, 1998 in Scottsdale, Arizona to Joe and Mindy. She lives in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania and currently swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club under head coach Erik Posegay. Mom, Mindy, was a nationally ranked distance runner, and Father, Joe, coached swimming at Germantown Academy under the legendary Dick Shoulberg. Sierra also has a 13 year old sister, Trinity.
At the 2014 Speedo Junior Nationals, Sierra won the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:10.92 a full 1.5 seconds ahead of second place. Her top time of 8:34.58 in the 800m freestyle was a full 2 seconds ahead of second place. Completing the distance triple, Sierra won the 1500m freestyle in 16:24.09, a full eight seconds ahead of the rest of the lead pack..
At the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Sierra was named swimmer of the meet after winning gold in the 800m and 1500m freestyles.
At the 2015 Pan American Games, Sierra went out hard and kept going, cruising to a personal best time of 8:27.54 crushing Kaitlin Sandeno’s Pan Am Games record of 8:34.65. A record that stood for 16 years (1999), set just one year after Sierra was born.
At the US National Championships in 2015 placed 5th in the 400m and 4 in the 800m freestyles.
Nicknamed the Dancing Queen, Sierra is probably best known for her pre-race ritual which includes putting her head phones on, closing her eyes and dancing for about 5 minutes.
Ranked as the #2 Female Swimmer for the Class of 2017 by SwimSwam, Schmidt has verbally committed to Michigan.