Colorado 5A State Champion Delaney Smith Gives Verbal to UCLA

Littleton, Colorado’s Delaney Smith has announced her verbal commitment to swim for the University of California, Los Angeles next fall.

“I have always been amazed by the great campus, academics, and athletics at UCLA. UCLA is the perfect fit for me to achieve both my swimming and academic goals. I’m so excited to swim for Cyndi and Naya and be apart of the Bruin family! I would like to thank my family, teammates, and coaches who have all helped me achieve my goals to get here! GO Bruins!”  [sic]

Smith is a senior at Arapahoe High School, and the 2016 CHSAA 5A State Champion in the 200 IM (2:05.19) as a sophomore. She also placed sixth in the 100 breast (1:06.86) that year, and swam on the Arapahoe 200 medley (30.14 breaststroke) and 400 free (50.95 anchor) relays. As a junior, she led off the 8th-place medley relay (26.80), swam the 200 free (runner-up with 1:51.35) and 100 breast (third with 1:04.20) individually, and split 50.62 on the second-place 400 free relay.

The versatile Smith competed for her club team Highlands Ranch Aquatics at Winter Junior Nationals West last December, racing in everything from the 200 back to the 100/200 breast to the 200/400 IM. Three months later at Western Zone Sectionals, she achieved lifetime bests in everything she swam: 100/200 free, 200 back, 100/200 breast, and 200/400 IM. At Los Angeles Invitational in July, Smith updated her LCM times in the 100/200 free, 100/200 back, 100 breast, and 200/400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 IM – 2:02.41
  • 400 IM – 4:19.82
  • 200 back – 2:01.47
  • 100 breast – 1:03.76
  • 200 breast – 2:19.25
  • 100 free – 50.97
  • 200 free – 1:51.15

Also verbally committed to the Bruins’ class of 2022 are: Abriana Howard, Emma Smethurst, Jessica Epps, Kathleen Sulkevich, and Mara Newman.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].


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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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