Leah Smith: “I achieved my lifetime goal and that’s that” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

WOMEN’S 500 FREE:

  1. Katie Ledecky (Stanford)- 4:24.06
  2. Leah Smith (Virginia)- 4:28.90
  3. Kennedy Goss (Indiana)- 4:26.13

Katie Ledecky took it up a notch, to say the least, in tonight’s final, wrecking the American and NCAA Records with a blistering 4:24.06. She took it out in a 1:43.46 at the 200 and never looked back, breaking ahead of Virginia’s Leah Smith (4:28.90).

While she was a distant 2nd place, Smith’s swim is very historically significant as she becomes the 2nd swimmer in history to break 4:30 in the women’s 500 free.

A tight battle for 3rd saw Indiana’s Kennedy Goss come home like a train, splitting a 26.26 on the final 50 to out-touch Louisville’s Mallory Comerford (4:36.16). NC State’s Hannah Moore rounded out the top 5 in a personal best 4:36.85.

Stanford freshman Megan Byrnes had a big swim in the B final, clocking a lifetime best 4:37.78 yo outpace Kentucky’s Geena Freriks (4:38.42).

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Wow so well spoken, and point in such a humble person congratulations on an extraordinary collegiate career

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Leah Smith’s swim here will most likely get overlooked because of Ledecky, but it is simply an amazing time. I remember talking with other swim coaches about Caroline Burckle’s 4:33 and how fast that was. Leah Smith just went 4:28. It’s crazy how fast the event is now because of Ledecky and Smith.

If it weren’t for Ledecky, Smith would have won by 8 seconds. I think the fact that she’s closer to Ledecky than everyone else was to her speaks volumes.

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