Leah Smith Reflects on 2021 Olympic Trials, Move to Train with Capitani at UT


Reported by Ben Dornan.

Women’s 400 IM

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:26.36
  • American Record: Katie Hoff: 4:31.12
  • US Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:31.07
  • World Junior Record: Alba Vazquez (ESP): 4:38.53
  • Pro Swim Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:31.07

Top 3:

  1. Hali Flickinger: 4:36.46
  2. Leah Smtih: 4:39.78
  3. Katie Ledecky: 4:40.28

In the A final it was a battle of Olympians as Emma WeyantKatie Ledecky, Fantine Lesaffre, Leah Smith, and Hali Flickinger battled it out.

Flickinger closed with a 100 freestyle split of 1:02.02, which was slightly faster than Leah Smith‘s final 100 of 1:02.08. That allowed Flickinger to hold onto the lead and post a 4:36.46 for gold, while Leah Smith came in with a 4:39.78 for silver.

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Team Regan
1 year ago

Love Leah! So inspirational, and so glad to see her still swimming! Many years of talent to come

HOO love
1 year ago

an outstanding UVA swimmer and person! love Leah Smith <3

Gunga Galunga
1 year ago

Delightful interview. Especially enjoying her comments on missing the Olympic team last year. Lots of wisdom and positive perspective shown there. A good message for all swimmers.

Reply to  Gunga Galunga
1 year ago

Why are there so many downvotes on this? 🙄 I agree, she sounds positive and humble and wise!

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