Current US National Team member and former University of Michigan standout Sierra Schmidt has announced that she will be moving to Scottsdale, Arizona to pursue her pro swimmer career.
Although Schmidt trained with Bob Bowman prior to beginning her career at Michigan, she will not be reuniting with him at Arizona State, at least not immediately. Instead, Schmidt confirmed to SwimSwam that she intends to train with her father, Joseph Schmidt, through the 2021 Olympic Trials in June. Afterwards, she will begin looking for a team to train with.
Schmidt was originally born in Scottsdale, Arizona, but grew up in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania. She spent the part of her age-group career swimming with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), Bowman’s former program. Then, during her senior year, Schmidt returned to Pennsylvania and began training under her father, until she committed to Michigan and began to swim under Club Wolverine.
During her NCAA career, Schmidt was a standout for the Michigan Wolverines, earning 6 CSCAA All-American recognitions in addition to being a Big 10 Champion in 2021 as a member of the team’s 800 freestyle relay. At the 2021 NCAA Championships, Schmidt finished 3rd in the 1650 yard freestyle and 4th in the 500 yard freestyle. In the 500 freestyle, Schmidt entered the meet seeded last, but still managed to make the A-final before ultimately placing 4th overall in finals. With her performance, Schmidt jumped 52 places up from her seed.
Prior to her run in the NCAA, Schmidt was an age-group star, representing the United States at various international level competitions. She was a member of the USA Swimming National Team from 2016-2019 and a member of the USA Junior National Team from 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. At the 2019 World University Games, Schmidt won a bronze medal in the 400 meter freestyle, repeating her performance from 2017, and was a prelims swimmer on the USA’s gold medal winning 800 freestyle relay. Schmidt also represented the US at the 2015 Pan American Games, where she won a gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle.
Although she is best known for her swimming success, Schmidt is also widely followed due to her pre-race dance routines. Her performances have earned her the nickname “Dancing Queen.”