UVA’s Leah Smith: “I’m a Lot Less Rested Than I Was Last Year”

by Max Mitchell 11

February 20th, 2015 ACC, College, News, Video

After night 2 of the 2015 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships, Virginia’s Leah Smith caught up with SwimSwam’s Max Mitchell to talk about her meet so far and what the plan was coming into the ACC Championships.

Smith already has victories as part of the Cavaliers’ 800 free relay (7:00.93) and in the 500 free individually (4:35.67), with enteries in the 200 and 1650 frees yet to come.

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bobo gigi

Finally someone who understands that’s more important to be fully tapered for the biggest meet of the college season. Not this week.



While the top swimmers understand what the priority in college season, we need to give respect to the 99% of the swimmers population in the collegiate level. For some swimmers, conference championships will be their last meet of the season. And for most swimmers, they need to be fully shave and taper just to qualify for the NCAA.


Exactly. Bobo, can you name one college swimmer who is already a lock for NCAA’s (has an A time or a B time that is certain to make the cut) who seems to be rested/tapered/shaved for their conference meet? There’s just not that many who have those times. The Georgia men who have A cuts (Kalisz, Bentz, etc.) seem to be focused on NCAA’s. Plus, how many teams have a legitimate shot at winning the NCAA championship? Three teams on the girls side? Two on the guys? Another possibility to consider is that some teams might rather win a conference championship and finish 10th at NCAA’s rather than swim through conference and finish 6th at NCAA’s, hypothetically speaking.


Umm… I can name a few, but after tonight the one that sticks out is Worrell from Louisville. You can’t tell me she isnt fully rested especially after what we saw last weekend with their team.

Joel Lin

She will win the 500 in 4:29 or 4:28, will win the 1650 and will be in the top 4 of the 200 free. Maybe challenge in the 200 free. She is on the short list for potential swimmer of the meet at NCAAs.


Joel Linn, I think a 4:28-4:29 might be a little quick.

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