March 21st, 2015

2015 NCAA B1G Roundup: Kierra Smith’s 200 Breast Victory With a Two-Footed Start (in an Era of Wedges)



KIERRA SMITH – a Canadian native gone Golden Gopher – beat American record holder Emma Reaney in her own event.

In 2013, Smith didn’t even make the finals in the 200 breast. Her sophomore year is where she really picked up the pace.

Last year, as Reaney broke her own American record at NCAAs, Smith didn’t just make finals, but came in sixth in the 2-breast A final.

What’s really impressive is that Smith not only won the 200 Breast by over two seconds, but that she did so with a two-footed start.

In high school, Smith broke the British Columbia 200 Breast LCM record, swimming a time of 2:27.93. In her first two years of college, Smith broke the Minnesota long course time to 2:25.40. Now, Smith is just a fraction of a second off the US Open 200 breast short course record. She has a real shot at making the Canadian Olympic team and going to Brazil in 2016.

Smith finished third in prelims at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trial and fourth in finals, missing the Olympic team. Keep an eye out for Smith in 2016; she’s closing in on the US Open record and a spot on a plane to Brazil.

 B1G Big Hits:

  • Michigan frosh Gillian Ryan takes 10th in the mile
  • Indy junior Brooke Snodgrass places eighth in the 2-back final
  • While Clara Smiddy (Michigan) finishes first in the B final
  • Wisco senior Ivy Martin takes fourth in the 100 free
  • Alyson Ackman (PSU junior) finishes third in the B final of the 100
  • Indy sophomore Gia Dalesandro takes sixth in the 2-fly
  • Indy frosh Jessi Parratto won the platform diving

Final B1G Team Standings:

  • Indiana – 10th place
  • Minnesota – 12th place
  • Wisconsin – 13th place
  • Penn State – 20th place
  • Michigan – 22nd place
  • Purdue – 30th place
  • Iowa – 38th place
  • Ohio State – 40th place

Source : Swim Swam