Scroll for more

Athletes

Leah
Smith
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 April 1995
Height
176 cm
Residence
Tucson, AZ, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
History, Media Studies - University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at about age five and started competing at age six.
Why this sport?
Her mother was not a good swimmer, so she wanted her children to learn.
Club / Team
Tucson Aquatics: Tucson, AZ, USA
Name of coach
Augie Busch

International Debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS

General Interest

Hobbies
Travel, petting dogs. (blog.tyr.com, 01 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (news.virginia.edu, 10 May 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've always had sort of a grind-it-out attitude. I think I can train really well and a huge part of my confidence comes from my training." (teamusa.org, 11 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was part of the Relay Team of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards due to her role in the US women's 4x200m relay team. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 23 Nov 2015)

She was named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Freshman of the Year in the United States of America. (virginiasports.com, 06 Jul 2015)
Famous relatives
Her great-uncle Billy Conn was a boxing world champion in the light heavyweight division. Her great-grandfather Jimmy Smith played professional baseball and won the 1919 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. Her father Dan [pole vault] and her sister Aileen [swimming] competed at university level in the United States of America. (usaswimming.org, 07 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news.virginia.edu, 07 Feb 2017)
Other information
MOVE TO TUCSON
In 2017 she moved to Tucson, AZ, United States of America, from her original training base in Virginia after three of her coaches accepted job offers from the University of Arizona. Despite one of her coaches, Cory Chitwood, deciding to move to Indiana in 2019, she chose to stay in Tucson in order to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "In July of 2017, three of my coaches that coached me at UVA [University of Virginia] accepted the job to coach at University of Arizona. They decided to make the move to Tucson. After deciding for a couple of months, I moved in October of 2017 to Arizona to keep training with them. I look forward to continuing my training with my awesome training group and team here [in Arizona], and am excited to meet the new coaches that will be hired. I am grateful to Cory Chitwood for all he has done for me in my career and with him the best at Indiana." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 04 Jun 2019; swimoutlet.com, 12 Apr 2019)