CJ Smith
CJ  Smith


Wilmette, Ill.

High School:
New Trier HS

Distance Freestyle


72 Gophers Earn B1G Distinguished Scholar Award

Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.


Big Ten Conference Honors 49 Gophers as Distinguished Scholars

Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.


Gophers Finish 18th at 2013 NCAA Championships

Minnesota's 18th-place finish was an improvement of six spots from last season.


NCAA Championships Day One Prelim Results

Derek Toomey will compete in the Championships Finals of the 50 free.


Toomey Places Third in 50 Free at NCAA Championships

Minnesota sits in 11th place following the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships

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Career Notes: Ranks third all-time at Minnesota in the 1,650 freestyle (14.46.09) • All-American.

2013-14 • Junior Season:2013-14 recipient of Hardest Worker and Iron Fish awards at season banquet • 1650 Free All-American, placing 16th at the 2014 NCAA Championships with a time of 14:46.09 (3/27-3/29) • Finished 11th in the 500 Free, 40th in the 200 Free and 4th in the 1650 Free at the 2014 B1G Championships (2/26-3/1) • Finished 4th in the 400 IM, 19th in the 100 Free, 8th in the 200 Fly and 2nd in the 800 Free at the Minnesota Challenge (2/7-2/8) • Placed 1st in the 1000 Free, 3rd in the 400 Free Relay, 1st in the 500 Free and 3rd in the 800 Free Relay at the B1G Triple Dual against Purdue and Wisconsin (1/31-2/1) • Finished 4th in the 400 Free Relay, 1st in the 1000 Free and 1st in the 500 Free vs. NC State (1/24-1/25) • Placed 1st in the 500 Free and 1st in the 1000 Free in Hawaii (1/11) • Competed at the 2013 Jean Freeman Invite including placing 5th in the 200 Fly and 2nd in the 400 IM (12/6-12/7) • Raced in the 2013 Minneapolis Arena Grand Prix, finishing 4th in the 1650 Free, 11th in the 500 Free and 25th in the 200 Free (11/14-11/16) • Finished 1st in the 500 Free and 1st in the 1000 Free against Iowa (11/1) • Vs. Wisconsin, Smith finished 5th in the 400 Free Relay, 4th in the 200 Free, 2nd in the 500 Free, 3rd in the 800 Free Relay and 1st in the 1650 Free (10/18-10/19) • Placed 2nd in the 500 Free and 3rd in the 1000 Free against Florida (10/12) • Finished 1st in the 500 Free and 1st in the 1000 Free vs. Arizona State (10/5).

2012-13 • Sophomore Season: Earned three top times during the Big Ten Championships• lead the team in top times for the 500 free and 1000 free • was second on the team with total points in season dual meets with 90 • added 19 total points in the Big Ten Championships • earned four points in the NCAA Championships • letter winner • took fourth overall in the 500 free in the Grand Prix • had a first-place finish in the 1000 free and fourth in the 500 free against Iowa (11/2/12) • won the 1000 free and took second in the 500 free against Wisconsin (10/26/12) • posted a second-place finish in the 1,000 free and also competed in the 500 free and was a member of the 400 free relay at Michigan (10/5/12).

2011-12 • Freshman Season: Made his debut as a freshman at the NCAA Championships • earned All-American Honors in the 1,650 free by placing 13th with a career-best time of 14:52.73 • finished 36th in the 500 free • placed fourth in the 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships (15:02.57) • earned a top time in the 500 free prelim (4:22.09) while placing 14th overall • finished 56th in the 200 free with a career-best 1:40.73 • won the 1,000 free at the Triple Duals with a top time of 9:10.25 • won the 500 and 1,000 free against Missouri • won the 500 and 1,650 free at the Hawaii Dual • letterwinner.

High School: A 2011 graduate of New Trier HS • high school coach was Mark Onstott • high school team placed first at state • placed 2nd in the 500 freestyle in both his junior and senior years • competed in the 200 freestyle as a junior and senior • was the conference champion in the 500 freestyle (2010 & 2011) and 200 freestyle (2011) • named the Most Improved Swimmer on his high school team • placed 10th at Junior Nationals in the 400 freestyle • named three-time Swimmer of the Year for his club team • Academic All-American • honor roll.

Personal: Political Science Major • son of Chris and Kaci Smith • has one brother, Grant • most memorable sports thrill was when he made Olympic trials cuts in the summer of 2011 in the 400m and 1500m freestyle.

Smith's Top Times:

200 free • 1:38.58 • B1G Championships 2013

500 free • 4:19.98 • 2014 B1G Championships

1,000 free • 8.59.23 • B1G Championships 2013

1,650 free • 14:46.09 • 2014 NCAA Championships


Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

4/16/2018 - M. Swimming

Minnesota celebrated the 2017-18 season at its annual banquet to recognize the team's accomplishments as well as individual award winners.

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

4/3/2018 - M. Swimming

2017-18 saw the team earn individual championship titles, impressive dual record, numerous individual top times and new school record times.

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

3/24/2018 - M. Swimming

The University of Minnesota earns their best finish at the NCAA meet since 2011.

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