It marked the third time in program history that the Gophers finished in the top-10 nationally.
Haley Spencer looks to earn her fourth-straight All-America honor in the 200 breast tonight.
Four Gophers will compete in tonight's finals beginning at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN3.
Minnesota has the second most competitors heading to Championships
Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships wraps up this evening
Career Notes: Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics for Team Canada in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke • 2015 200-yard breast NCAA Champion • NCAA's 4th fastest performer of all-time in 200 breast (2:04.56) • 2015 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year • 4-time Big Ten Champion (100 breast 2014, 2015 and 200 breast 2014, 2015) • 3-time All-American • 7-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week • Named Most Valuable Performer by team during 2014-15 season • Minnesota school record holder in 200-yard breast (2:04.56) and 200-meter breast (2:22.82) • Canadian National Team Member 2014, 2015, 2016.
2016-17 Senior Season: Earned CSCAA All-American honors • All-American honorable mention • earned second place with a 2:03.55 (second fastest in NCAA history) in the 200-yard breast at the 2017 NCAA Championships • Team MVP • Team Captain • earned a second-placed finish in the 200-yard breast with a 2:04.37 at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • Finished in 12th place during the 100-yard breast with a 58.91 at the 2017 NCAA Championships • posted a 2:12.18 and a first-place finish vs. Wisconsin in her first 200-yard breaststroke race after the 2016 Summer Olympics • finished second place with a 2:05.83 in the 200-yard breast at the USA College Challenge • earned a fifth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:00.14 at the USA College Challenge • posted a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:07.03 in the meet against Denver and Wyoming • improved to a 2:04.24 in the 200-yard IM and a second place finish in the meet against Purdue in Northwestern • finished in 17th place during the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:59.32 at the 2017 Big Ten Championships • posted a third-place finish with a 58.95 in the 100-yard breast at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.
2015-16 Season: Took season off to train for the Olympics.
2014-15 Junior Season: Named 2015 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year • 2015 Golden Goldy's Female Athlete of the Year Finalist • Letter winner • Two-time All-American • At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Smith became head coach Kelly Kremer's 3rd breaststroke National Champion in the past 5 years. Smith took home the National Title in the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.56, recording her as the 3rd fastest performer of all-time in the NCAA, as well as a new Minnesota school record. Smith also notched All-American status in the 100 breast, where she finished 7th. Smith also finished 24th in the 200 IM, 22nd in the 400 medley relay and 26th in the 200 medley relay (3/19-3/21) • During the 2015 Big Ten Championships, Smith was named to the 2015 First Team All-Big Ten after repeating as the Big Ten Champion in both the 100 breast and 200 breast. Her time in the 200 breast (2:05.69) was a new Big Ten record, meet record and pool record at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Smith also placed 5th in the 200 IM, 4th in the 200 medley and 4th in the 400 medley relay (4/18-4/21) • Finished 7th in the 100 fly and 5th in the 200 free at the 2015 Minnesota Challenge (2/7) • Placed 1st in three individual events including the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM during the Big Ten Triple Dual against Northwestern and Purdue (1/30-1/31) • Swept individual events at N.C. State, placing 1st in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 400 IM (1/23-1/24) • Placed 1st in the 100 breast and 200 breast at Hawaii (1/7) • Missed Jean K. Freeman Invite to compete at the FINA Short Course World Championships • At the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Minneapolis, Smith recorded 1st in the 200 breast, 3rd in the 100 breast and 9th in the 200 IM (11/20-11/22) • Placed 1st in both the 100 breast and 200 breast at Florida (11/8) • Recorded 1st place finishes in both the 100 breast and 200 breast vs. Wisconsin (10/17) • Finished 1st in the 100 breast and 200 breast at Arizona State (10/5).
2013-14 • Sophomore Season: Letter winner • At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Smith finished 15th in the 400 Medley Relay, 19th in the 100 Breaststroke and 6th in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:06.76 (3/20-3/22) • Capturing first in both the 100 and 200, Kierra dominated in breaststroke, taking home two B1G Champion individual titles. Smith also placed 4th in the 200 IM, 3rd in the 400 Medley Relay and was named to the First Team All-Big Ten at the 2014 B1G Championships (2/19-2/22) • At the 2014 Minnesota Challenge, she finished 4th in the 200 Medley Relay, 4th in the 100 Fly, and 2nd in the 200 Free (2/7-2/8) • At the Triple Dual against Wisconsin and Purdue, she placed 1st in the 200 IM, 1st in the 200 Breast, 2nd in the 100 Breast, and 5th in the 200 Medley Relay (1/31-2/1) • Finished 1st in the 200 Breast, 2nd in the 100 Breast, 2nd in the 400 Medley Relay, and 4th in the 200 Medley Relay against NC State (1/24-1/25) • Placed 1st in the 100 Breast, and 1st in the 200 Breast vs. Hawaii (1/11) • At the 2013 Jean Freeman Invite, Kierra placed 2nd in the 200 Fly, 1st in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 400 Medley Relay, 5th in the 200 Medley Relay, 16th in the 100 Fly, 1st in the 400 IM (12/6-12/7) • At the 2013 Minneapolis Arena Grand Prix, Smith she was recognized for her performances and named B1G Swimmer of the Week. (11/14-11/16) • Placed 2nd in the 100 Breast, 1st in the 200 Breast and 1st in the 200 Medley Relay vs. Iowa (11/1) • Against Wisconsin, Kierra finished 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay, 2nd in the 100 Breast, 1st in the 200 Breast, 8th in the 200 IM, and 1st in the 400 Medley Relay (10/18-10/19) • Placed 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay, 1st in the 100 Breast and 6th in the 100 Fly vs. Michigan (10/11) • Placed 1st in the 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 200 Medley Relay against Arizona State (10/5).
2012-13 Freshman Season: Letter winner • At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Smith finished 17th in the 200 breast and 42nd in the 100 breast (3/22-3/23) • Took home silver medal in the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships, also finished 3rd in the 100 breast and 10th in the 200 IM (2/21-2/23) • Placed 6th in the 100 fly and 5th in the 200 free at the 2013 Minnesota Challenge (2/9) • At the Big Ten Quad Duals, Smith won both the 200 breast and 400 IM and finished 6th in the 200 IM (2/1) • Totaled three 1st place finishes against North Dakota in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM (1/25) • Won the 100 and 200 breast at Hawaii (1/12) • Finished 1st in the 100 breast and 400 IM at the 2012 Jean K. Freeman Invite (12/1) • At the 2012 Arena Grand Prix at Minneapolis, Smith took 1st in the 200 breast, 2nd in the 200 IM and 3rd in the 100 breast (11/9-11/11) • Won the 100 breast vs. Iowa (11/2) • Finished 1st in the 200 breast and 2nd in the 100 breast against Wisconsin (10/26) • Finished 1st in the 100 breast and 200 breast at Kansas (10/20) • Won the 100 breast and 200 IM against Iowa State (10/12) • placed 1st in the 200 breaststroke, 2nd in the 100 breaststroke and 3rd as a member of the 200 medley relay at Michigan (10/5).
High School: Swam for the Liquid Lightning Swim Club coached by Emil Dimitrov • member of Team Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke • member of the 2010 Canadian Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team that competed in Kihei, Hawaii • holds the Canadian and British Columbia short course meters record (2:22.88) in the 200 breaststroke in the 15-17 age group, as well as the British Columbia long course record in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.93).
Personal: Born February 1, 1994 • Daughter of Andrew Smith and Jo-Ann McLellan • majoring in communications.
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