Nov. 13, 2012
University of Minnesota swimmer Kierra Smith earned two Big Ten Weekly Awards Tuesday following a strong showing at the Minnesota Grand Prix last weekend. The rookie was tabbed the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Smith had a very successful weekend swimming against some of the best swimmers in the nation, as she claimed first-place honors in the 200 breast with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:08.11.
She also finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.11, and third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.43.
Smith’s Swimmer of the Week honor is the second of her career, while she was named the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fourth time.
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