Kelowna's Kierra Smith was honoured for a strong weekend of swimming with the University of Minnesota

Kierra Smith Big Ten swimmer of the week

Kelowna athlete wins three events in NCAA dual meet with North Carolina

Kierra Smith has been named the Big 10 Conference female swimmer of the week.

The 20-year-old Kelowna athlete won three individual events for the University of Minnesota during the Gophers’ dual meet with North Carolina State.

Smith, a graduate of Immaculata, finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.12), the 200 breaststroke (2:10.41) and the 400 individual medley (4:17.81), earning NCAA provisional qualifying times in each event.

She was also earned a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:43.10).

It was the sixth time the U of M junior has won the swimmer of the week award during her university career.

Smith had a breakout year in  2014 competing for Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and FINA world championships in Qatar.

She finished fourth in the women’s 200 breaststroke at both competitions.


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