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.