Kierra Smith is a professional swimmer and winner of the 200-yard breaststroke NCAA championship in 2015. Born in 1994 in Vancouver, Canada, Smith was a student and athlete for the University of Minnesota where she was crowned the 2015 NCAA Champion after recording the third-fastest 200-yard breaststroke time in the history of the NCAA.
Swimming Career of Kierra Smith
1. University of Minnesota
As a freshman in 2012, Swimmer Kierra Smith made it into their Big 10 Conference Team and proceeded to win the Big 10 silver medal for the 200-yard breaststroke. She also finished 10th in the 200-yard IM and 3rd in the 100-yard breast. Her times helped her qualify for the NCAA Championship in her first year as a golden gopher.
In her sophomore year at Minnesota, Kierra Smith made lots of progress on a national level. Smith finished in 19th place in the 100-yard breaststroke to kick off her individual events. Smith competed in her best event on night three at the 200-yard breaststroke where she advanced to the final. She ended up finishing 6th and picked up her inaugural NCAA All-American title.
Smith advanced again to the NCAA Championships in 2015 after winning the Big 10 championship in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. Smith finished 26th in the 200 medley relay on night one and 24th in the 200-yard IM. On day two she finished in 7th place in the 100-yard breaststroke earning her all-American status. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Smith won the NCAA Championship becoming coach Kelly Kremer’s third breaststroke champion in 5 years. She recorded a time of 2:04:56 which is the third fastest performance in the 200-yard breaststroke in NCAA history. After her triumphs, Smith was named the 2015 Big 10 Swimmer of the Year as well as a finalist for the Golden Goldy’s Female Athlete of 2015.
2015 World Championships
Smith won the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2015 Canadian trials but was disqualified for a controversial call that stated that her elbow had left the water. She returned the following day determined to perform well in the 100-meter breaststroke. She finished 2nd which earned her a spot on the FINA World Championship Team and the Pan Am Games.
At the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Smith finished 21st in the 100-meter breaststroke and 7th in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Kierra Smith finished 17th in the 100-meter breaststroke and 7th in the 200-meter breaststroke.
2017 World Championships
Kierra Smith finished 6th in the 100-meter breaststroke and 5th in the 200-meter breaststroke. Smith also swam in the 4*100 medley relay breaststroke leg which placed 4th setting a new Canadian record.