2015 Female Athlete of the Year Award Recipient
Stroke by stroke, in 2015, Kierra Smith swam across a good chunk of the globe. In February she won back-to-back gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke in Ohio at the Big Ten Conference Championship. Two month’s later it was on to World Championship Trials in Toronto where she was able to qualify for the Pan Am games and the worlds.
In June, Kierra swam her way through the pools of France, Barcelona and Monte Carlo competing in the European Mare Nostrum circuit, winning a bronze medal in the 200 meter in Barcelona.
July was a record breaking month for Kierra, winning gold in the 200 meter breaststroke and breaking the Pan Am games record both in the preliminary heat and again in the finals. Then she finished her season off in August at the World Championships in Russia, finishing 8th.
Since then, she’s been training in Minneapolis and is now back in Kelowna preparing for Olympic trials. Keeping Kelowna in the news internationally, I wonder if she ever tells TV sportscasters that she learned to swim so fast from being chased by the Ogopogo?