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WAHS Junior Snags World Championship Title in Swimming

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May 09, 2019 | Athletics

Lydia Smith World Champ

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (MAY 9, 2019) — Williamsport Area High School junior Lydia Smith has claimed a world championship title in swimming.

Smith competed in the 2019 Pontevedra ITU Aquathlon World Championships, winning the competition over other female athletes in the 16-19 age group in Pontevedra, Spain, on May 2. 

Smith's time of 37:05 captured the first-place win by 18 seconds over Lona Gandon, of France, followed by athletes from Australia and Great Britain in third- and fourth-place, respectively.

The Aquathlon is one of the simplest and most accessible forms of multi-sport. It consists of two portions: a swimming and running portion. The official distances during Smith's world championship were a 1000M swim (about 0.62 miles), followed by a 5K run (3 miles). 

Last November, Smith qualified for the world event after competing in Miami's Aquathlon.

Smith is a three-sport student-athlete at WAHS, having earned 10 varsity letters in her first three years of high school in soccer, cross country, swimming, and track and field.

This year, Smith was the District II/IV Class AAA Cross Country Individual Champion, plus won three gold medals in the District II/IV Class AAA swim meet, earning trips to the PIAA State Championship in both sports. She also is one of the top point-getters on the spring track and field team, who are preparing for league, district and state competitions over the next three weeks.

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