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BIG TEN CHAMPION - 100 BREASTSTROKE (2007)
FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (2007)
2009-10 UPDATE (AS OF NOV. 13)
Strong start to senior season includes a number of first-place finishes.
Won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.76), 200 breaststroke (2:20.60) and 200 medley relay (1:44.55) at Virginia Tech (10/31).
Finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.27) and third in the 400 medley relay (3:54.22) against West Virginia/Colgate (10/24).
Opened season at St. Bonaventure (10/13) with first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:50.74) while also swimming the 200 breaststroke (2:25.39).
2008-09 (JUNIOR YEAR): Swam to top 10 finishes in all but six races all season, including two first-place finishes in the 200 medley relay ... At the NCAA Championships, placed 49th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.45), 48th in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.26) and 55th in the 200 IM (2:02.09) ... Season-best times in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.28, preliminary), 200 breaststroke (2:12.96) and 200 IM (2:00.08) came in the Big Ten Championships, good for sixth, ninth and 17th, respectively. The 200 breaststroke time was good for an NCAA `B' Qualifying Cut ... Against Ohio State, was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.92), fifth in the 200 IM (2:08.37), fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.80) and fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:53.21) ... Finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.90) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:48.94) against Rutgers while also competing in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.74) and 200 IM (2:08.61) ... Swam to first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:45.36), fourth in the 100 (1:05.63) and 200 (2:20.86) breaststroke and third in the 200 IM (2:06.78) against Villanova/Pittsburgh/Maryland ... Strong Ohio State Invitational included season best times in the 200 medley relay (1:43.41, fifth overall) and 400 medley relay (3:49.62, eighth) while finishing fifth overall in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.27), sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.14) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:03.04) ... Was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.06), seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.46) and sixth in both the 200 medley relay (1:48.95) and the 400 medley relay (3:54.25) against Virginia/Florida State ... Competed in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.20) and 200 medley relay (1:47.34) at Southern Methodist, finishing fourth and third ... A day earlier against Texas A&M, placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.13) and 400 medley relay (3:51.43) ... Swam to second-place finishes in the 100 breastroke (1:07.14) and 400 medley relay (3:52.01) in first home meet against Richmond ... Opened season in impressive fashion by winning the 200 medley relay (1:45.81) at West Virginia.
2007-08 (SOPHOMORE YEAR): Finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke, an event previously won at the Big Ten Championships. Placed 29th in the 200 breaststroke and 21st in the 200 IM ... Won one event and turned in two second and third-place finishes on the season ... 400 medley relay team came in fourth against West Virginia ... Claimed 10th-place in the 200 and 400 medley relays at the Hoosierland Open ... Came in second against Pittsburgh, Maryland and Villanova in the 100 breaststroke ... Won only event of the season in the 100 breaststroke against West Chester.
SUMMER 2007: Swam at four events, concentrating mainly on three main events: the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 IM ... At the Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix, finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke ... At the Grand Prix series Charlotte Ultraswim, placed third in the 100 breaststroke, 16th in the 200 breaststroke and was on the third-place 400 medley relay team ... Finished eighth in the finals of the 200 breaststroke and 12th in the 200 IM at the Mid-Atlantic Senior Championships ... At U.S. Nationals, swam in both breaststroke events, but did not qualify for the finals.
2006-07 (FRESHMAN YEAR): Capped her freshman season with a Big Ten Individual Championship in the 100 breaststroke and an appearance at the NCAA Championships ... Rallied from behind to capture the lead just before hitting the finish wall at Big Ten's to win the 100 breaststroke and also scored in the 200 breaststroke with a 12th-place finish. Also swam in the 200 IM ... At NCAA's swam in the 100 breaststroke, finishing 38th, and on the 400 medley relay team that finished 22nd ... Just missed an NCAA `A' time in the 100 breaststroke during the season by 0.17 of a second ... Swam the team's fastest time of the year in the 100 breaststroke and the fifth fastest in the 200 breaststroke ... Had three first-place finishes, two in individual events and one in a relay, five second-place finishes and six third-places on the year ... Placed second in the 200 IM, third in the 200 breaststroke and was on the third-place 400 medley relay team in her first collegiate meet at West Virginia ... Finished second in the 100 breaststroke in season best time, was on the winning 400 medley relay team, the fifth-place 200 medley relay team and the eighth-place 200 free relay team at the Clemson/Virginia/Virginia Tech quad meet ... Placed eighth in the 200 fly at the Big Cat Invitational ... Picked up points for Penn State in the 100 breaststroke (13th-place) and as part of the 400 medley relay team (third) that swam an NCAA `B' cut. Also swam in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM at the Bell Grand Prix ... Placed third in the 500 free and was on the second-place 200 medley relay team at the dual meet vs. West Chester ... Won the 200 breaststroke in her fastest time of the year and was on the third-place 200 medley relay team in the dual meet vs. Ohio State ... Finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 200 breaststroke and was on the second-place 200 medley relay team in the dual meet vs. Rutgers ... Came in fourth in the 100 breaststroke, 10th in the 200 breast and was on the third-place 400 medley relay team at the Shamrock Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a Scholastic All-American and a member of the National Art Honor Society at Westminster High School.
PERSONAL: Full name is Lyndsey Margaret Smith ... Born on April 9, 1988 in Ravenna, Ohio ... Is the daughter of Mark and Margaret Smith ... Has a younger brother, Mark, who is attending Bridgewater College in Va. and is playing baseball there ... Father is an athletic trainer ... Double majoring in art history and integrative arts.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because the minute I stepped on campus it felt like home. Between the team, the coaching staff and the high level of academics, I knew that there was no better place for me anywhere to get my education and pursue my swimming career."
GETTING TO KNOW LYNDSEY
Major & Why: Double major in Art History and Integrative Art because I have always loved art and the study of how society affects artists and their work in their time period
Favorite Thing About Penn State: The WE ARE cheer ... it gives me goosebumps!
Favorite Thing About State College: Downtown. It's a very cute town - everything you could ever need!
Favorite Restaurant In State College: The Corner Room
Favorite Ice Cream At The Creamery: Cookies & Cream
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Swimming: Football
Favorite Athletic Memory At Penn State: 2008 Big Tens. After I swam my final 200 breaststroke, [coach] John Hargis was so happy, he gave me a chest bump like in football!
Favorite Class At Penn State: Anything Art History
Favorite Color: Blue and White
Favorite Musical Artist: Sara Bareilles
Favorite Movie: Too many to count
Favorite TV Show: Tie between CSI and Burn Notice
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Chris Berman
Favorite Pro Team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite Athlete: Kelly Gregg and Joe Flacco
Childhood Idol: Muhammad Ali
Hobbies: Reading, painting, fishing
Biggest Fear: Drowning
Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: ArtForum
Most Prized Possession: Pictures of my family and friends
Place I'd Like To Visit: Eastern Europe
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Retire
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Go to grad school, travel, get married