Monday, July 09, 2012

Trib: Mt. Lebo native ready for Olympic swim team trials

She’ll be among the youngest swimmers at next week’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but Leah Smith has done everything she can over the past year to prepare herself for the biggest meet of her life.

She’s ready for the stage, if not exactly the arena.

“I’ve seen pictures of CenturyLink Center,” the 17-year-old freestyle specialist said of the Omaha, Neb., venue that greeted more than 160,000 spectators the last time it hosted the weeklong event in 2008. “I’ve never swam in front of more than 500 people, so it will be a lot different.”

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