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Marshi Smith Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 30, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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2004-05 Season: Was the 2005 NCAA Champion in the 100 backstroke (52.82)... Is responsible for one new individual school record... Is a six-time All American in 2005... Finished first in the 100 backstroke, eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:57.02) and 16th in the 50 freestyle... Was also apart of three scoring relay teams?-the second-place 200 free relay, the third-place 200 medley relay and the sixth-place 400 medley relay... At the Pac-10 Championships, tied with freshman Katie Arnold from UCLA in the 100-yard backstroke for the Pac-10 title (53.22)... Against ASU, won the 200 backstroke and placed third in the 100 backstroke (56.34)...Also swam the first leg of the first place 200 free relay... Against Texas and SMU, swam the first leg of the second-place 400 medley relay... Anchored the first-place 400 free relay and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (56.67) against Stanford... Swam the second leg of the first place 400 free relay against California... Finished third in the 200 backstroke against Oregon State...At the Texas Invitational, swam the third leg of the first-place 200 medley relay and swam the first leg of the winning 200 free relay... Against UCLA, finished second in the 200 backstroke and took third place in the 100 backstroke.


2003-04 Season: Four-time All-American in the 100 backstroke, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay... All-Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention...Finished seventh in the 100-meter backstroke (1:00.54) at the 2004 NCAA Championships, where she also was apart of three top-four relay teams... Tallied seven NCAA consideration times at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Took third place in the 100 backstroke (54.55) and fourth in the 50 freestyle...Contributed to the upset over Texas by placing third in the 100 freestyle (51.58), swimming the second leg of the first-place 200 free relay, and anchoring the second place 200y medley relay...Responsible for six NCAA consideration times and two automatic qualifying times anchoring the 400y medley relay, and placing fifth in the 100y back (54.99)... Claimed first place in the 100 backstroke against UCLA... Also took first place in the 50 freestyle (27.49) versus USC... Dominated Wisconsin anchoring the 400 medley relay (3:45.41).



2002-03:  Earned All-America honors in four different events... Was 15th in the 100 backstroke (54.81) at the 2003 NCAA Championships... Part of three scoring relays ?- the fifth-place 200 medley relay, 11th-place 400 free relay and 13th-place 200 free relay... Anchored that 400 free relay... Part of 800 free relay that finished second at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships... Also finished sixth in the 100 backstroke (54.86), 10th in the 100 freestyle (50.91) and 15th in the 50 freestyle (23.59) and was part of the fifth-place 200 free relay at Pac-10s... Won the 100 backstroke against Arizona State... Member of 200 free relay team, which finished first against California... Finished first in the 200 freestyle against Northern Arizona... Posted NCAA consideration times in both the 100 freestyle (50.72) and 200 freestyle (1:49.44) at the 2002 Texas Invitational... Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award winner.


National & International Competition ?- 2002:  National bronze medalist in the 100 backstroke in spring of 2002... 2000: Participated in 2000 Olympic Trials... 1999: World Cup bronze medalist in the 50 backstroke...


Prep: Six-time All-American... Three-time All-Metro Team... Six-time Virginia state champion and four-time Nevada state champion... Helped Reno (Nev.) High School to both regional and state championships as a senior... Was the state champion in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay that year... Also competed for the Potomac Marlins club team out of Fairfax, Va. ... Named the PVS Outstanding Swimmer of the Year in both 2000 and 2001... NISCA Outstanding Swimmer of the Year.


Personal:  Born Marshi Loel Smith on June 6, 1984, in Chicago, Ill. ... Daughter of Michael and Alena Smith... Has two younger brothers, David and Jordan, and one younger sister, Andrea... Majoring in business.


Personal Bests:

50 free - 22.71

100 back ?- 52.82

200 back ?- 1:55.72


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