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Giles Smith (Swimmer)
Personal information
Native nameGiles Smith
National team United States
Born (1991-11-28) November 28, 1991 (age 28)
Baltimore, MD
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle

Giles Smith (November 28, 1991)born in Baltimore Maryland, is an American competitive swimmer for Team USA Swimming. Giles was first introduced to swimming at the age of 3, where his swim instructor Marvin Thrope encouraged him to continue swimming year round.[1]Smith continued to work on developing his swimming technique; during high school Smith earned 14 Maryland state title records.[2]. In college Smith earned a Pac 12 championship, in 100 m butterfly. Upon competing with Team USA, he became a gold and silver medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Smith grew up in inner city Baltimore, Maryland to parents Harold and Marcia Smith. Giles struggled finding African-American role models in swimming, and would find inspiration by going to Black History Invitational Swim Meet and the National Black Heritage Championship Swim Meet.[1] Smith attended McDonogh High School where he set 14 state records and was a 5 time All-American athlete. Smith also became the first High School student in Maryland to break the under 21 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle.[2]

Swimming Career[edit | edit source]

In 2011 while attending University of Tennesse, Smith 19, participated at the 2011 US Nationals where he qualified for his first Olympic Trails in the 200 m. freestyle, posting a time of 1:50.62.[2] At the 2012 Olympic trials Giles finished 8th in the 100m fly with a time of splits of 24.59 and 28.08.[3]. Smith has been continued to improve his times with a first place finish at the AT&T Winter National Championships in the 100 yard butterfly breaking under 45 seconds with a time of 45.99 seconds.[4]. The 2015 Pan American Games Smith really set himself up as a top contender setting a new Pan American games 100m record of 52.04 seconds.[5] Smith and teammates Nick Thoman, Brad Craig, and Josh Schneider also came away with Silver in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay.[6]

2015 Pan American Games
Men's Swimming
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto 4 × 100 metre medley relay

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Growing up as one of few African-American swimmers, Giles now feels inspired to give back to the community by promoting cultural diversity within the sport of swimming. The holding of 14 high school state records in Maryland, Smith has been involved in groups such as Black Kids Swim[7] and Diversity Select Camps where his roll is to <[8] [9]

Smith is very active in his work promoting charities and giving back to the community. In 2017 Smith along with assisted in hosting Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, Az to raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute, where Fight Night was able to raise over $84 Million.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://blackkidsswim.com/advice-from-parents-of-us-national-team-member-giles-smith/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Giles Smith". 15 June 2015.
  3. http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/results/pdf/2012-us-olympic-trials-full-results-usa-senior-national-2012-06-25.pdf
  4. http://www.omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=00010E010400030D02FFFFFFFFFFFF02
  5. "2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 3 Finals - Meet Results - Swimming World". www.swimmingworldmagazine.com.
  6. "2015 Pan American Games Swimming, Day 5 Finals - Meet Results - Swimming World". www.swimmingworldmagazine.com.
  7. "Giles Smith gives expert advice for young Black swimmers". 16 November 2017.
  8. "Educate, encourage and support the membership of USA Swimming to achieve Diversity & Inclusion growth at all levels."
  9. https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/governance/national-committee-minutes/diversity-inclusion-committee/2017/diversity-inclusion-committee-call---may-9-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=5
  10. "Welcome to Celebrity Fight Night". celebrityfightnight.org.


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