Rebecca Smith has been a key contributor to Canada’s recent relay success at the FINA World Championships. In her debut in 2017, she swam the butterfly leg in the prelims of the mixed 4x100m medley relay that would go on to win bronze, earning her a medal as well. Smith came home from the 2019 Worlds with three bronze medals from the women’s 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle, and 4x100m medley relays. Individually, she posted a top-10 finish in the 100m butterfly.
Smith first made some noise at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championship where she won two medals, silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay. In her return to the world juniors in 2017, she won gold medals in both of those relays and earned two individual medals, silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly.
In 2018, Smith was a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games with the 4x200m freestyle relay. She also reached the finals in the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly. At the Pan Pacific Championships that summer, Smith won bronzes with the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays and posted a fourth-place finish in the 100m butterfly.
A Little More About Rebecca
Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 7 and competing at age 8… Followed older sister Madalyn into the sport and training together for eight years made it special and fun… Moved from Red Deer to Toronto at age 16 to train at the High Performance Centre in Ontario… Other Interests: Studying at the University of Toronto… Enjoys reading, wake surfing, and water skiing… Loves hiking in Banff and Canmore in the summer… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13 …
Notable International Results
FINA World Championships: 2019 – BRONZE (4x100m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x100m medley relay), 10th (100m butterfly); 2017 – BRONZE (4x100m medley relay), 8th (4x200m freestyle relay)
Commonwealth Games: 2018 – SILVER (4x200m freestyle relay), 5th (50m butterfly), 6th (100m butterfly)
Pan Pacific Championships: 2018 – BRONZE (4x100m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay), 4th (4x100m medley relay), 4th (100m butterfly), 12th (200m freestyle), 15th (100m freestyle)
FINA World Junior Championships: 2017 – GOLD (4x100m freestyle relay), GOLD (4x200m freestyle relay), SILVER (100m butterfly), BRONZE (50m butterfly), 4th (100m freestyle), 6th (200m freestyle); 2015 – SILVER (4x100m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay)