Name: Leanne Smith
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle
Classification: S4, SB4, SM4
Height: 5-2
Weight: 117
DOB: 5/8/1988
Birthplace: Salem, Mass.
Hometown: Beverly, Mass.
College: Southern New Hampshire University
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – 5th (20 pt. 4x50m free), 6th (50m free), 8th (50m fly)
  • Years of Participation: 2017
  • Top Finish: 5th – 2017 (20 pt. 4x50m free)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2017 World Para Swimming World Series, Indianapolis, gold (50m back)
  • 2017 Can Am Para-swimming Championships, gold (50m free, 50m fly)
Personal: In 2010, Smith experienced a sudden onset of facial paralysis and numbness, as well as tingling and weakness on her left side. She spent the next five months in the hospital as doctors tried to figure out the cause of her symptoms. She was diagnosed with a rare neurological muscle disease called dystonia in January 2012. In August 2014, she encountered a setback when she began experiencing seizures and was hospitalized for two months. She began swimming in 2014 as part of an aquatic rehabilitation session recommended by her physiotherapist. In 2017, as a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she set the American, Pan Am and world record in the S4 50-meter butterfly at the 2017 U.S. Paralympic Swimming World Championships Trials. ...Daughter of Mary and Kay Smith…Has five brothers, Ryan, Eric, Matthew, William and Robby…Was named to the U.S. Women’s Sled Hockey developmental team in 2015.