Green River freshman Tanith Smith has burst onto the Class 3A swimming scene in 2021 and become one of the top swimmers in the state.

Smith, who admitted to being the only swimmer in her family, is the focus of our WyoPreps Spotlight Feature.

WyoPreps’ David Settle spoke to Smith before a recent swim meet in Laramie. Smith talked about how tired she is but still fighting through and having a good first year of high school swimming. She also discussed the possibility of the Wolves winning state again, where her love for swimming stems from, which events she prefers, and more.

Smith has the second-fastest time in five of the eight swimming events in the Class 3A ranks. She is top four in the other two events.

Her times of 25.48 seconds and 54.91 seconds in the 50 and 100 freestyles trail only Tara Joyce, a junior from Cody. It’s the same in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, where Joyce is the defending 3A champ. Smith’s times in the two long distances races are 2:00.26 and 5:25.94.

The freshman is second behind Buffalo’s Makenna Lambert in the 100 backstroke race. She is fourth in the butterfly event and fourth in the IM, behind Joyce and Lambert.

Smith has combined with seniors Lilly Munoz and Haily Uhrig and sophomores Courtney Clark and Brianna Uhrig to lead Green River this fall. The Wolves look to be the favorites to capture the 3A state championship next month in Gillette.


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