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Best High School Athlete St. Louis 2007 - Liz Smith

Parkway South High School lost its big fish this past spring: Standout swimmer Liz Smith is now lapping her peers out in Palo Alto, California, at Stanford University, competing on the top-ranked team in NCAA Division I swimming. Smith, who specializes in breaststroke and individual medley, was swimmer-of-the-meet at the 2007 Missouri State High School Activities Association finals and broke two state records (one of which was her own). She also anchored two winning relays (in freestyle) and helped her team finish third overall. All this after taking her junior year off from high school competition in order to focus on national races. Which brings us to her present focus: Smith will soon suit up for the most important meet of her life: the 2008 Olympic Trials. Young women athletes all over the metro area will be glued to the television for that one. Here's to seeing St. Louis in Beijing!
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While it is true that men mature at a faster rate in college swimming, you can compare relative times. Liz's 100 and 200 Breast times place her in the top heats at NCAA I, while Scott's 100 and 200 Back times place him 68th, and 65th, well out of scoring position for his college team. There was a reason Liz was the number one recruit in the nation, not just the best St Louis Athlete! We applaud Scott's achievements, and wish him much success in college.


I have to strongly disagree....My vote goes to Scott Jostes as Best High School Athlete. He has more potential then Liz Smith and will end his career as a better athlete.


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