Sports & Recreation

Best High School Athlete 

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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