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Review: Olivia Smoliga wins 100 meter backstroke race in San Antonio, TX (Includes interview and first-hand account)

Olympic swimmer Olivia Smoliga - Markos Papadatos
Olympic swimmer Olivia Smoliga - Markos Papadatos

Smoliga won the women’s 100 meter backstroke race with a time of 59.49 seconds in a very stacked field. Regan Smith finished in second place clocking 59.50 seconds, and Kathleen Baker came in third with 59.57 seconds. “That felt good,” Smoliga said. “I was just happy to race those girls, I knew it was going to be tight. I was happy to play with a bit of strategy there, and getting the win was awesome.”

When asked which area she would like to improve upon, Smoliga responded, “Taking it out faster and see what I can hold on the second 50. I just want to have that second 50 be really strong going into the finish. Practicing back-half at practice is what I will be thinking about.”

On the greatest lesson that the quarantine has taught her, she said, “To enjoy what I do and don’t take things too seriously, and just do what you like to do.”

In the International Swimming League (ISL) Season 2, which took place in the bubble in Budapest, Hungary, Smoliga served as a co-captain of the Cali Condors, along with Caeleb Dressel, with Jason Lezak as the team’s General Manager. The Cali Condors were crowned winners of ISL Season 2.

To learn more about Olivia Smoliga, follow her on Instagram.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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