AS A JUNIOR IN 2011-12
Touched eighth in the 1000 free in 9:16.79 to earn All-America distinction at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Mansfield, Texas ... Also placed 12th in the 500 free (4:30.78) and 20th in the 1650 (16:08.57) ... At the Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships, was 18th in the 1650 (15:44.43) ... Also swam 4:02.79 in prelims of the 400 IM, 4:29.26 in prelims of the 500 free, and 1:53.62 in prelims of the 200 fly.
Attended UC Davis during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years and swam for the Aggies as a freshman in 2009-10 before the school cut its men's swimming and diving program ... UCD won a Big West Conference title in 2010.
Competed for Seal Beach Swim Club (2000-09) and West Coast Swimming (2007-09).
A 2009 graduate of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School ... 2008 MVP ... Member of the 2006 Sunset League champion Griffins.
Born June 5, 1990 in Long Beach ... Parents are Brian Smith and Sandra Pelkela ... Both parents attended Whitworth College ... Has an older sister named Katie and a younger brother named Hayden ... Majoring in economics at Roosevelt College ... Goal is to make senior partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP ... Counts traveling with his club team among his top memories in swimming and earning All-America honors as his favorite UCSD moment ... Roots for the Los Angeles Lakers, FC Barcelona and Chivas USA ... Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Allison Schmitt is his favorite athlete ... School of Rock is his favorite movie ... Enjoys listening to music, sleeping and eating ... Hip hop/rap music can be found on his playlist ... Could eat chicken tacos from El Burrito Jr. in Seal Beach for the rest of his life ... Lists his father, Patti Haney, Pete Motekaitis and Rick Henderson among his greatest influences ... Speaks Japanese.
2012 NCAA Division II National Championships
1000 Free - 9:16.79 - 8th Place (All-American)
500 Free - 4:30.78 - 12th Place
1650 Free - 16:08.57 - 20th Place