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Athletic Hall of Fame

Joan Alley Smith

Joan Alley Smith


At Rochester:

  • Three-sport athlete-soccer, swimming, and track and field
  • First female track All-American in 1983
  • Earned two All-America honors in swimming and was voted the Most Outstanding Swimmer in New York State in 1982
  • Held nine swimming records and two track records (one of which still stands)
  • Graduated from the University in 1984 with a degree in Nursing


  • Joined Athletes in Action and traveled with them to Eastern Europe to compete in 1985
  • In 1987, she moved to California to pursue a full-time career as a professional tri-athlete (attaining a U.S. top 10 ranking)