Watch Swimmer Sierra Schmidt Hype Herself Up at the Olympic Trials With Some Poolside Dancing
Swimmer Sierra Schmidt is known as the "dancing queen" in the collegiate swimming world, where she just finished her senior season at the University of Michigan. And, the 23-year-old from Erdenheim, PA, took those moves all the way to the 2021 Olympic Trials. "It's something that works for me," Schmidt said in a profile for Michigan Athletics two years ago. "When I put the headphones on, kind of everything drops away, and, you know, it's just me, the music, the race, and my team."
Schmidt did ballet when she was younger, and she said she applied some of the techniques she learned into her swimming (and into her pre-meet dancing, we're sure!). Dancing, she noted, activates the muscles in her body that she needs to fire up prior to a race. The routines, which started as "swaying," are now pre-planned and oftentimes consist of choreography from YouTube. For instance, you'll find her doing K-pop numbers poolside. She also brought her dancing skills to the Olympic Trials in 2016 as a teen.
Ahead, check out Schmidt's moves right before the 400m, 800m, and 1,500m freestyle finals, plus other footage from the pool deck. Though she didn't qualify for Tokyo — she finished sixth in the 400m, seventh in the 1,500m, and eighth in the 800m — we're so glad we got to see her fun warm-ups! It's a good reminder to not take yourself too seriously and to enjoy the special moments with a shake and a shimmy.
Watch Sierra Schmidt Dance Ahead of the Women's 400m Freestyle Olympic Trials Final
We're so into this dance number. Look at her with that fluidity and flare!
Watch Sierra Schmidt Dance Ahead of the Women's 1,500m Freestyle Olympic Trials Final
One of our resident POPSUGAR K-pop lovers identified this dance as choreography that girl group TWICE does to their song "CHEER UP." Check out those moves, for comparison, here.
Watch Sierra Schmidt in the 400m Freestyle Olympic Trials Final
Before finishing with a time of 4:09.11, Schmidt gets her groove on.
Watch Sierra Schmidt in the 1,500m Freestyle Olympic Trials Final
Check out those K-pop dance moves! Schmidt finished in 16:08.69.
Watch Sierra Schmidt in the 800m Freestyle Olympic Trials Final
You'll see Schmidt briefly shaking it out before the women's 800m freestyle. We could recognize those moves from miles away!
Sierra Schmidt Dancing to More K-Pop at the 2021 Olympic Trials
Another K-pop fan spotted Schmidt doing choreography from TWICE's song "LIKEY." Here is the group's dance video for comparison.