Tony's running career was sparked by Mr. Shepard, his Wilson Elementary school physical education teacher who encouraged him to complete the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge. Tony's running improved in middle school and he enjoyed success in high school at the national level.
During his years at the University of Michigan, Tony experienced and overcame many challenges culminating in several successes his senior year. The Michigan cross country team won Big 10s and finished ninth at NCAAs.
During the outdoor track season, Tony placed fifth at Big 10 Championships in the 5k and qualified for NCAA Track and Field championships where he finished 15th in the 5k with a personal best of 13:55 - earning All American honors. Other notable PRs include 3k - 8:02 and 10k - 29:50.
Tony started competing in kids triathlons as an elementary student. At the age of 12, Tony competed in his first sprint distance triathlon and he was immediately hooked! Soon after, he set a goal to represent the USA as a triathlete in the Olympics.
Tony took a big step toward that goal in 2011 when he won a bronze medal at Junior World Championships in Beijing. He continued to represented the United States at Junior World Championships in 2012 and 2013.
After stepping away from triathlon to focus on running and engineering while he attended the University of Michigan; In January 2017, Tony returned to triathlon earning his pro card in March.
Tony is a member of the USAT Olympic Development Team and is coached by Greg Mueller, founder of Team Innovative Endurance.
Always fascinated by flying objects, Tony attended the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI in 2007 with Gerald, a family friend and US Air Force Pilot. Something in Tony was sparked and at the young age of 13 he was looking for a way to include his love for triathlon with his newfound passion for engineering. He achieved the first steps toward this union as an aerospace engineering student at the University of Michigan where he enjoyed internship experiences with both Alphamantis Technologies and Specialized Bicycle Components.
In January 2017, Tony began part-time work as a consultant for Specialized and in April 2017 earned a bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is continuing his consulting work with Specialized, working full-time during the off-season.
Tony's Early Life
Triathlon was Tony's destiny. Born March 24, 1994 to Jim and Julie Smoragiewicz, Tony had an athletic heritage. His father was a swimmer at the University of Maine (1975-1979) and his brother, Tyler, was a South Dakota State University (2009-2010) swimmer.
Tony graduated third in his class from Rapid City Central High School (2012) and received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Michigan for cross country and track.
Tony has worked hard his entire life to improve the natural athletic and academic talents that he inherited.
Here I am with my grandfathers, Anthony (Tony) Smoragiewicz and Erwin Reimann. Grandpa Tony walked 5 miles a day well into his 80s and helped coach youth swimming for many years. He was a skilled tradesman with strong mechanical skills. My grandpa Erwin was a biochemist, teaching medical students and conducting research for decades. He is still an avid tennis player. I am blessed to have inherited much of my athletic and academic talents from my grandfathers who are also my namesakes - Tony Erwin Smoragiewicz
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