Stanford Sweeps Pac-10 Swimming And Diving November Honors
Dec. 7, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford swept a pair of women's swimming and diving honors awarded by the Pac-10 on Thursday when Julia Smit was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for November, while Cassidy Krug picked up the same honor for diving. Both Smit and Krug won the honor for the first time in her career with Smit the fourth Stanford women's swimmer to take the honor and Krug the second Stanford women's diver.
Smit had a huge month of November in her first collegiate campaign, beginning with a performance that led Stanford to a pair of victories in a tri-meet November 10-11 in Knoxville against Tennessee and defending national champion Auburn, which also lifted Stanford to the nation's No. 1 ranking. Smit won three individual events (200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM) and also swam the backstroke on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relay squads. In addition, Smit was the backstroke swimmer for winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams on the first day of the Texas Invitational on the final day of the month November 30.
She currently has the nation's top time in the 200 back (1:53.95) and 400 IM (4:07.28), as well as the second-best time in the 200 IM (1:57.94) and is also fourth in the 100 back and ninth in the 50 free. In addition, she led off a 200 free relay squad that set a new school record (1:30.01) at the Texas Invitational on November 30 and recorded an NCAA `A' mark of 54.14 in the back during the leadoff leg of a winning 400 medley relay squad the same day. She has entered Stanford's list of all-time Top 10 performers in five events -- 400 IM (#2, 4:07.28), 200 back (#3, 1:53.95), 200 IM (#6, 1:57.94), 50 free (#8, 22.76), 100 back (#8, 54.14). In addition, she has recorded NCAA `A' times in each of the five events and also swam on four relay teams that have already reached the NCAA `A' standard.
Krug swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events to help lead the Cardinal to a tri-meet victory November 10-11 over both host Tennessee and defending national champion Auburn in Knoxville. She then finished second in both events November 17-18 at the Indiana Open Invitational, before adding another second-place showing in the 3-meter at the Texas Invitational on November 30.
'We've had a big month as a team and this is a big honor for a couple of our leaders,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'This shows that we have people that are some of the best in the country.'