Smit, Breeden, Bishop And Two Relay Teams Qualify For Championship Finals

March 8, 2007

Minneapolis, Minn. - Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden and Brooke Bishop all earned spots in Thursday's championship finals session with their performances in individual events during the morning prelims Thursday during the opening session at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinal also qualified its 200 yard free and 400 yard medley relay teams for Thursday night's finals session at the University Aquatic Center (7 pm, CT).

The freshmen duo of Smit (1:57.89) and Breeden (1:58.05) finished fourth and fifth in the 200 IM, respectively. Bishop will be a championship finalist in the 50 free (22.31) after getting the eighth and final spot during the morning prelims.

Smit, Breeden and Bishop were also all members of both relay teams that earned a spot in Thursday night's championship finals.

The 400 medley relay that finished in a season-best 3:34.96 was led off by Smit, who went a personal-best 53.82 in her leadoff 100 back leg in an effort that made her Stanford's No. 7 all-time performer in the event. Bruce (1:00.77, 100 breast split), Breeden (52.00, 100 fly split) and Bishop (48.37, 100 free split) swam the other legs.

Smit also led off a 200 free relay squad that placed sixth in a new school record time of 1:29.40 with a personal-best 50 free mark of 22.74 during the leadoff split. Breeden (22.38, 50 free split), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (22.70, 50 free split) and Bishop (21.58, 50 free split).

Stanford had two other swimmers that will be alternates for Thursday night's consolation finals session as Whitney Spence was 17th in the 500 free (4:45.75) and Caroline Bruce took 18th in the 200 IM (1:59.69). The top eight swimmers in the prelims of each race reach the championship finals of each race, while the next eight make it to the consolation finals.

Other swimmers competing for the Cardinal included Desireé Stahley (28th, 4:47.70), Morgan Hentzen (35th, 4:49.44) and Elizabeth Durot (44th, 4:50.89) in the 500 free, Nilasha Ghosh (41st, 2:01.82) in the 200 IM, and Madeline Rovira (49th, 23.17) and O'Donnell-McCarthy (54th, 23.24) in the 50 free.

Top individual finishers in Thursday's swimming prelims were Florida's Caroline Burckle (500 free, 4:39.36), Auburn's Ava Ohlgren (200 IM, 1:56.52, pool record) and Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce (50 free, 21.79, pool record).

Michigan won the prelims of the meet-opening 200 free relay prelims when a team of Kaitlyn Brady (22.66), Margaret Kelly (21.91), Hannah Smith (22.37) and Lindsey Smith (21.88) checked in with a time of 1:28.82. California was the top finisher in the 400 medley relay prelims with a time of 3:32.47 recorded by a foursome of Lauren Rogers (54.00), Jessica Hardy (59.25), Dana Vollmer (50.82), Emily Silver (48.40).

Cassidy Krug and Shana Karp are scheduled to begin the prelims of the 1-meter diving competition at 1 pm, CT.

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