Smit, Breeden, Bishop And Krug Reach Friday's Championship Finals

March 9, 2007

Minneapolis, Minn. - Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop and Cassidy Krug have all qualified for Friday's championship finals session with their performances in individual events during prelim action Friday at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinal will also have a pair of relay teams in Friday's championship finals at the University Aquatic Center as the 200 medley relay squad finished seventh in the prelims, while the 800 free relay team will be seeded sixth.

Smit, Breeden and Bishop will all be swimming in a finals session for a second consecutive day, while Krug is the top qualifier from the 3-meter prelims with 372.90 points and looking to win a second consecutive NCAA title after capturing her first career NCAA crown with a 1-meter victory on Thursday when she became the first Stanford diver to ever win the event.Smit (400 IM, 4:10.42), Breeden (100 fly, 52.79) and Bishop (100 back, 53.49) all finished fifth in their respective events during Friday's prelims with Bishop beating her personal-best time by one-hundredth of a second.

Stanford's 200 medley relay team qualified for the championship finals with a seventh-place effort as a team of Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (26.26, 50 back split), Caroline Bruce (27.91, 50 breast split), Breeden (23.23, 50 fly split) and Bishop (21.85, 50 free split) checked in with a time of 1:39.25.

In addition, Stanford has the sixth-seeded team in the finals of the 800 free relay with a qualifying time of 7:06.59 in an event in which there are no prelims.

Bruce also qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 breast (1:01.50) with a 10th-place showing in the prelims.

Other swimmers competing for the Cardinal in Friday's prelim session included Kelley Hug (27th, 54.50), Laura Wadden (31st, 54.65) and Nilasha Ghosh (32nd, 54.68) in the 100 fly; Whitney Spence (33rd, 1:48.43) and Elizabeth Durot (68th, 1:50.83) in the 200 free; and Hug (37th, 55.59), Caroline Rodriguez (38th, 55.77), Andrea Axtell (41st, 56.13) and O'Donnell-McCarthy (46th, 56.99) in the 100 back.

Other top individual finishers in Friday's prelims were Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger (400 IM, 4:07.16), California's Dana Vollmer (100 fly, 51.33, pool record), Auburn's Emily Kukors (200 free, 1:43.96), California's Jessica Hardy (100 breast, 1:00.19) and Arizona's Hailey Degolia (100 back, 52.66, pool record).

Arizona won the prelims of the session-opening 200 medley relay when a team of Andrea Boritzke (25.10, 50 back split), Annie Chandler (27.42, 50 breast split), Lara Jackson (23.22, 50 fly split) and Lindsey Kelly (21.83, 50 free split) recorded a pool record time of 1:37.57.

Auburn will be the top seeded team in Friday's 800 free relay finals with a qualifying time of 7:04.12.

The finals of the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving and 800 free relay will be contested during Friday evening's finals session that is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm, CT.

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