Julia Smit Qualifies For Pan Am Games 100 Back Finals

July 18, 2007

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Julia Smit has qualified for Thursday's finals of the 100 meter back at the Pan American Games by recording the third-fastest time overall during two 100 meter back semifinals held Wednesday. Smit, who had clocked a personal-best time of 1:02.33 that was the fastest of three heats on Tuesday, went 1:02.67 in the second of two semifinals on Wednesday.

'Julia is doing a tremendous job in her first opportunity to represent the United States in such a big competition,' said Stanford women's swimming head coach and Pan American Games assistant coach Lea Maurer. 'She's in a great position to bring home hardware in her first event of the meet, and that is all we are looking for heading into the finals.'

Smit is also scheduled to compete in the 200 meter individual medley and 200 meter back beginning on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

For results and more information on the 2007 Pan American Games, go to rio2007.org.br

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