Julia Smit Picks Up Third Gold At Pan Am Games With 200 IM Meet Record

July 20, 2007

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Julia Smit picked up her third gold medal of the long-course meters 2007 Pan American Games on Friday when she set a new Pan American Games record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:13.07. Smit's time in the 200 IM was also the third personal-best of the meet. She had won gold twice on Thursday with personal-bests in both the 100 back (1:02.01) and on the leadoff 100 free leg (56.22) of a victorious American 4x100 free relay squad.

'Julia was very aggressive and attacked her swim this morning in the finals,' said Stanford women's swimming head coach and Pan American Games assistant coach Lea Maurer. 'I think it shows that she should continue to have better swims to come in that event in the future. She raced really tough, and it was a lot of fun to see the U.S. swimmers take gold and silver and surpass the meet record.'

'Yesterday was a little tough with back-to-back races, but I was able to make it to today's final and recorded a faster time,' added Smit.

Smit also began a run at her fourth gold medal of the meet and her third in an individual event when she advanced to Saturday's semifinals of the 200 back. Smit was the third overall qualifier during the heats of the event on Friday, clocking in with a time of 2:15.90 to win the second of three heats.

Smit is the only Stanford women's swimmer participating in the 2007 Pan American Games. Her gold medals are the first by a Stanford women's swimming affiliate since Morgan Hentzen captured the 800 free in 2003 prior to her freshman campaign on The Farm in 2003-04. On Friday, she also became the first Stanford women's swimming affiliate to win three or more gold medals at a single Pan American Games meet since Linda Jezek captured three (100 back, 200 back, 4x100 medley relay) in 1979.

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

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