Julia Smit Qualifies For Sunday's 200 Back Finals At Pan Am Games

July 21, 2007

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Julia Smit qualified for Sunday's 200 back finals with her performance Saturday during semifinal action of the event at the long-course meters 2007 Pan American Games. Smit was the third overall qualifier in the semifinals of event with a time of 2:13.50.

'Julia is racing with a lot of confidence, and she has given herself the opportunity to finish the meet strong,' said Stanford women's swimming head coach and Pan American Games assistant coach Lea Maurer.

She has already become the first Stanford women's swimming affiliate since 1979 to win three gold medals at the meet. Smit captured gold twice on Thursday in both the 100 back and as the leadoff leg of a victorious American 4x100 free relay squad. On Friday, she came back with a victory in the 200 individual medley and set a new Pan American Games record in the process with a time of 2:13.07. Her times Thursday in both the 100 back (1:02.01) win and her 100 free relay leg (56.22) were also personal-bests.

Smit is the only Stanford women's swimmer participating in the 2007 Pan American Games.

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

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