Julia Smit Finishes Pan Am Games With Four Gold And Five Medals

July 22, 2007

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Julia Smit picked up two more medals on the final day of the long-course meters 2007 Pan American Games on Sunday to finish the meet with a total of five with four gold among her hardware. Both totals are the most at the Pan American Games by a Stanford women's swimming affiliate in recorded history.

Smit captured her fourth gold medal of the meet when she went 1:01.94 on the leadoff backstroke leg of a winning United States 4x100 medley relay team. Smit's 100 back time was her personal-best in the event for the second occasion in the meet, while the Americans' final time of 4:04.60 set a new Pan Am Games mark.

She came up with a silver medal in the 200 back after going a personal-best 1:11.18. The time was better than the previous Pan Am Games record but short of winner and fellow American Teresa Crippen's 2:10.57 mark.

Smit's first two gold medals came Thursday when she won both the 100 back and swam the leadoff leg of a victorious American 4x100 free relay squad. Her 100 free relay leg time of 56.22 on Thursday was also a personal-best. On Friday, she won a third gold medal with a victory in the 200 individual medley and set a new Pan American Games record in the process with another personal-best time of 2:13.07.

Smit was the only Stanford women's swimmer to participate in the 2007 Pan American Games.

'Julia had an awesome start to her international swimming career,' summarized Stanford women's swimming head coach and Pan American Games assistant coach Lea Maurer. 'With lifetime best times in all of her events, this meet should do a lot for her confidence heading into 2008. She represented Stanford and USA Swimming in a tremendous fashion.'

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

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