Julia Smit Wins Bronze On Second Day Of Summer Senior Nationals
Aug. 1, 2007
The second day of competition at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships concluded this evening in Indianapolis, Ind. Julia Smit earned the first medal of the competition for the Stanford affiliates in the 400 IM.
In the 400 meter IM, Smit turned in an outstanding performance as she captured the bronze medal in a time of 4:42.37, just .12 seconds behind the second place finisher. Caitlin Leverenz (El Dorado) captured the title in a time of 4:40.81, while Kathleen Hersey (Swim Atlanta) earned a second place finish in 4:42.25.
'Julia raced really well against a tight field,' said head coach Lea Maurer. 'We are happy with her third place finish and hopefully she can build on that going into the 200 IM.'
Though no Stanford affiliates qualified for the 100 meter freestyle finals, Dara Torres, who once trained at Stanford for the 2000 Olympic Games, claimed the top spot. She posted a time of 54.45 to capture the gold medal.
There were no Stanford qualifiers in the 200 meter backstroke, however Caroline Bruce (2:17.84), Andrea Axtell (2:18.36), and Laura Wadden (2:20.77) all competed in the prelims, finishing 29th, 36th, and 62nd, respectively.
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