Julia Smit Destroys the Field in the 400 IM on Day 2 of the Texas Invitational

Nov. 30, 2007

Austin, Texas - Stanford rolled through another successful day at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center as the 200 medley relay swam to an NCAA automatic, while three individuals also earned their way to the Big Dance.Julia Smit swam to the swim of the meet with a 4:06.95 in the 400 IM, beating her nearest competitors by over nine seconds.

Also earning an NCAA automatic standard was freshman Kate Dwelley, coming back to take second in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.06, which ties the freshman for sixth place on Stanford's all time top ten list. Building off of a great first day, Bruce garnered yet another NCAA automatic cut in the 100 breast. The former NCAA champion in the event (2005) swam to a third place finish in a time of 1:01.56.

Smit made her mark leading off the NCAA automatic qualifying 200 medley relay. Senior Caroline Bruce, sophomore Elaine Breeden, and senior Brooke Bishop completed the relay, which finished way under the automatic time standard, with a time of 1:39.44.

Achieving NCAA `B' time standards today were Liz Smith who finished fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:16.02 and Nilasha Ghosh who finished tenth with a time of 4:20.16. Four Stanford swimmers achieved the NCAA `B' standard in the 200 free as Breeden (1:49.15), Elizabeth Durot (1:48.73), Whitney Spence (1:48.99) and Julie Smith (1:49.75) all placed in the top 16 of the event. Smith struck again in the 100 breast finishing fourth overall with a NCAA `B' qualifying standard in 1:02.95. Fellow freshman Kerry Kraemer finished sixth with a 1'03.94, also achieving the `B' standard. In the final event of the evening, Stanford had eight swimmers qualify for second swims, while four of those bettered the NCAA `B' standard. Sophomore Kelley Hug finished fifth with a 54.69, while Senior Bishop finished in 54.93. Juniors Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Andrea Axtell finished with a 55.54 and a 56.00, respectively.

'We kept great momentum today and we are looking forward to our best sessions yet tomorrow.' Said head coach Lea Maurer about the second day's events.

For the Cardinal divers, Freshman Meg Hostage had another strong performance on the second day of the Texas Invitational. Hostage, the only Stanford Diver to final, placed 3rd on 1-meter with the score of 286.25. Mary Yarrison (Texas) won the 1-meter with a score of 300.95.

Also competing for the Cardinal in the 1-meter prelims were Sarah Ohr (10th, 232.75), Katie Lampe (13th, 229.40), Carmen Stellar (19th, 218.80), Shana Karp (20th, 217.25), and Hallie Ivester (26th, 200.20).

On the final day of the Texas Invitational, Cardinal divers will compete on platform. Preliminaries begin at 12:30 pm, CT (10:30 am, PT).

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