Stanford Moves Up One Spot To Fourth At NCAA Championships

March 21, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Stanford moved up one spot to fourth at the end of the second day of action Friday at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships taking place on the campus of The Ohio State University. Arizona took a commanding lead in the meet with 361 points, while Auburn (244), Texas A&M (227), Stanford (212) and California (203) are all battling for second place. Julia Smit won her first NCAA title with a victory in the 400 IM, posting a personal-best time of 4:02.41 to come within 0.13 seconds of Summer Sanders' 16-year old NCAA, NCAA Meet and Stanford records.

'I'm really excited about winning my first national championship,' said Smit. 'Setting up momentum for the team and for the rest of the meet was really important to me, and I feel like the team is in a really great place after tonight.'

Stanford started Friday's finals session with an impressive second place showing in the 200 medley relay when a team of Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (25.24), Caroline Bruce (27.59), Elaine Breeden (23.16) and Brooke Bishop (21.64) clocked a 1:37.63 to miss the school record by just .06 ticks.

'We climbed back in it tonight with a lot of heart and some really great swims,' said Stanford head women's swimming and diving coach Lea Maurer. 'Tomorrow is a clean slate. It's a war now from third through fifth, and we are really looking forward to rising in tomorrow's prelims and again at night like we have for the past two days.'

The three-day meet will conclude on Saturday with prelims (11 am, ET) and finals (7 pm, ET) sessions. The seven events to be contested on Saturday include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay.

A full recap will follow.

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