Two Days, Two Records: Julia Smit Sets American Record in the 200-meter Individual Medley
Nov. 29, 2008
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - A day after setting the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, Stanford University junior Julia Smit broke a 15-year-old American record in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:06.49. Competing on the second day of the 2008 Canada Cup held at the Etobicoke Olympium in Toronto, Canada, Smit was 1.3 seconds faster than Alison Wagner, who set the previous American record of 2:07.79 on December 5, 1993 in Mallorca, Spain.
Smit's second record-setting performance in as many days continues to cement her place amongst the top IM swimmers in the world. In today's 200-meter IM, she swam the 50-meter butterfly leg in 28.20, the backstroke in 31.54, the breaststroke in 36.99 and the final freestyle leg in 29.76.
Stanford swimmers as a whole continued a stellar meet, establishing several meet records. Among the top performers was junior Elaine Breeden, who won the 100-meter breast with a meet-record and NCAA 'A' standard time of 57.88. Breeden later achieved a 'B' cut in the 200 IM by touching the wall in 2:11.68.
Sophomore Kate Dwelley established the Canada Cup record en route to winning the 400-meter freestyle in 4:05.09, while freshman Sam Woodward broke the meet standard while winning the 50-meter free in 24.99. Freshman Jessica Rodriquez, Dwelley, junior Whitney Spence and Smit delivered Stanford a victory in the 800-meter freestyle relay with an NCAA 'B' and meet-record time of 7:52.02 - just .95-second shy of an 'A' cut.
The Cardinal was a fixture in finals throughout the day. Spence finished fourth in the 400 free with a time of 4:10.92, while Rodriquez was fifth (4:10.97) and freshman Angela Duckworth placed eighth (4:15.42). Woodward (second - 58.58) and junior Kelley Hug (fourth - 59.35, but 59.07 in the prelims) each achieved NCAA 'B' cuts in the 100 fly, while former Stanford great Tara Kirk placed fifth (59.62). Senior Laura Wadden (1:00.41) and junior Stefanie Sutton (1:01.20) finished ninth and 15th, respectively.
Stanford also received a trio of scoring efforts in the 200-meter breast, led by sophomore Liz Smith, who finished third with a strong NCAA 'B' time of 2:25.77. Kirk placed fifth (2:27.56), while freshman Jamie Bruce finished 11th (2:30.60). Junior Meredith Ayres gave the Cardinal a third scorer in the 200 IM, finishing 12th (2:17.82).
The three-day Canada Cup concludes tomorrow, with Stanford in first place with 1,009.5 points. The UBC Dolphins are second with 621 points.