USC's Zoltan Povazsay, Stanford's Julia Smit Name Pac-10 Swimmers Of The Month
Dec. 4, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior Zoltan Povazsay and STANFORD junior Julia Smit have been named the Pac-10 Swimmers of the Month for November, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Povazsay helped USC open the season with a 159.5-126.5 win over Notre Dame. The Dunakeszi, Hungary native won the 500 free with a time of 4:31.48 and tied for first in the 200 free touching in at 1:39.88. In USC's upset over defending national champion Arizona, Povazsay placed first in the 500 free with a time of 4:25.48 for the Trojans. In USC's win over Arizona State he finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.06.
This is the first monthly honor for Povazsay and the third Men's Swimmer of the Month for USC.
Smit's November was impressive as the junior set a new world record in the 400-meter individual medley, a new American record in the 200-meter IM and registered four NCAA 'A' standard times. Competing at the 2008 Canada Cup in Toronto, the Mt. Sinai, N.Y., native established the world record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:25.87, .65-second better than the previous record of 4:26.52 set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe. Smit placed first in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:06.49, breaking a 15-year-old American record by 1.3 seconds. She also finished in the top spot in three other events in Toronto. In fact, Smit ranks among the top 10 in the nation in seven events so far this season.
This marks the second monthly honor for Smit and the fifth Women's Swimmer of the Month all-time for Stanford.
2008-09 PAC-10 MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Zoltan Povazsay, USC
2008-09 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Julia Smit, STAN