Smit Breaks American Record at U.S. Trials
July 7, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-- NCAA Champion and Stanford junior Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY) set the American record in the 200 individual medley en route to a first place finish at the U.S. World Championship Trials on Tuesday.
Smit, a 2008 Olympic medalist and reigning NCAA Champion in the 200 and 400 Ims, emerged as the top seed following the preliminaries with a time of 2:10.54, a second off the American record.
She bettered that mark in the finals, breaking Katie Hoff's one-year old record of 2:09.71, with a mark of 2:09.34. Stanford teammate Kate Dwelley (Brentwood, CA)
Smit was not the only Stanford woman in a Final on Tuesday, as Elaine Breeden (57.46) finished third in the 100 butterfly. Breeden (Lexington, KY) was edged out of the top-two slots by Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson, who swam a course-record 57.15 and Cal's Dana Vollmer.
In the preliminaries, Breeden was second to fellow Olympian, Magnuson, swimming 57.61.
Universal Sports will broadcast live from Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m. NBC will package the remainder of the meet which will be shown over two days - Saturday, July 11 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Also, all Prelims and Finals sessions will be webcast live on Swimnetwork.com. Swimnetwork will also be hosting a “pre-game show” each evening as an in-venue and webcast lead-up to the finals.
The Trials continue through July 11.
WATCH SMIT'S RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCE: