Smit Finishes Second at Trials in 400 IM
July 9, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-- Stanford junior and NCAA record holder Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY) is likely headed to her second World Championship event after finishing second in the 400 individual medley on Thursday at the U.S. World Championship Trials.
Smit, who set the American record in the 200 individual medley on Tuesday, came into the Finals with the top time in the preliminaries, at 4:40.27. She almost pulled off her second Gold Medal of the meet, nearly overtaking fellow American Elizabeth Beisel over the final 100 meters of freestyle. But Beisel touched the wall first at 4:36.31, as Smit finished second at 4:36.73 for the Silver Medal.
Smit is already headed to Rome, Italy for the World Championships starting on July 18, gaining the automatic selection following the first place finish in the 200 IM. Over the past three summers, Smit has won five medals at the Pan American Games in 2007, a Bronze in Beijing and now two more medals at the Trials.
It was another solid finals performance for the Cardinal women, who have competed in 10 Finals over three days. Kerry Kraemer (Burnsville, MN) reached the Finals in the 100 breaststroke, finishing eighth at 1:09.18. Kate Dwelley (Brentwood, CA), competing in her third final in three days, was third in the “B” Final of the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.49, bettering her time from 25.56 in the preliminaries. Samantha Woodward (Edmond, OK) was eighth in the “B” Final at 25.76.
The Trials run through July 11.
**-- the top two finishers at the Trials, more than likely, are invited to the World Championships in Rome later this month.