Cardinal Just Misses in Rome

July 26, 2009

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ROME, Italy-- In a day of near misses, Stanford's Julia Smit just missed qualifying for the Finals of the 200 individual medley at the World Aquatic Championships on Sunday, while in the 4x100-meter relay, Smit and fellow Stanford teammate Kate Dwelley, helped the Americans into the Finals, before watching a fourth place finish.

In the 200 IM, which Smit set an American record in at the World Championship Trials earlier this month, the Stanford All-American was two-tenths of a second from qualifying, finishing behind France's Camille Muffat (2:10.08) for the final spot. She swam 2:10.29 in the Semifinals, after finishing seventh in the heats (2:10.94). American teammate Ariana Kukors set the world record in the Finals (2:07.03), breaking Australia's Stephanie Rice Olympic record-breaking time (2:08.45).

The Stanford duo helped the Americans into the Finals of the 4x100 freestyle relay by swimming the first two legs of the preliminaries. Smit raced out to the fifth fastest time (54.25) after the first 100 meters, before Dwelley followed with a time of 54.65, as the Americans remained in seventh to qualify for the Finals later that evening (3:37.64). The duo then watched as Netherlands broke one of six world records at the meet on Day One, as the U.S. was fourth with a time of 3:35.23, two seconds behind the Australians.

Smit will be back at it on Sunday when she competes in the 400 individual medley. She set the NCAA record in the event earlier this year.

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