Smit and Team USA Tenth in 4x100 Individual Medley

Aug. 1, 2009

ROME, Italy-- Stanford's Julia Smit and her American teammates finished in 10th place in the 4x100 individual medley relay at the World Aquatic Championships, the third of four events for the All-American and Olympic Cardinal swimmer.

Smit swam the anchor and fastest leg of the four-woman team, swimming 54.15 over the final 100 meters and giving Team USA a time of 3:59.01. The American's pace, set by China at 3:56.14 in the preliminaries, was five-tenths of a second from qualifying for the finals later in the day.

Smit previous helped Team USA into the finals of the 4x100 freestyle relay and was ninth in the Semifinals of the 200 individual medley.

Smit will be in action on Sunday to close out the meet when she competes in the 400 individual medley. She set the NCAA record in the event earlier this year. Smit will be paired with world record holder and Australian Stephanie Rice and fellow American Olympian Elizabeth Biesel in the sixth heat.

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