Smit Races to Sixth at World 400 IM

Aug. 2, 2009

ROME, Italy-- NCAA Champion and Stanford All-American Julia Smit finished in sixth place in the Finals of the World Aquatic Championship 400 intermediate medley on Sunday with a personal-best 4:35.33.

Smit, who raced in the meet's fastest preliminary, posted the fourth-fastest heat time overall, and third-best in her race; behind world record holder Stephanie Rice (4:34.62) and fellow American Olympian Elizabeth Beisel (4:34.80). Smit's time of 4:35.84 was just one tenth of a second off her personal-best of 4:35.73.

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu then set the standard in the Finals, setting a course record  at 4:30.31, as Smit broke her personal-best by four-tenths of a second (4:35.33).

It was the fourth event of the World Championships for Smit, who has one more year remaining with the Cardinal. She previously competed in the 200 intermediate medley and 400-meter medley and freestyle relays. The ladder she swam with Stanford teammate Kate Dwelley.

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