Four Swimmers Headline Women's National Team
Aug. 27, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Four Stanford swimmers, Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, Liz Smith and Kelsey Ditto, were named to USA Swimming's National Team for the 2009-10 season, ranking in the top-six in at least one of 13 disciplines.
Smit, the NCAA record holder in both the 200 and 400 individual medley, set the American record in 200 IM at the World Championship Trials this past July. She currently has America's second-fastest times in the 200 (2:09.34) and 400 (4:35.33) medleys, as well as the fourth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle (54.38).
Breeden, a 19-time All-American over three seasons at Stanford, posted the U.S.'s third-fastest butterfly times in the 100 and 200-meter events. Breeden's time of 57.46 in the 100 and 2:07.40 in the 200 both came at the World Championship Trials.
Smith, a 2008 All-American in both breaststrokes, has the nation's fifth-fastest 200-meter breaststroke time at 2:26.84, set at the Trials.
Ditto, a transfer from the University of Georgia, earned a spot with the 400 freestyle swimmers after posting the fifth-fastest time (4:10.03) at the Trials. Ditto, a two-time All-American, posted the fourth-fastest times in the 1000 and 1650 freestyles in Bulldog history during her two seasons.
Swimmers are selected for the USA Swimming National Team based upon their times in Olympic events swum in 2009 at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, the U.S. Open, World University Games and FINA World Championships. Swimmers with the top six times in each event make the National Team, however, relay lead-offs and time trials are not included.