Breeden and Smit Finalists for Honda Award

March 22, 2010

STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford swimmers Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit are two of the four finalists for the Honda-Broderick Sports Award, given annually to the nation's top swimmer.

Smit, who ended her career as a 26 All-American for the national runners-up, won the 200 and 400 individual medleys at her final collegiate meet, the NCAA Championships. She was also a part of the 400 free relay team that won the NCAA title, giving the senior six NCAA titles in her career. The 200 free relay and 400 medley teams each placed second at well at the NCAAs.

For those efforts, seven All-America certificates, including three NCAA titles, Smit was named the NCAA Championships Swimmer of the Meet. She leaves the school as a five-time school-record holder, and is the only American swimmer under four minutes in the 400-yard IM (3:58.23).

Breeden, a 24-time All-American, defended her national title in the 200 butterfly, winning the event for the third time in four seasons. She added the 100 fly to her resume with a win in that event in 2010. Breeden is just the third woman ever to win the NCAA title in the 200 fly three times and becomes the first Cardinal flyer since Misty Hyman in 1998 to win both events at nationals. Her consistency shown through out her career as she was a four-time All-American in five events.

The five-time All-American in 2010 was also a part of the second place 400 medley team, and reached the final eight in the 200 IM and the 200 medley relay. Breeden leaves the school as the American, NCAA and school-record holder in the 200 fly, and the school-record holder in the 100 fly.

For the Pac-10 Champions, Smit was named the conference's swimmer of the meet following American, NCAA and school-records in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Breeden won the 100 fly for the second-time in her career, posting her sixth Pac-10 title in the butterfly over her four-year career. It was the school's first conference title since 2005.

Breeden is also a  first team Academic All-American and three-time academic all-conference swimmer with a major in classics, while Smit is a three-time academic all-conference selection with a major of anthropology and minor in studio art.

Earlier this year Smit set the world record in the 200 IM and 400 IM at the shortcourse Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England.

The duo were also American teammates at the 2008 Olympics, with Smit bringing home a silver (400 free relay) and bronze (800 free relay) and Breeden winning a silver medal (400 medley relay) in Beijing.

Other nominees include Gemma Spofforth from the University of Florida and Allison Schmitt of the University of Georgia.

Voting will be done this week by Senior Women's Administrators across the country with Honda donating $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university and $5000 to the winner's program. The winner will then be a nominee for the national The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

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