Stanford's Smit Honda Award Recipient for Women's Swimming
March 31, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior Julia Smit recently was named the 2009-10 recipient of the Honda Award for women’s swimming. The Honda Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The honor is based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Sports Awards program, now in its 34th year. With this honor Smit will now be considered for the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the top female athlete across 12 sports.
The Mt. Sinai, N.Y. native is Stanford’s 10th winner of the Honda Sports Award. Smit set two world short course records and broke her own American, NCAA and school records in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM this season. Smit was the NCAA Championships Swimmer of the Meet in March, winning titles in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM for the third time in her career. She also swam as on the winning 400-yard free relay and on the runner-up 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM relays, to help her team finish second overall at the championships.
She is the world record holder in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM short course, set at the Dual in the Pool in Manchester, England. She also broke two of her own American/NCAA records this season in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM at the Pac-10 Championships, earning her Swimmer of the Meet honors.
Smit also was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for an unprecedented four straight months this season and won six career Pac-10 individual titles. The 26-time All-American also holds five individual school records.
Other nominees included Smit’s teammate, senior Elaine Breeden, Georgia sophomore Allison Schmitt and Florida senior Gemma Spofforth.