Breeden and Smit Both Win in Irvine

May 29, 2010

IRVINE, Calif.-- Stanford senior Elaine Breeden won the 100-meter long course butterfly and Julia Smit won the 200-meter backstroke and was a runner-up in the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley to highlight the Cardinal women on the second of three days at the Speedo Grand Challenge.

The Honda Finalists paced the field ahead of their own teammates, as Breeden, the NCAA champion in the yard course event in March, scored a time of 59.20 to win the title, as junior Sam Woodward was fourth in the same finals with a time of 1:00.71.

Smit won the 200 back with a time of 2:13.43, while Betsy Webb won the consolation finals, finishing fifth overall, with a time of 2:19.90 ahead of teammates Natalie Durant (6th) and Jessie Hammes (8th).

In the 200 free, Smit's time of 2:00.84 was second, while freshman Andi Murez was third with a time of 2:01.44 as Katinka Hosszu paced the field with a time of 1:59.10. In the 400 individual medley, Smit finished second with a time of 4:41.79, also to Hosszu (4:39.89). Junior Liz Smith was third with a time of 4:43.90, as Rebecca Hinds (12th), Kaia Simmons (14th) and Jamie Bruce (15th) all made consolation finals amongst the top-20 competitors.

The Challenge runs through Sunday with prelims starting at 9 a.m and finals starting at 4 p.m.

Full Results
http://www.socalswim.org/HTResults/2010GrandChallenge/

SPEEDO CHALLENGE FOR STANFORD (Top-20):
Saturday
200 Free: Smit (2nd-2:00.84), Murez (3rd-2:01.44) Consolation C: Woodward (13th), Durant (16th)
400 IM: Smit (2nd-4:41.79), Smith (3rd-4:43.90) Consolation B: Hinds (12th) Consolation C: Simmons (14th), Bruce (15th)
100 Fly: Breeden (1st-59.20), Woodward (4th-1:00.71) Consolation B: Murez (9th) Consolation C: Hammes (19th)
200 Back: Smit (1st-2:13.43), Consolation B:Webb (5th-2:19.80), Durant (6th-2:21.52), Hammes (8th),

Friday
200 IM: Finals: Smit (3rd), Consolation B: Breeden (7th), Smith (8th), Dwelley (9th), Consolation C: Bruce (17th)
100 Breast: Consolation B: Smith (5th), Consolation B: Kraemer (11th), Consolation C: Bruce (14th)
50 Free: Smit (3rd), Woodward (4th) Consolation B: Webb (8th), Murez (9th)
400 Free: Consolation B: Durant (10th), Dwelley (11th), Duckworth (12th)

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