Breeden and Smit Named 1st Team Academic All-Americans
June 9, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford seniors, Olympians and multiple NCAA Champions, Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit were each named first team Academic All-Americans by CoSIDA on Wednesday, embodying what it means to be a student and athlete.
Breeden, who carries a 3.66 GPA as a classics major, was named to the first team for the second straight year. Smit, who has a 3.51 GPA as an anthropology major, was named to the team for the first time. Of the 15 first team selections for the at-large pool, seven came from the sport of swimming and diving amongst the 11 sports represented (bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo).
Breeden, who won both the 100 and 200-yard butterflies at the NCAA Championships, is just the third NCAA swimmer ever to win the 200-yard event three times in a career. She is the first Cardinal flyer to sweep the event since Misty Hyman in 1998. Breeden finished her career as a 24-time All-American.
For Smit, the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships Swimmer of the Meet, she won both the 200 and 400 individual medleys, giving her five NCAA titles and 26 top-16 national finishes.
The duo were two of the four finalists for the Honda Award, given to each's female sports' top athlete. Smit won the award and is now a nominee for the national Broderick Cup, named for the NCAA's top female athlete. Both were also medalists at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Breeden is the ninth Stanford athlete this decade to be named an Academic All-American at least two times in her career.
Stanford's multiple Academic All-Americans