No. 1 Stanford Stays A Close Second Friday At Texas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2006

Austin, Texas - No. 1 Stanford stayed a close second to meet leader and No. 2 ranked Arizona following the conclusion of action at the Texas Invitational on the campus of the University of Texas. The Wildcats hold a slim 43-point lead (575-532) over the Cardinal heading into Saturday's last day of the meet. Julia Smit highlighted Stanford's effort with her winning 400 IM NCAA `A' time of 4:07.28. The mark was 2.81 seconds better than her previous career-best and nation-leading time of 4:10.09 set earlier this season on November 10, made her the No. 2 all-time performer in Stanford history in the event and was a whopping 7.32 seconds better than her nearest competitor Friday.

Smit added another victory as a member of Stanford's winning 800 free relay team that finished with an NCAA `B' mark of 7:16.47 in the first competition for the Cardinal in the event this season. Smit swam the leadoff 200 free leg in an NCAA `B' time of 1:47.96 and was joined by Desireé Stahley, Elizabeth Durot and Whitney Spence.

Brooke Bishop also had an individual win for the Cardinal, taking the 100 back in an NCAA `A' time of 54.04 that is the second best swim in the race this season.

The meet will conclude Saturday with seven more events (1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, 400 free relay). Prelims start at 10 am, CT, with the finals set to begin at 6 pm, CT.

A full recap will follow.

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