Stanford's Julia Smit Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month

Dec. 7, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD swimmer Julia Smit has been named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for November, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Smit, a freshman from Mt. Sinai, N.Y., won three individual events during a tri-meet against Tennessee and defending national champion Auburn, which lifted the Cardinal to the nation's No. 1 ranking. In addition to her three first-place finishes, she swam backstroke on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relay squads.

Smit currently has the nation's top time in the 200 back (1:53.95) and 400 IM (4:07.28), as well as the second-best time in the 200 IM (1;57.94), fourth in the 100 back and ninth in the 50 free. She recorded the 200 IM time on Nov. 30, the 400 IM on Dec. 1 and the 200 IM on Dec. 2 at the Texas Invitational. She also posted a 400 IM mark of 4:10.09 on Nov. 10 that is still better than any other swimmer in the country this season.

In addition, Smit led off a 200 free relay squad that set a new school record of 1:30.01 at the Texas Invite on Nov. 30 and recorded an NCAA `A' mark of 54.14 in the back during the leadoff leg of a winning 400 medley relay squad that same day.

As a freshman, Smit has already entered Stanford's list of all -time Top 10 performers in the 400 IM (second - 4:07.28), 200 Back (third - 1:53.95), 200 IM (sixth - 1:57.94), 50 Free (eighth - 22.76), and 100 Back (eighth - 54.14). In addition, she has recorded NCAA `A' times in each of the five events and also swam on four relay teams that have already reached the NCAA `A' standard.

This is the first monthly honor for Smit and Stanford's fourth Swimmer of the Month all-time.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Nov. - Julia Smit, Fr., STAN.

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