No. 2 Stanford Breaks Two School Records During First NCAA Session

March 20, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Swimmers from No. 2 Stanford broke a pair of school records during preliminary action Thursday on the first day of the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships behind held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Julia Smit highlighted Stanford's performances at the first of six NCAA swimming sessions at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion when she recorded the fastest 200 IM prelim time with a 1:54.97 that also broke her own previous school mark of 1:55.38.

Smit had also swam the fastest leg (21.78) of a 200 free relay foursome that shaved .81 seconds off the previous school record of 1:29.40 set at the 2007 NCAA Championships by going 1:28.59 to place a close third. Kate Dwelley (22.54) started the relay before Smit, Elaine Breeden (22.38) and Brooke Bishop (21.89) followed her.

Smit and the 200 free relay team qualified for Thursday night's championship finals with their performances as did the Cardinal's 400 medley relay squad after Smit (54.22), Caroline Bruce (1:00.06), Breeden (52.55) and Bishop (48.90) squeezed into the final spot by taking eighth in the prelims with a time of 3:35.73.

Stanford also qualified four swimmers and one diver for Thursday night's consolation finals. The Cardinal will have three entries in the 200 IM after Breeden tied for ninth (1:57.94) in the prelims, while Liz Smith took 12th (1:58.37) and Kate Dwelley tied for 13th (1:58.79). Bishop will be in the 50 free (22.42) and Meg Hostage the 1-meter diving event (269.15) after both were 15th in prelim action.

'It was a great morning,' said Stanford head women's swimming and diving head coach Lea Maurer. 'We set ourselves up well and are looking forward to moving up tonight.'

Other participants for Stanford during Thursday's prelim session included Whitney Spence (21st, 4:45.09) and Elizabeth Durot (37th-T, 4:47.63) in the 500 free, Shana Karp (30th, 243.85) and Sarah Ohr (36th, 231.25) in 1-meter diving, and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (33rd, 22.85) in the 50 free.

Thursday's individual prelim winners in addition to Smit included Florida's Caroline Burckle (500 free, 4:35.79), California's Madison Kennedy (50 free, 21.87) and Hawaii's Emma Friesen (1-meter diving, 304.70).

California captured the 200 free relay in 1:28.05 with a team of Kennedy (22.10), Hannah Wilson (22.48), Emily Silver (21.71) and Dana Vollmer (21.76). Arizona took the 400 medley relay in 3:32.89 due to the effort of Justine Schluntz (52.91), Annie Chandler (59.33), Ana Agy (52.33) and Anna Turner (48.32).

The championship and consolation finals of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter diving and 400 medley relay will be contested during Thursday evening's finals session.

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