Julia Smit Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for November
Dec. 4, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior Julia Smit of the second-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team has been named the Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for November 2008, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. This marks the second monthly honor for Smit and the fifth all-time for Stanford. Smit previously won the award as a freshman in November 2006.
Smit was simply amazing over her two November meets, as she recorded four NCAA 'A' standard times, set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley and an American record in the 200-meter IM. Competing at the 2008 Canada Cup held in Toronto, the Mt. Sinai, NY native established the world record in the 400-meter IM with a time of 4:25.87, which was .65-second better than the previous record of 4:26.52 set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe. The very next day, Smit shattered a 15-year-old American record in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:06.49, 1.3 seconds faster than the 2:07.79 recorded by Alison Wagner in 1993.
During the month of November, the defending NCAA champion in the 400 IM assured herself of four races at the 2009 NCAA Championships by achieving 'A' standard times in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free and 400 relay. Smit recorded 'A' times in both IM events at the Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine en route to collegeswimming.com National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors for November 2-9. She then reached both marks again in Toronto, while also booking a trip to College Station, Texas in the two freestyle races.
Through November 26, Smit has logged the country's top time in the 200-yard IM (1:56.06), 400-yard IM (4:06.89) and 1,000-yard free (9:40.86), while also ranking among the top-10 nationwide in the 100-yard free (second - 48.48), 200-yard free (eighth - 1:47.05), 200-yard back (fourth - 1:55.82) and 200-yard breast (fourth - 2:12.21).
Stanford has completed its fall season, and is idle until hosting Pacific on January 10, 2009 at the Avery Aquatic Center.
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