Stanford Women Close Out Trials

July 11, 2009

The Stanford Women added a few more finalists to the U.S. World Championship Trials on Saturday, with Olympian Julia Smit finishing fourth and Kate Dwelley fifth in the 100 freestyle and Elizabeth Smith placing fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke.

For Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY), who is already headed to the World Championships in Rome, Italy starting on July 18, she finished off the meet with a time of 54.38, just ahead of her collegiate teammate, Dwelley (Brentwood, CA) and her time of 54.72. Dwelley competed in four finals throughout the week in Indianapolis. Samantha Woodward (55.92) reached the 'B' Final and was fifth, while Betsy Webb (56.39) was sixth in the 'C' Final.

Liz Smith (Ballwin, MO) raced to a fourth place showing in the 200-meter breaststroke, with a time of 2:26.84. She bettered her time by two seconds from the preliminaries (2:28.50). Kerry Kraemer (Burnsville, MN) finished in fifth place in the 'B' Final of the event (2:31.30).

All told, the Stanford women had 17 athletes competing in Finals throughout the Trials. Smit won the 200 individual medley and set an American record in the event, while also finishing second in the 400 IM. Elaine Breeden was third in both the 100 and 200 butterflys.

U.S. Trials

Julia Smit, Gold, 200 individual medley (American Record)
Julia Smit, Silver, 400 individual medley

Elaine Breeden, Bronze, 100 butterfly
Elaine Breeden, Bronze, 200 butterfly

**-- the top two finishers at the Trials, more than likely, are invited to the World Championships in Rome later this month.

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