Dwelley and Smit Headed to Rome

July 15, 2009

ROME, Italy-- Stanford's Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY) and Kate Dwelley (Brentwood, CA) will represent the United States at the World Aquatic Championships in Rome, Italy starting with opening ceremonies on July 18. Swimming events begin July 26 and run through August 2.

smit actiondwelleySmit (left), who qualified for the Championships following a win in the 200 individual medley and a second place showing in the 400 individual medley at the Trials in Indianapolis, will also compete in the 4x100 freestyle relay. In winning the 200, she set the American record in the event (2:09.34). During the collegiate season, Smit set the NCAA record in both disciplines.

Smit's best 100 freestyle time came in Indy (54.38), while her best 400 IM time was in June, 2008 when she swam 4:35.73 at the Olympic Trials. Her silver medal winning performance in Indianapolis was 4:36.73. She won five medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and has nine medals in three seasons internationally.

Joining her on the relay team is Cardinal teammate Kate Dwelley (right), a nine-time collegiate All-American. Dwelley had a solid show in Indianapolis, reaching four Finals and setting four personal-bests. Dwelley finished fifth in the 100 freestyle 'A' Final, a spot behind Smit, and was seventh in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Dwelley's times in Indianapolis were the best of her career, as she set personal bests in the 50-meter (25.49), 100-meter (54.72), 200-meter (1:58.57) freestyles and 100 butterfly (58.60).

Internationally, she won a Gold and Silver medal at the 2008 U.S. Open in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, respectively, and won a bronze medal in the 200 freestyle at the 2007 University Games. She was a part of the gold medal winning 800-meter freestyle relay team as well at the WUGs in 2007.

This will be the 13th edition of the Aquatic World Championships, which last occurred in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. The 2009 Championships will (again) feature competition in all five aquatics disciplines: diving, swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo with over 2500 athletes and 185 countries competing.


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