Smit Named National Swimmer of the Week

Nov. 24, 2009

SOMERS, Wisc.-- Stanford senior Julia Smit, following a school-record in the 200 backstroke and a combined six wins at last weekend's Toshiba Cup, was named's national swimmer of the week.

Smit broke Misty Hyman's 11-year old record with a time of 1:52.83, breaking the three-time NCAA champion's record of 1:53.12, set at the 1998 NCAA Championships. Smit now owns five individual school-records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 200 and 400 individual medleys and now the 200 backstroke. She is also a part of three school-record setting relay teams (200, 400 and 800 relays).

Smit, an American record holder in both medleys as well, won the Toshiba Cup's 200 IM with a time of 1:58.34 and the 400 IM with a mark of 4:03.31, the ladder three seconds off her school, NCAA and American-record time (4:00.56). Smit is a three-time NCAA Champion, and two-time defending champion in the 400 IM.

Smit was also a part of winning relays in the 200, 400 and 800 variety in Long Beach to close out the fall schedule for the Cardinal.

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