World Record Belongs to Smit

Dec. 18, 2009

MANCHESTER, England-- Stanford Olympian Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY) broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the Duel in the Pool on Friday, smashing the current mark by almost two seconds and imploding her own American record by nearly six seconds.

Smit's time of 4:21.04 broke Kathryn Meaklim's mark of 4:22.88, set in Singapore earlier this year at the World Cup. Smit also broke her own U.S. record, previously set in Toronto in 2008, at 4:25.87.

In the race, Smit touched the wall ahead of American teammate Dagny Knutson (4:24.31), also under the American record, and Great Britain's Hannah Miley, who broke the European record with her third place showing (4:24.51).

This is the second world record for the 19-time All-American senior, who previously broke the world record in the long course 400 IM at the 2008 Canada Cup.

Smit also holds the American record in the 200-meter individual medley, set this summer at the Concoco Phillips U.S. Swimming National Championships. She is the defending NCAA champion in both the 200 and 400-yard IM's, both American shortcourse records.

Smit holds five individual school-records at Stanford, breaking Misty Hyman's 11-year old record in the 200 backstroke last month. She also holds the top spot in the 50 and 100 freestyles and 200 and 400 individual medleys. She is also a part of three school-record setting relay teams (200, 400 and 800 relays).

Smit, along with fellow Stanford Olympian, Elaine Breeden, will be featured on NCAA on Campus, a monthly TV show on CBS College Sports, every Monday at 5:30 p.m. PT in January. Check local listings for other replays as well.

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