Cardinal Head to Hollywood for Dual Meets

Jan. 27, 2010

STANFORD, Calif.-- Unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Stanford (6-0, 2-0 Pac-10) will head (or based on the weather, swim) down to Southern California this weekend to take on UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 2 p.m. and at No. 9-ranked USC (6-1, 2-1 Pac-10) on Saturday at noon.

UCLA is ranked just outside the top-25 in the latest poll, which has not changed since the Cardinal upended No. 2 Arizona last weekend as part of a sweep of the Grand Canyon state at home.

The Cardinal feature some of the fastest sprinters in the country, featuring the top 200 free relay team, as well as four of the top-20 national times in the 50 and four of the nation's top-10, 100 times.

Julia Smit has seven individual times ranked in the top-20 nationally this season, paced by the nation's fastest 200 IM (1:55.45) and 400 IM (4:03.31) times. The ladder broke Summer Sanders' 1992 Avery Aquatic Center record on Saturday. Both times are about three seconds shy of her current school records. This season has also led Smit to two short course world records in Manchester, England and a school-record in the 200 backstroke, her fifth individual school record.

The individual medley has some of the nation's best, along with Smit. USC's Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu has the nation's fastest 200 fly time (1:53.37) and the second-fastest 200 and 400 individual medley times. She also ranks seventh nationally in the 200 freestyle. UCLA's Lauren Hall, also ranks in the top-20 in both individual medleys.

Within the 50, Smit's time of 22.35 is just one-hundreth back of national leader Anne Marie May of UC Santa Barbara. She is two-hundreths in front of teammate Betsy Webb (22.37). Kate Dwelley's time of 22.70 is 14th, while Sam Woodward rounds out the list with the 18th-best time (22.73).

In the 100, Dwelley's time of 48.57, leads a pack of four Stanford swimmers in the top-10. Dwelley has the fourth-fastest 200 time (1:45.32). Dwelley's 100 time is .36 seconds behind national leader Julia Wilkinson (Texas A&M). Her main competition this weekend will come from USC's Presley Bard, who has some of the nation's top times in the 100 (13th) and 200 (7th), as well as the 200 backstroke.

The team's two medley relay teams also both rank in the top-10 nationally, with the 400 team with the fourth-best mark and the 200 variety checking in at No. 9.

Distance swimmer and transfer Kelsey Ditto has made the most of her first season, ranking in the national top-20 in the 1650 (8th), 500 (11th) and 1000 (13th). The 800 relay team with Ditto, Dwelley, Woodward and Smit is ranked third nationally. USC's Haley Anderson also ranks in the top-20 in all three categories.

In the butterfly, Kelley Hug is the first of four Cardinal ranked in the top-20 in the 100 event, swimming 53.01 for the sixth-best time.

Elaine Breeden, the defending NCAA Champion in the 200 fly, and a six-time All-American in both events is still getting into shape following being sick in the fall. She ranks 12th in the 100 (53.30), about three seconds shy of her school record. In the 200 (1:56.93) is is about seven seconds off her school record pace. In her absence, both Woodward (10th, 100 fly) and Sutton (19th, 100 fly) stepped up to rank nationally.

The breaststroke features UCLA's Brittany Beauchan, who has two top-five national times. Cardinal Liz Smith, who has the nation's seventh-fastest 200 breaststroke.
Diving will also be involved in the two dual meets, before a handful of divers head to the U.S. Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio starting on February 1. Meg Hostage and Carmen Stellar both won events last weekend against Arizona State and Arizona.

Stanford's National Leaders

200 Free Relay, Kate Dwelley, Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward, Julia Smit (1:29.22)

200 IM by Julia Smit (1:55.45)
400 IM by Julia Smit (4:03.31) * - pool record set on 1/23/10

Top-Five National Relays
800 Free Relay of Kelsey Ditto, Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, Julia Smit (3rd)
400 Medley Relay of Betsy Webb, Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden, Kate Dwelley (4th)

Top-Five National Individuals
50 Free by Julia Smit (2nd)
200 Back by Julia Smit (2nd)
50 Free by Betsy Webb (3rd)
100 Free by Kate Dwelley (2nd)
200 Free by Kate Dwelley (4th)

World Records Set This Season
Julia Smit, in the 400 IM, sc, Dec. 18, 2009 (4:21.04, was Kathryn Meaklim, 4:22.88, 2009)
Julia Smit, in the 200 IM, sc, Dec. 19, 2009  (2:04.60, was Evelyn Verraszto 2:04.64, 2009)

Pool Records Set This Season
Julia Smit, 400 IM, January 23, 2009 (4:03.31, was Summer Sanders, 4:08.52, 1992)

School Records Set This Season
Julia Smit, 200 back, November 19, 2009 (1:52.83, was Misty Hyman, 1:53.12, 1998)

In-Season Awards for the Cardinal
Pac-10 Swimmer of November, Julia Smit
Pac-10 Swimmer of December, Julia Smit National Swimmer of the Week, Julia Smit (Nov. 24)

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