Speedy Cardinal Move Into First at Pac-10s

Feb. 25, 2010

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LONG BEACH, Calif--  No. 1-ranked Stanford took over the lead on the second of four days of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza,  paced by a school-record by Julia Smit in the 200 individual medley, a win by Betsy Webb in the 50 freestyle and a win for the nation's fastest 200 freestyle relay team.

The Cardinal, with 510 points, are in first place, followed by Cal (476), USC (435) and Arizona (352).

Smit became the Cardinal's first three-time Pac-10 Champion in the 200 IM, as she, Elaine Breeden (third) and Liz Smith (fourth) dominated the eight team finals. Smit's time of 1:52.31, broke her previous best, set at last year's NCAA Championships of 1:52.79.  She was three seconds ahead of USC's Katinka Hosszu (1:55.49), Breeden (1:55.96) and Smith (1:56.24).

The nation's fastest 200 free relay team did not disappoint in the finals, as Webb, Sam Woodward, Kate Dwelley and Smit posted a best of 1:28.27 to finish in front of Cal to close out day two.

Webb also won the 50 free with a career-best of 22.04, moving her into third place all-time in that event and breaking her best of 22.37. Dwelley (fourth), Woodward (sixth) and freshman Andi Murez (seventh) also made in the finals racking up 105 points in just that event for Stanford. Webb is the first Cardinal winner of the shortest course since Brooke Bishop in 2006.

Junior Kelsey Ditto had the top preliminary time at 4:42.02, and bettered that mark to 4:41.92 to finish third in the 500 freestyle.

Also competing in Federal Way, WA was the team's diving programs, with Meg Hostage finishing fourth (292.30) and Carmen Stellar seventh (264.40) in the finals of the one-meter. Brent Eichenseer finished fourth in the three-meter (382.00), with his points pushed to the men's conference championship starting on March 3.

The Championships run through Saturday as the Cardinal look for its first conference title since 2005.

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Top Finishers for Stanford at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach

200 Medley Relay - 2nd
800 Free Relay - 2nd

500 freestyle (Ditto, third)
200 individual medley (Smit, first)
50 freestyle (Webb, first)
200 freestyle relay (Webb/Woodward/Dwelley/Smith, first)

One-Meter (Hostage, fourth)

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Evening Session - 6 p.m.
400 individual medley
100 butterfly
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
400 medley relay

Morning Session - 11 a.m.
Preliminaries/Time Standard Trials

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1,650 freestyle
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay


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