Smit Another American Record, Cardinal Still in First

Feb. 26, 2010

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LONG BEACH, Calif--  Stanford's Julia Smit broke her second American, NCAA, school and Pac-10 record in as many days, lowering the standard in the 400 individual medley to 3:58.23 as the Cardinal remained in first place at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships with one day to go.

Stanford won four out of seven events on Friday, paced by Smit (400 IM), Elaine Breeden (100 butterfly) and Kate Dwelley (200 freestyle), as well as in the 400 medley relay. In addition, Betsy Webb set a school-record in the 100 backstroke as that event's runner-up.

The Cardinal have 988 points heading into the final seven events, ahead of Cal (921) and USC (842.5).

Smit broke her own mark in the 400-yard event a day after doing the same in the 200 IM. Her own time of 3:58.23 broke her previous best by two seconds (4:00.56), and was six seconds ahead of second place Katinka Hosszu of USC (4:04.86). It was Smit's third career title in each event.

The Cardinal finished off the day winning the 400 medley relay, as Liz Smith, on the second leg took over the lead in the breaststroke, before handing it off to two conference champions, Breeden (fly) and Dwelley (freestyle) for the final two 200-yard legs. Breeden extended the lead, as did Dwelley, as the quartet finished with a time of 3:31.87.

Earlier in the evening, Breeden defended her title in the 100 fly, posting a season-best of 51.24.  Dwelley won back the title in the 200 free for the first time since 2008, posting a season-best 1:44.20, four tenths in front of Cal's Sara Isakovic (1:44.55).

Despite finishing second to USC's Presley Bard (51.92), Webb broke the school-record in the 100 backstroke (52.46) by one-hundreth of a second. Webb broke Catherine Fox's 1999 record of 52.47.

The Cardinal also scored 46 points in the 100 breaststroke despite not swimming anyone in the finals. Kerry Kraemer (1:01.71) and Alissa Finn (1:01.97) finished 1-2 in the consolation finals, while Jamie Bruce won the “C” finals with a mark of 1:02.60.

In diving in the three-meter finals in Federal Way, WA, Carmen Stellar (338.65) and Meg Hostage (331.95) finished fourth and fifth behind champion Victoria Isahimatsu of USC (381.15) for an additional 51 points.

In the men's one-meter final, Brent Eichenseer was fourth (386.85), as his 26 points will count when the men swim in Long Beach starting on March 3.

The final six swimming events will take place on Saturday as the Cardinal look for its first conference title since 2005. Stellar, the defending platform champion, will headline the final diving event.

Complete Results Available Here:

Top Stanford Finishers at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach
(* - Pac-10 Champion)

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

500 freestyle (Ditto, third)
*200 individual medley (Smit, first, American/Stanford/NCAA/Pac-10 record)
*50 freestyle (Webb, first)
*200 freestyle relay (Webb/Woodward/Dwelley/Smith, first)
3-meter diving (Hostage, fourth)

*400 individual medley (Smit, first, American/Stanford/NCAA/Pac-10 record)
*100 butterfly (Breeden, first)
*200 freestyle (Dwelley, first)
100 breaststroke (none)
100 backstroke (Webb, second, school-record)
*400 medley relay (Webb/Smith/Breeden/Dwelley, first)
3-meter diving (Stellar, fourth)

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

Evening Session - 6 p.m.
1,650 freestyle
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay

Platform Diving in Federal Way, WA
Preliminaries – 10:45 a.m. (men and women)
Finals – 1:45 p.m. (men and women)

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