Cardinal in First After Smit's Win and Three Runners-Up at NCAAs

March 18, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Stanford's Julia Smit defended her NCAA title in the 200 individual medley and Betsy Webb finished second in the 50 freestyle by three-hundreths of a second after winning a swim off to reach the finals, as the Cardinal are in first place after the first of three days of the NCAA Championships.

Both relay teams, the 200 freestyle and 400 medley, also finished as NCAA runner-ups as the Cardinal have 142.5 points, ahead of Georgia (134.3) and California (122).

Smit defended her NCAA title in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.56 by leading wire to wire, winning her fourth NCAA title overall and second in the event. Teammate Elaine Breeden was eighth with a mark of 1:57.28, while Liz Smith was second in the consolation finals which featured five Pac-10 swimmers, with a mark of 1:56.56.

Smit was the second Cardinal to defend her title in the 200 IM, joining Summer Sanders in 1991 and 1992. It was the Cardinal's record seventh overall win in the event.

Webb finished as the NCAA runner-up out of lane eight after having to win a swim off to reach the finals. Webb's time of 22.07 was three-hundreths of a second short of Cal's Liv Jensen (22.04). Sam Woodward was fourth with a time of 22.17, while Kate Dwelley was 13th with a mark of 22.48. It was Webb's first All-America award in an individual event.

Webb reached the finals in a swim off for the eighth and final spot with Auburn's Riordan Vanderpool-Wallace, scoring the preliminaries fastest time at 22.04 after swimming 22.32.

The 200 free relay team began the meet by finishing second with a mark of 1:28.38 to Florida's time of 1:27.79. The quartet of Webb, Woodward, Dwelley and Smit set a pool record with the top preliminary mark of 1:27.70 in the morning.

The 400 medley relay team, nearly picked of its record 10th NCAA title in the event, falling short to Arizona with a time of 3:30.45. Breeden in the fly and Dwelley in the freestyle nearly caught up to Arizona, which finished with a time of 3:29.76, the nation's fastest time of the year.

Also, junior Kelsey Ditto was named an All-American for the first time as a Cardinal and third-time overall, as the Georgia transfer finished eighth in the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle at 4:44.34.

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Smit's mark was seventh-best all-time, as the senior has four of those marks, including her own American record set at last month's Pac-10s (1:52.31). The Cardinal added to its record in the event with its seventh individual title since 1982.... Former Stanford Olympian Pablo Morales presented the awards for the top-eight swimmers in the 50 freestyle, including second place Betsy Webb and fourth place Sam Woodward.

Full Results:

Schedule / Top Cardinal Finishers and All-Americans
*All-America consideration is top-16 finishes
(Preliminaries start at 11 a.m. ET, Finals at 7 p.m. ET. Diving at 1:30 p.m. ET)

Thursday, March 18
200 Free Relay (2nd, Webb, Woodward, Dwelley, Smit—1:28.38)*
500 Freestyle (16th, Ditto-- 4:44.34)*
200 IM (1st, Smit-1:53.56, 8th, Breeden-1:52.31, 10th, Smith-1:56.56)*
50 Free  (2nd, Webb-22.07, 4th-Woodward-22.17, 13th, Dwelley-22.48)*
1m Diving (32nd, Hostage-- 241.80)
400 Med Relay (2nd, Webb, Smit, Breeden, Dwelley-- 3:30.45)*

Friday, March 19
200 Med Relay
  Prelims | Finals
400 IM
Prelims | Finals
100 Fly
Prelims | Finals
200 Free
Prelims | Finals
100 Breast
Prelims | Finals
100 Back
Prelims | Finals
3m Diving
Prelims | Finals
800 Free Relay
 Timed Finals

Saturday, March 20
1650 Free
Timed Finals
200 Back
Prelims | Finals
100 Free
Prelims | Finals
200 Breast
Prelims | Finals
200 Fly
Prelims | Finals
Prelims | Finals
400 Free Relay
  Prelims | Finals

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