Cardinal Still in Front at NCAAs, Breeden and Smit Both Win

March 19, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Elaine Breeden won the 100-yard butterfly and Julia Smit won her second individual medley in as many days, this time in the 400 event, as Stanford remained in first after the second of three days of the NCAA Championships.

The Cardinal are looking to win its ninth NCAA title and first since 1998, leading the 2010 field with 266.5 points, three points ahead of Georgia (262.5) and seven points in front of Arizona (259.5).

Breeden won the 100 fly with a pool record of 51.43, as the Cardinal upped its all-time record in the event with its ninth title and first since back-to-back wins by Misty Hyman in 1998-99. It was Breeden's third NCAA fly title and first in this distance. Stefanie Sutton (11th) and Kelley Hug (16th) earned All-America status as well with finishes in the consolation finals.

Smit won the 400 IM for the third-straight year, posting a pool record of 4:00.90, two seconds above her American record set at this year's Pac-10s. Smit, who trailed early, took over the lead on the second breaststroke and then beat Teressa Crippen by two seconds (4:02.91). She is one of four NCAA swimmers to win the event three times. Liz Smith finished third in the consolation finals with a time of 4:09.28, moving up a spot after her preliminary time (4:10.49).

Kate Dwelley, after leading the 200 freestyle for the first 100 yards, finished fifth with a time of 1:44.40. It was the third-straight year she was named an All-American in the event. Betsy Webb earned her second individual All-America honor in as many days, finishing 12th in the 100 backstroke (52.70).

The 200 medley relay team was sixth in the finals to open the meet with a time of 1:38.29 following two disqualifications by Virginia and Georgia. The 800 freestyle relay was fifth with a time of 7:03.41.

CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Smit's time of 4:00.90 in the 400 IM was the fifth-fastest time in the event, as the senior has four of the top seven marks.

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 (6th, Webb, Kraemer, Breeden, Woodward—1:38.29)*
400 IM (1st, Smit-4:00.90, 11th, Smith—4:09.28)*
100 Fly (1st, Breeden-51.43,  11th, Sutton-52.46, 16th, Hug-53.02)*
200 Free (5th, Dwelley1:44.40)*
100 Breast (22nd, Kraemer—1:01.47)
100 Back (12th, Webb-- 52.70)*
3m Diving (23rd, Hostage-- 299.70)
800 Free Relay (5th, Murez, Dwelley, Spence, Smit-7:03.41)*

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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