Stanford Finishes as National Runners-Up
March 20, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Stanford was edged out by Florida by two and a half points for the national championship, finishing second despite taking home five NCAA Championships and finishing second another three times over the four-day event.
The Cardinal won the meet's final relay, the 400 freestyle relay, but Florida, which had scored two finalists in the platforms, needed to finish fourth or better to win the national title. The Gators did, finishing third and scoring a final score of 382 points. Stanford was second with 379.5 points, its highest finish since 2001. Cal was third with 363 points, followed by Arizona.
On the meet's final day, Elaine Breeden won the 200 butterfly for the third time in her career, one of just three swimmers ever to accomplish that feat, while Liz Smith was second in the 100 breaststroke.
Julia Smit, the Cardinal's 26-time All-American, closed out her Stanford career by touching the wall first for a time of 3:12.32 in the meet's final event and relay. Smit, Betsy Webb and Kate Dwelley were all seven-time All-Americans at the meet.
Breeden held off USC's Katinka Hosszu for the title on Saturday, swimming 1:52.39, .13 seconds ahead of her Pac-10 rival. The win put the Cardinal back on top, prior to the final two events, after it dropped from first to fifth, after not placing a finalist in the first two events.
Breeden won her third 200 fly in four seasons, repeating as a national champion after winning the event as a freshman.
Smith was a runner-up in the 200 breast with a time a personal-best of 2:07.50, .12 seconds behind Texas A&M's Alia Atkinson (2:07.38), who won the Aggies first ever individual title. Smith had set the pool record in the morning with a time of 2:08.44 in the prelims.
Midway through the meet, the Cardinal moved back up from fifth and third with 36 points from the 100 freestyle with four competitors in the two finals. Smit and Dwelley finished sixth (48.15) and seventh (48.49) in the finals, while Sam Woodward (48.55) and Webb (48.57) were third and fourth in the consolation finals. Smith's moved them into second prior to the 200 fly.
CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Elaine Breeden also won 100 fly for the first time at this meet. She is the first Cardinal flyer to sweep the event since Misty Hyman in 1998, and is just the third swimmer in NCAA history to win the 200 fly three times or more in a career. Breeden now holds five of the top-nine times in NCAA history in the 200 fly, as her time of 1:52.39 was ninth. She also has the top two times, including the American record of 1:49.92, set at last year's Pac-10 meet. Breeden was an All-American five times, finishing her career with 24 certificates... Julia Smit closed out her career with seven All-America awards for 26 in her career, two short of Catherine Fox and Misty Hyman's school-record of 28. Smit won the 200 and 400 individual medleys over the first two days, and was a part of the 200 free and 400 medley national runner-up teams.... Kate Dwelley, with seven enters her senior season with 16, while Betsy Webb with seven this year, now has eight. Webb finished as a runner-up in the 50 free, and was on the two relays with Smit, as well top-16 finishes in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay.
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 (23rd, Ditto—16:19.15)
200 Back (38th, Hug – 1:57.00)
100 Free (6th, Smit-- 48.15, 7th, Dwelley—48.49, 11th Woodward-- 48.55, 12th, Webb-- 48.57)*
200 Breast (2nd, Smith-- 2:07.50)*
200 Fly (1st, Breeden—1:52.39)*
Platform (18th, Hostage-- 242.40)
400 Free Relay (1st, Dwelley, Woodward, Webb, Smit, 3:12.32)*