Stanford's Smit and Maurer and California's Leverenz Earn Pac-10 Women's Swimming Honors
April 7, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- STANFORD senior Julia Smit was named 2010 Pac-10 Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year, head coach of the Cardinal Lea Maurer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and CALIFORNIA freshman Caitlin Leverenz was named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The awards are voted on by the league's coaches.
Smit, a native of Mt. Sinai, NY, had a stellar senior campaign for the Cardinal en route to become the 11th Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Year. The Honda Award recipient for women's swimming, Smit set two world shortcourse records and broke her own American, NCAA and school-records in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM . She was named the 2010 NCAA Championship Swimmer of the Meet after winning both titles in the 200-yard IM (1:53.56) and the 400-yard IM (4:00.9) for the third time in her career. She also swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team and on the runner-up 200 and 400 medley relay teams, helping the Cardinal to a second place overall finish at the NCAA Championships. At the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England this past December, Smit set the world record in both the 200 and 400 IM short-course. At the Pac-10 Championships in March, Smit broke two of her own American/NCAA records in the 200-yard IM (1:52.31) and the 400-yard IM (3:58.23), leading her to be named Swimmer of the Meet. This season Smit was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month four straight months. Over her career, Smit won six career Pac-10 individual titles, was named an All-American 26 times, and holds five individual school records.
Leverenz, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., had a breakout season for the Cal and becomes the second-straight Bear to be named Pac-10 Women's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the year after teammate Liz Jensen won last year's award. At the NCAA Championships, Leverenz finished seventh overall in the 200-yard breastroke (2:10.59) and seventh in the 200-yard IM (1:57.16) to help lead the squad to an overall third place finish. At the Pac-10 Championships she took third place in the 400-yard IM, clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time and a Cal-record of 4:06.61. She also finished second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:10.51) and sixth in the 200-yard IM (1:57.37) as Cal finished in second.
Fifth-year head coach Maurer led the Cardinal to her first-career Pac-10 Championship in 2010 and a second place finish at the NCAA Championships. In her five-year career on The Farm, Mauer has led the Cardinal to five top-five finishes a the NCAA Championships and five top-three finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. This is the first Pac-10 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year honor for Mauer and the first for a Stanford head coach since 2001.