NCAA Division I Women's Championships: Florida Wins Team Title; Stanford Claims 400 Free Relay -- March 20, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 20. WHILE Stanford claimed the final event title, the Florida Gators had the ultimate victory for the NCAA team title thanks to an unbelievable comeback triumph after an amazing morning of qualifying.

Stanford's Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, Betsy Webb and Julia Smit did what they had to do to try to give Stanford the overall title by winning with a pool record 3:12.32. That performance beat the 3:13.56 set by Georgia back in 2005.

"Going into the last relay the only thing we could do is win," Smit said. "That's the most points we could score, so that was definitely our goal. It's our coach's first relay win of her career, so we are really happy to give that to her."

Florida, however, kept it close enough to ensure the team title with a third-place effort of 3:13.43 by Elizabeth Kemp, Shara Stafford, Gemma Spofforth and Jamie Bohunicky. California split the difference as Hannah Wilson, Sara Isakovic, Erica Dagg and Liv Jensen wound up second in 3:12.67.

The event win is Stanford's eighth in the history of the 400 free relay, with previous wins in 1982, 1987, 1992 and 1994-97.

Florida, meanwhile, claimed its second team national title with 382 points, and its first since 1982 when Florida beat Stanford, 505-383. Stanford finished second overall with 379.5 points, just 2.5 points behind. While close, it's not the smallest margin of victory ever as Georgia owns that NCAA record with a 1.5-point victory over Stanford, 389 to 387.5, in 2001. The triumph is Gregg Troy's initial team title as well.

"This was really a team effort and there was no room for error," Troy said. "When Gemma took second in the 200 back, we had other performances that made up for it, like Teresa Crippen's third-place back finish and then fifth in the 200 fly. We had tremendous efforts all around and our divers were outstanding under Donnie. Our coaching staff has done a tremendous job. Not only Martyn (Wilby), Donnie (Craine) and Leah (Stancil) here, but Pete (Knox) and Anthony (Nesty) who are with our men right now, all played a big part in what happened this week.

"This was a Cinderella weekend for us. I just can't say enough," Troy
continued. "We kept focus on what we wanted to do. It feels great. In the final relay, we wanted to make sure we had solid starts and raced fast. We have been knocking on the door for a few years now and we've always had a big desire to excel."

Florida completed the remarkable final day surge as it qualified seven swimmers and divers into the championship final of their respective events, and put its relay into the final heat as well.

California (363), Arizona (359.5) and Georgia (342.5) rounded out the top five in one of the most exciting final finishes in NCAA history. Texas A&M (311), Southern California (342.5), Auburn (153), Virginia (151) and Indiana (133) earned the rest of the top 10 team spots.

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March 21, 2010 Going into the meet, Stanfrd's Julia Smit was top-seeded in the 200 backstroke with her 1:50.7 from the Pac-10s, a time that is the Cardinal record.

She opted instead to swim the 100 free this evening, finishing sixth, scoring nine points

Had she swum the 200 back instead and gotten thrid behind winner Kate Fesenko of Indian and Flofrida's Gemma Spofforth, she would have scored 12 points -- a difference of three points.

Stanford lost the meet by two and-a-half points.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 21, 2010 You can play the if game all day and come up with different scenarios. Stanford won NCAAs over Georgia by 1.5 points once. It was a total team effort for Florida that won it. They've been a very good team that's been capable of great things for a long time, and have just never been able to get all the cylinders to fire at once, but everything clicked this weekend, and they deserved it. Florida also managed to find a way to be FASTER this year in most of their events than last year, and that was the difference maker. GO GATORS!!!!!
Submitted by: jjswim
March 21, 2010 Florida won men's NCAA indoor track a couple of weeks ago so by virtue of winning NCAA women's swmming last nite, Gators only schoolto pyllt that double off -- ever

And had Florida not taken the fall last December aginst the 'Tide in the SEC ttle game, they may wel have won the BCS title too.

I wouldn't be sob bold as to predict another Flrida this coming in Buckeye country...but stranger things have happendd...and Troy is DUE to win a men's title now that he's got the women under his belt.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 21, 2010 Slick Willie,
I think the end effect of switching Smit would not have changed but you are using a scoring system that went out about 35 years ago when only 12 scored and it started out 16, 13, etc. Since about 1975, 16 have scored; the scoring of individual events has started out 20, 17, etc. and 6th has been worth 13 points and third 16 points.

JJSwim --
If the article is accurate, it was Georgia over Stanford by 1.5 points in 2001, not Stanford over Georgia

Submitted by: dunc1952
March 21, 2010 The point vales when scoring to 16 places reinforce the point that had Smit gotten third in either race [100 free/200 back] Stanford would have won.

But she didn't and they didn't so it's academic.

And yuu are rite, Georgia did indeed win in '01, their "threepeat."
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 21, 2010 The other day in commenting on Tara Kirk's American-record 57.77 for the 100 yard breaststroke [swum @ the American Short Course Championships the first weekend of March of 2006 @ Texas], "liquideassets" suggested that perhaps Kirk was aided in her swim by having a man [Brendan Hansen] in the lane next to her during the race.

As I noted, I wasn't at the meet so I can't say one way or the other.

But I did check US Swimming's website and they list Kirk as the AR-holder in that event, with that time [57.77] too.

Presumably they [USS] were satisfied that all legitimate conditons for setting the record had been met.

Additionally, I'm sure the officials @ South Texas Swimming - the LSC that ran the meet -- would never have allowed the record application to even be submitted had therre been any improprieties and/or anything was amiss about the swim.
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 22, 2010 But did he step up on the blocks in a SPEEDO brief and do it? One would have hoped so after yesterdays comments
Submitted by: Coach D
March 22, 2010 Turns out Hansen WAS in the race, wearing two dragsuits, pullbuoys,floats and 5000-pound weights on his wrists and ankles,and STILL beat her by 20 seconds!

She had a 25-yard head start too!
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 22, 2010 When you're done posting hilarious comments, let me remind you that Smit didn't come close to her PAC-10 times in the IM's, so we can't presume she would've gotten third in the 200 back either, Crippen went 1.50,9... Maybe 4th or 5th. Who cares, Stanford obviously lost the title many other places than putting Smit in the wrong event.
Submitted by: JakedBadForYou
March 22, 2010 Very true. I was updating my all-time list and I was amazed at how "slow" not just Stanford women but almost ALL competitors were from their prs from last year or '08.

I can think of any number of Stanford swimmers who, had they performerd up to previous years' standards [or even in certain cases what they did @ Pac-10s], would have made the dif.

But again they didn't so it's academic.

That applies DOUBLY for Texas, Georgia.

Wonder if the "equipment" the swimmers were using made any difference?
Submitted by: slickwillie32
March 22, 2010 I disagree, I was pleasantly surprised by how many records were broken and/or how close people got to last year's level. As I'm very much anti-cheatsuits, I would've expected more time added. Annie Chandler 58.0 in the stroke they say had the biggest benefit from the suits?? Didn't see that coming! Schmitt and Scroggy 1.42?? Impressive! 5 girls going 47's in the 100 free, just 7 last year? I still expect the men to add more time, since the girls are wearing something closer to a full bodysuit.
Submitted by: JakedBadForYou
March 23, 2010 Who was named swimmer of the meet?
Submitted by: kbm1280
March 23, 2010 Julia Smit was named swimmer of the meet.
Submitted by: Jason Marsteller
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2010WNCAADI  Florida places first at the 2010 Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010WNCAADI  Stanford wins the 400 free relay at the 2010 Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

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