Toshiba Cup, Day Two

LONG BEACH, California, November 20. JULIA Smit and Betsy Webb both won individual events on Friday evening, leading the field at the Toshiba Cup. Smit had her second "A" standard time, posting the best 400 IM time of the meet, at 4:03.31, three seconds short of her school-record, while Webb won her second sprint in two days.

At the Arizona Diving Invite, Meg Hostage rebounded to win the three-meter competition with a score of 298.15, after barely reaching the final by finishing seventh in the prelims with a score of 265.80. Carmen Stellar, following the top prelim score at 304.15, was fifth with a score of 274.65.

Smit also anchored the winning 800 free relay team as well, blowing away the meet-record by 12 seconds, as she along with Kelsey Ditto, Kate Dwelley and Sam Woodward posted a "B" standard time of 7:08.70, beating USC's 1993 record of 7:20.87. So far, Smit has now been a part of two winning relays and won both individual medleys.

Webb took the title in the 100 backstroke with a "B" standard time of 53.06. Webb, Kerry Kraemer, Elaine Breeden and Woodward won the 200 medley with a "B" standard time of 1:40.05. Webb has been a part of three winning relays over two days.

In addition, Woodward was second to Olympian Dana Vollmer in the 100 fly (52.65) with a time of 53.12, well under the "A" standard time of 59.99 and Dwelley was three-tenths of a second behind Vollmer in the 200 (1:45.02) with a time of 1:45.32.

The meet continues through Saturday.

In results late Thursday, the women swept through all five events with Julia Smit posting an "A" standard in her signature event, the 200 IM, and Kelsey Ditto setting a meet record in the 500.

Smit's time of 1:58.34, was three-tenths of a second in front of teammate Liz Smith (1:58.63), while Ditto and Dwelley led the field in the 500, with Ditto defeating her teammate by three seconds, 4:41.30 to 4:44.49. Ditto's mark of 4:41.30 broke UCLA's Natalie Norberg's 18-year old record of 4:44.27 in 1991.

Betsy Webb won the 50 free, ahead of teammate Sam Woodward with a time of 22.37, as Woodward's time of 22.73 was second. Both were "B" standard times.

In the 200 relay, Dwelley, Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward and Smit combined for a time of 1:29.22, two seconds ahead of Cal's relay team. Webb, Smith, Elaine Breeden and Dwelley also won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:38.06. Both were "B" standard times.

Meanwhile, Austin Staab was two seconds off his school-record in the 100 butterfly, beating the field with a meet-record 46.31 on the second day of the Toshiba Cup. The Cardinal have dominated the 13-team field winning all 13 events over the first two days.

Staab has won two events (50 free on Thursday and today's 100 fly) and been a part of four winning relays to highlight the Cardinal. Staab continues to hold the school-record in the 100 fly with a time of 44.18.

Opening up the meet, Staab, along with Matt Thompson, Curtis Lovelace and Alex Coville, broke the Cardinal's own 2007 meet record in the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:28.30, four-hundredths faster than the previous best. To close out day two, Bobby Bollier, Staab, Aaron Wayne and Rob Andrews posted a "B" standard time of 6:30.31 in the 800 relay, to also lead the field and give Stanford its fourth relay win in four tries.

Freshman Matt Thompson was the first of five Cardinal in the 400 IM, leading the pack with a "B" standard time of 3:51.86. It was Thompson's second win in two days in the individual medley. Andrews won the 200 with a time of 1:37.38, while John Criste won the 100 breast (54.49).

In the 100 backstroke, Eugene Godsoe had the fastest prelim time at 47.84, but was unable to swim in the finals due to back spasms, leading the way for freshman Matt Swanston's leading time of 48.92.

The meet continues through Saturday.

In results late Thursday, Austin Staab and Alex Coville were a part of two winning relays, as the duo also finished 1-2 in the 50 free as well, to highlight the first day of competition. Overall the Cardinal won all five events on day one.

Staab and Coville led the field in the 50 freestyle with "B" standard times of 19.95 and 20.05, respectively, while the duo anchored the 400 medley relay, joining Eugene Godsoe and John Criste to post a "B" standard time of 3:12.69. Coville and Staab, followed by David Dunford and Aaron Wayne also led the field in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:19.74.

In a close race in the 500, Chad La Tourette touched the wall just ahead of teammate David Mosko, as post posted times of 4:20.38, also a "B" standard time. The Cardinal dominated the 200 IM as freshman Matt Thompson led a group of four Cardinal swimmers with a "B" standard time of 1:48.46.

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