Julia Smit Posts Second American, NCAA Record at Pacific 10 Championships

LONG BEACH, California, February 26. STANFORD's Julia Smit clocked her second NCAA and American record in as many nights at the Pacific 10 Championships held in Long Beach, Calif.

Smit turned in a scorching time of 3:58.23 in the women's 400-yard IM to win the event and crush the 4:00 barrier. Smit's previous record heading into the evening had been an already swift 4:00.56 set at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. Smit not only broke the 4:00 barrier, she shattered it skipped right past 3:59.

Incidentally, she also demolished her meet record of 4:01.56 from last year. Scary to think that she cut a full second from Pac 10s to NCAAs last year. Could 3:57 be in the offing in West Lafayette next month?

Here are the splits from tonight's swim:

Event 8 Women 400 Yard IM
=======================================================================
Pac 10: P 4:00.56 2009 Julia Smit, Stanford
Pac 10 Meet: M 4:01.56 2009 Julia Smit, STAN
NCAA: N 4:00.56 3/20/2009 Julia Smit, Stanford
4:07.33 NCAA
4:19.69 CONS
Name Year School Prelims Finals
=======================================================================A – Final
1 Smit, Julia E SR STAN 4:07.98 3:58.23PNCAA
25.54 54.71 1:25.00 1:54.73 2:28.09 3:02.07 3:30.59 3:58.23

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