Smit, Smith among the top three at L.A. Grand Prix swim meet

Several other Stanford swimmers compete in finals

Stanford product and Olympian Julia Smit finished third in the women's 200 individual medley Saturday at the Los Angeles Grand Prix swim meet. Her former Cardinal teammate, senior Liz Smith, did her one better.

Smith (2:28.75) claimed second place to Olympian Rebecca Soni (2:24.89) in the women's 200 breast. Soni led the race from start to finish while Smith fended off challenges from Caitlin Leverenz and Keri Hahn to win the silver.

Cardinal senior Kate Dwelley finished eighth in the 200 IM, swimming a 2:16.91. Smit went 2:13.0, just off her personal best 2:12.57. Ariana Kukors won the event in 2:11.01.

Smit came back to finish fifth in the 50 free in 25.66. A slew of local swimmers competed in the A Consolation final, with Stanford sophomore Samantha Woodward swimming 25.98 to edge Dwelley. Stanford sophomore Andi Murez was seventh in the race, 15th overall in 26.43.

Palo Alto grad Liv Jensen, currently swimming for California Aquatics, went 26.31 to finish 13th overall. Stanford sophomore Elizabeth Webb won the B Consolation final in 26.10

Stanford junior Curtis Lovelace was fourth in the men's 200 breast, swimming a 2:14.87. Cardinal senior Kelsey Ditto was fifth in the women's 400 free with a time of 4:11.89.

Stanford grad and Olympian Elaine Breeden finished 18th overall with her swim of 2:16.39.

Markus Rogan, an Olympian for Austria and a Stanford grad, finished seventh in the men's 100 free with a time of 1:52.01. Michael Klueh won the race in 1:49.68.

Cardinal junior Bobby Bollier was 11th in the event, with a time of 1:52.67, while Stanford's Rob Andrews was 20th in 1:54.12.

In the men's 400 IM, PASA's Ben Hinshaw won the A Consolation title with a 4:28.40. That was a better final time than all but four swimmers. Adam Hinshaw was right behind in 4:30.93.

In preliminaries:

Women's 200 IM -- 10, Liz Smith (Stanford) 2:17.84; 34, Ally Howe (PASA) 2:22.12; 40, Megan Fischer-Colbrie (PASA) 2:22.77; 58, Haley Read (PASA) 2:24.61; 154, Marie-pierre Delisle (PASA) 2:31.52.

Men's 100 free -- 28, Ben Hinshaw (PASA) 1:54.84; 41, Adam Hinshaw (PASA) 1:55.90; 44, Nick Trowbridge (PASA) 1:56.18; 65, Matt Murray (PASA) 1:57.94.

Women's 200 breast -- 42, Haley Read (PASA) 2:43.09.

Women's 50 free -- 43, Ally Howe (PASA) 27.20; 60, Jessica Bergman (PASA) 27.54; 61, Elaine Breeden (Stanford) 27.55; 67, Colleen Fotsch (Palo Alto/Cal Aquatics) 27.67.

Men's 50 free -- 46, Markus Rogan (Stanford/Trojan SC) 24.48; 48, Nick Trowbridge (PASA) 24.55; 63, Matt Murray (PASA) 24.82.

Women's 400 free -- 116, Katherine Reeves (PASA) 4:40.95.

Men's 400 IM -- 10, Bobby Bollier (Stanford) 4:32.19; 43, Andfrew Grinalds (Stanford) 4:45.79

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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What is PASA?

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