Former Stanford swimmers strike gold in Berlin


Julia Smit won two events, Elaine Breeden continued her dominance in the 200 fly and Peter Marshall and Randall Bal each won in the backstroke as Stanford grads continued to succeed at the World Cup in Berlin this past weekend.

Smit owns two of the world's top times, winning the 200 IM in 2:07.64, an American record for short-course meters. Smit's 400 IM time of 4:29.09 was two seconds short of her world-leading time. Smit has 14 medals this season, including eight gold. She has 63 total points, second in the standings.

Marshall and Bal swam against each other in the 50 back and 100 back. Marshall edged Bal in the 50 back, 23.44 to 23.71. Marshall's time of 23.38 in Beijing is the top time in the world.

Bal came back to win the 100 back, swimming a 51.34. Marshall was fourth in 51.64. Marshall now has eight medals, including four gold, Bal has five medals -- two gold and three silver.

Breeden won her fourth consecutive 200 fly, swimming 2:05.38. She has the world's-fastest time at 2:04.54, which she accomplished in Tokyo. She finished third in the 100 fly.

The World Cup continues with a meet in Moscow, which begins Tuesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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