Smit swims to gold medal in 400 IM


Stanford's Julia Smit won gold in the 400 individual medley and Elaine Breeden won a bronze in the 100 fly on the first day of swimming at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday.

Smit, who along with Breeden each on their morning heats, trailed by three seconds after the first 100 meters and then took over the lead at the midway point, and with 100 meters to go, led by a full two seconds to finish with a time of 4:46.15 ahead of Brazil's Joana Maranaho (4:46.33).

Breeden also had to come back during the evening session, racing fourth after the first 50 meters to finish with a time of 59.81 behind American teammate Claire Donahue (58.73) and Brazil's Dayna DePaula (59.30).

In women's volleyball, Stanford grads Cynthia Barboza, Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman helped the U.S. earn a 25-17, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Puerto Rico in its Group B opener Saturday.

Barboza recorded nine kills and three blocks while Lichtman had five kills and recorded an ace.

The U.S. continues Group B play against Peru Sunday at 11 a.m

In women's squash, Cardinal grad Lily Lorentzen fell to Brazil's Theisa Serafini, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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