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Stanford grad Smit swims to gold medal at Pan Ams

 

Stanford's Julia Smit won her second gold medal of the Pan American Games, winning the 200-meter individual medley by 1.02 seconds with a time of 2:13.73 on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Smit, who had the fastest prelim time of 2:15.52, beat Jamaica's Alia Atkinston (2:14.75) and Brazil's Joanna Maranhao (2:15.08) to sweep both individual medley's over four days. Smit had opened up the Games with a gold medal in the 400 IM on Saturday.

Smit was just short of her Pan American record, set in 2007 in Brazil, then at 2:13.07.

It is the fourth medal for Stanford Swimming at the Pan Am Games, following Smit (gold) in the 400 IM, Elaine Breeden (bronze) in the 100 fly and Eugene Godsoe in the 100 back (silver).

Football

The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed former Stanford center Chase Beeler to the team's practice squad and released wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the same unit.

Beeler (6-3, 285) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on July 27 and was released last week. He was signed to San Francisco's practice squad on Sept. 4.

A 23-year old native of Jenks, OK., Beeler started 32 games at Stanford after transferring from Oklahoma following his freshman year. In 2010, he was named AP first-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in history.

Beeler was an integral part of last season's Stanford team that went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl with current Niners' head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Taylor (6-0, 197) originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers on July 28 and was released following training camp. He was then signed to the New England Patriots practice squad and was later released. The 49ers signed him on Oct. 12 to the practice squad.

Golf

Atherton's Jonathan Garrick was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing himself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.

Garrick, 17, is a senior at St. Francis High and has verbally committed to UCLA. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Garrick posted top-10 finishes at four of his tournaments in 2011. A showing in the semifinals of the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic and runner-up finishes at the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends and The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf have earned Garrick the No. 7 position in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world's premier junior golfers. This year's selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 83 national events, 70 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 18.

The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 24 states and eight foreign countries (Argentina, Colombia, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago). These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 20, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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