Feb. 11, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Stanford senior Julia Smit and junior Meg Hostage swept the Pac-10 Conference's January Swimmer and Diver of the Month honors, giving Smit a record fifth award, and Hostage her third career honor.
Smit (Mt. Sinai, NY) has arguably been the conference's top swimmer all season, and one of the nation's best, earning conference swimmer of the month honors for all three of the months this season, while also garnering two national swimmer of the week honors.
During January, the 19-time All-American won eight of the 10 individual events she entered, posting either “A” or “B” standards in all the events. For the month, the Cardinal knocked off No. 2 Arizona and No. 9 USC.
The five honors surpasses Smit's Olympic teammate, Rebecca Soni of USC (2006-09), who had four awards. Along with Smit's totals this season, she was also awarded the conference honor in November, 2008 and November, 2007.
Smit currently has the nation's fastest 200 IM (1:55.45) and 400 IM (4:03.31) times and ranks second nationally in the 50 (22.35) and 200 backstroke (1:52.83) and sixth in the 100 (48.90). She is also a part of the nation's fastest 200 free relay team.
Hostage (Potomac, MD) was previously named the conference's top diver during her freshman year, in December, 2007 and February, 2008, a year in which she was named the Pac-10's Freshman Diver of the Year. With three awards, she is one short of the Pac-10 diving record held by Canadian Olympian and USC's Blythe Hartley (2002-05).
During the first month of the decade, Hostage won three of five one-meter competitions in January, winning the Bruin Invite and dual competitions with ASU and UCLA. She also won the three-meter event at UCLA and was second to teammate Carmen Stellar in the one-meter against the Wildcats.
Smit and Hostage will both compete against Cal on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. at the Avery Aquatics Center, which will be webcast live on gostanford.com with live results as well through the website.
Pac-10 Swimmers of the Month from Stanford
2004-05: Jan: Caroline Bruce, Feb: Caroline Bruce
2005-06: Jan: Brooke Bishop
2006-07: Nov: Julia Smit
2008-09: Nov: Julia Smit
2009-10: Nov: Julia Smit, Dec: Julia Smit, Jan: Julia Smit
Pac-10 Divers of the Month from Stanford
2004-05: Jan: Ashlee Rosenthal
2006-07: Nov: Cassidy Krug
2007-08: Dec: Meg Hostage, Feb: Meg Hostage
2008-09: Jan: Carmen Stellar, Feb: Carmen Stellar
2009-10: Jan: Meg Hostage