Julia Smit

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Julia Smit
Personal information
Full name Julia Elizabeth Smit
Nationality  United States
Born (1987-12-14) December 14, 1987 (age 26)
Santa Rosa, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, freestyle, individual medley
Club Three Village Swim Club
College team Stanford University

Julia Elizabeth Smit (born December 14, 1987) is an American competition swimmer, two-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. She has won a total of nine medals in major international competition, six golds, two silvers, and one bronze spanning the Olympics and Pan American Games.


She graduated from Mount Sinai High School in Long Island, New York. Both of her parents were born in the Netherlands. Her father, Peter, is a swim coach. Smit has an older brother, Mike, and a younger brother, Kevin, who are also swimmers. Smit attended Stanford University, where she was an anthropology major and a member of the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team.

Swimming career[edit]

As a high school student-athlete, Smit set New York State records in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 IM, swimming with the Three Village Swim Club.

As a college swimmer at Stanford, Smit is a five-time NCAA champion, having won the 400 yard IM in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and the 200 yard IM in 2009 and 2010.[1] Smit is the current American record holder in the 200 and 400 yard IM (short course), and 200[2] and 400m IM (short course).


At the 2007 Pan American Games, Smit won the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke, 200 m IM, 4x100 m freestyle relay, and 4x100 m medley relay. Smit also won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke.

At the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials, Smit finished third in the 200 m freestyle and sixth in the 100 m freestyle, earning berths for the 4x100 and 4x200 meter freestyle relays. Smit also finished third in the 400 m IM at trials. Smit was part of the silver medal winning team of the 4x100 m freestyle relay and the bronze winning team in the 4x200 m freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics, after she swam in the heats of both.

On November 28, 2008, Smit set her first world record at the Canada Cup in Toronto, breaking Kirsty Coventry's short course 400 m IM record.[3]


At the 2009 US National Championships and World Championship Trials, Smit won her first national title in the 200 m IM in 2:09.34, setting a new American record.[4] Smit also placed second in the 400 m IM and fourth in the 100 m freestyle with a career-best 54.38. At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, in Rome, Smit placed ninth in the 200 m IM (2:10.29), barely missing a place in the final.[5] Smit also swam in the preliminaries of the 4x100 m freestyle, which placed fourth in the final, and the freestyle leg of the 4x100 m medley, which did not advance to the final.

At the 2009 Duel in the Pool, Smit reclaimed the world record in the short course 400 m IM with a time of 4:21.04.[6] One day later, she also broke the world record in the 200 m IM with a time of 2:04.60.[7]

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Preceded by

Kirsty Coventry
Kathryn Meaklim
Women's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

November 28, 2008 – December 14, 2008
December 18, 2009 – August 11, 2013
Succeeded by

Mireia Belmonte
Katinka Hosszú
Preceded by
Evelyn Verrasztó
Women's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

December 19, 2009 – August 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Katinka Hosszú