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Neptune Alums Contribute at Pac10 Meet
Neptune Alumnae Amanda Sims, Penelope Yamauchi, and Kelsey Louden came up big at the 2010 Pacific 10 Swimming Championships this weekend. 
 
(Note "B" = NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark in summary below)
 
Amanda Sims - placed 4th in 100 Fly (52.12"B"); 16th in 100 Back (55.31"B"); 6th in 200 Fly (1:56.44 "B") She also swam fly on Cal's 2nd place 400 Medley Relay and 3rd place 200 Medley Relay.  Helped Cal to 2nd place conference finish.
 
Kelsey Louden - tied for 11th in 100 Breast (1:02.53 "B" - lifetime best) - NCAA meet cutoff will likely be low 1:01s, perhaps high 1:00's for this event.  14th in 200 Breast was also a lifetime best 2:13.98 "B" in prelims - out of the blue she has improved almost 5 seconds in this event in the past 2 weeks!
 
Penelope Yamauchi - 18th in 200IM (lifetime best 2:00.18"B"), 21st 400 IM (4:23.64), 16th in 200 Breast (2:15.34 "B" in prelims).
 
 
The big story at this meet was Stanford's first Pac 10 title since 2005, led by senior Julia Smit, who crushed the NCAA and American records in the 200IM and 400IM and was selected "swimmer of the meet".  Among Smit's accomplishments was becoming the first woman to ever break 4:00 for 400IM!
 
The local connection here is that Maria Carrillo senior Maya DiRado is slated to fill some of Smit's spots in the Cardinal lineup next year (both swim the same events - 200IM, 400IM, and 200 Back -- Smit leaves rather large shoes to be filled!)