Six-Time NCAA Champ Julia Smit Among Stanford’s 2021 Hall of Fame Class

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October 13th, 2021 College, News, Pac-12

Courtesy: Stanford Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – Showcasing one of its most decorated classes in recent memory, Stanford Athletics will welcome eight former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2021 includes Jayne Appel Marinelli (women’s basketball), Bob Bryan (men’s tennis), Mike Bryan (men’s tennis), Josh Childress (men’s basketball), Toby Gerhart (football/baseball), Alix Klineman (women’s volleyball), Elle Logan (women’s rowing) and Julia Smit (women’s swimming and diving).

The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 6, and recognized publicly on Friday, Nov. 5, during Stanford’s football game against Utah.

In addition to producing a combined five NCAA team championships, 14 conference team titles and 10 Olympic medals, multiple inductees have also been honored as NCAA individual champions, All-Americans, conference athletes of the year and school record-holders.

The Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame was originated by Walt Gamage, a longtime sports editor of the Palo Alto Times. Gamage, who had previously worked on many neighborhood newspapers in the Chicago area, moved to Palo Alto in 1944 and quickly became interested in Stanford sports. In early 1954, Gamage organized a Hall of Fame. The first class of inductees, including 34 of the greatest names in Stanford sports history, was announced in a full-page spread in the Palo Alto Times on December 21, 1954.


Jayne Appel Marinelli • Women’s Basketball • 2007-10 

  • Led Cardinal to three NCAA Final Four appearances (2008-10), four Pac-10 regular-season titles (2007-10) and four Pac-10 tournament championships (2007-10)
  • Three-time All-American (2008-10), earning recognition from Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Associated Press (AP), John R. Wooden Award and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA)
  • Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2010), Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009), Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2007)
  • Guided Cardinal to 133-16 overall record during her four-year career
  • School-record holder in career blocks (273) while ranking third all-time in career rebounds (1,263), fourth in career field goal percentage (.565) and fifth in career points (2,125)
  • Selected in first round (No. 5 overall) of 2010 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars, competing in WNBA from 2010-16

Bob Bryan • Men’s Tennis • 1997-98 

  • Led Cardinal to two NCAA championships (1997-98) before turning pro after two seasons on The Farm, including an undefeated 28-0 campaign in 1998, in addition to a pair of Pac-10 crowns (1997-98)
  • Two-time NCAA champion, pulling off the sweep in 1998 with a victory in singles and doubles (with brother, Mike)
  • Two-time All-American (1997-98), Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year (1997), 55-3 career singles record in duals
  • Teamed up with brother, Mike, to form the most prolific doubles team of all-time, producing an Open Era record 119 titles, winning 16 majors and holding the world No. 1 ranking for a record 139 consecutive weeks before retiring in 2020
  • Individually, a 16-time major doubles champion, achieved career Grand Slam, 7-time major mixed doubles champion
  • Two-time Olympic medalist (2008 bronze, 2012 gold)

Mike Bryan • Men’s Tennis • 1997-98 

  • Led Cardinal to two NCAA championships (1997-98) before turning pro after two seasons on The Farm, including an undefeated 28-0 campaign in 1998, in addition to a pair of Pac-10 crowns (1997-98)
  • NCAA champion (1998) in doubles with brother, Bob
  • Two-time All-American (1997-98), 40-4 career singles record in duals
  • Teamed up with brother, Bob, to form the most prolific doubles team of all-time, producing an Open Era record 119 titles, winning 16 majors and holding the world No. 1 ranking for a record 139 consecutive weeks before retiring in 2020
  • Individually, an 18-time major doubles champion, achieved career Grand Slam, 4-time major mixed doubles champion
  • Two-time Olympic medalist (2008 bronze, 2012 gold)

Josh Childress • Men’s Basketball • 2002-04 

  • Led Cardinal to three NCAA appearances (2002-04), a Pac-10 regular season title (2004) and a Pac-10 tournament crown (2004)
  • All-American (2004), earning recognition from National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Associated Press (AP), Sports Illustrated (SI), ESPN.com, Basketball Times and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA)
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year (2004), the only conference player of the year in school history
  • Pac-10 Tournament MVP (2004), averaging team-high totals in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (7.5) during his final season before turning pro
  • Ranks 40th in school history in career points (1,061)
  • Selected in first round (No. 6 overall) of 2004 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks – the highest drafted player in school history – while also competing eight seasons in the NBA and two seasons in Europe

Toby Gerhart • Football/Baseball • 2006-09

  • Fueled Cardinal to 8-5 record in 2009 and its first bowl berth (Sun Bowl) in eight seasons
  • Achieved breakthrough season in 2009: Heisman Trophy runner-up, Doak Walker Award winner, Jim Brown Trophy recipient and Archie Griffin Award honoree
  • Unanimous First-Team All-American (2009), earning recognition from American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Associated Press (AP), Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Sporting News
  • Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year (2009), becoming Stanford’s first conference honoree since 1999 and only the seventh selection in school history
  • In 2009, produced NCAA FBS-leading 1,871 rushing yards, 28 rushing touchdowns and 172 points while his 343 carries as a senior are a school record and 3,522 career rushing yards rank fifth in program history
  • Selected in second round (No. 51 overall) of 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, competing six seasons in the NFL
  • Two-sport standout who was also a starting outfielder with the baseball program (2007-09)

Alix Klineman • Women’s Volleyball • 2007-10

  • Led Cardinal to two NCAA runner-up finishes (2007-08), four NCAA appearances (2007-10) and four Pac-10 regular-season titles (2007-10)
  • Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year (2010), Pac-10 Player of the Year (2010), National Freshman of the Year (2007)
  • Four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American (2007-10), becoming the eighth player in school history to earn distinction in all four seasons
  • CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year (2010) and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (2009-10)
  • One of two players in school history to surpass 2,000 career kills while leading Stanford in kills in each of her four seasons
  • Olympic medalist in beach volleyball (2020 gold) who also competed for the U.S. National Team and on the AVP Tour

Elle Logan • Women’s Rowing • 2007-11

  • Powered Cardinal to its only NCAA championship (2009) in school history as a member of the NCAA champion Varsity Eight
  • Four-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-American (2008-11), earning first-team honors in each season
  • Pac-10 Athlete of the Year (2011) and member of the Pac-10 champion Varsity Eight (2009)
  • Named Pac-12 Rower of the Century in 2016 as part of the conference’s centennial celebration
  • Member of the National Rowing Hall of Fame as part of W8+ (2008)
  • Three-time Olympic medalist (2008 gold, 2012 gold, 2016 gold), three-time world champion in W8+ (2010-11, 2014), silver medalist in the W4- (2009)

Julia Smit • Women’s Swimming • 2007-10

  • Guided Cardinal to NCAA runner-up finish (2010), four NCAA appearances (2007-10) and a Pac-10 title (2010)
  • NCAA Swimmer of the Year (2010), Honda Award Winner for women’s swimming (2010), CoSIDA Academic All-American (2010)
  • Six-time NCAA champion (200-yard IM in 2009 and 2010, 400-yard IM in 2008, 2009, 2010, 400-free relay in 2010)
  • 28-time All-American, tied for the most career selections in school history
  • 10-time Pac-10 champion, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year (2010), Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2007)
  • Two-time Olympic medalist (2008 silver in 400m free relay, 2008 bronze in 800m free relay)

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