U.S. Open: Flash! Jessica Hardy Lowers 50 Breast World Record on Way to 100 Breast World Record -- August 7, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, August 7. TROJAN's Jessica Hardy is definitely completely back after a year away from the sport due to a doping ban. Tonight, at the U.S. Open, Hardy clocked a pair of world records.

First, she hammered the 50 breast in 29.80 on the way to a stunning 1:04.45 in the 100 breast finale. Yesterday, Hardy clocked a swift 29.95 for the 50 breast world record as part of a 100 breast time trial. She lowered it even further on the way to the 100 breast standard. Her 1:04.45 whacked nearly half a second from Rebecca Soni's world and American record time of 1:04.84 set last week.

Santa Barbara's Katy Freeman (1:05.35) and Suburban's Corrie Clark (1:07.43) rounded out the top three.

Indiana's Kevin Swander continued the recent resurgence in his career that started with an American record swim in the 50 breast at the World University Games this summer. This evening, he cleared 1:00 for the first time and moved to 13th all time in the 100 breast with a 59.40. That performance moved him ahead of Ryo Tateishi for 13th, and behind Giedrius Titenis' 59.24.

Tucson Ford's Marcus Titus placed second in 1:00.21, while Mike Alexandrov snatched third in 1:00.57. Swander's effort beat Titus' meet record of 1:00.33 set during prelims.

The U.S. Open is becoming Nick Thoman's playground. Last year, he nearly cleared the world record in the 100 back. This year, it nearly happened again. Thoman ripped off a 52.51 in the event to vault to sixth all time ahead of Arkady Vyatchanin's 52.57 and behind Ryosuke Irie's 52.50. Thoman lowered his meet record of 52.92 set last year. Patrick Schirk placed second in 54.75, while France's Pierre Roger took third in 55.21.

In a barnburner to open the night, Longhorn's Samantha Tucker held off a hard charging Erika Erndl of SwimFlorida for the women's 200 free title. Both swimmers cleared Erndl's meet record of 1:59.16 set during prelims. Tucker, however, came out on top, 1:58.81 to 1:58.92. Tucson Ford's Leone Vorster completed the top three in 1:59.39.

Tucson Ford's Adam Ritter won the men's 200 free going away with a time of 1:47.57. Longhorn's Michael Klueh claimed second in 1:48.65, while Minnesota's Alex Wold captured third in 1:49.25.

Aquajet Rachel Bootsma snagged the women's 100 back title in 1:00.47. BEST's Noriko Inada finished second in 1:00.64, while KING's Margaret Hoelzer touched third in 1:00.76.

Minnesota's Christine Jennings, Megan Braun, Marissa Davies and Stacy Busack concluded the night with a winning time of 8:07.68 in the women's 800 free relay.


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August 7, 2009 Congrats to Jess. I hope this provides her some degree of vindication. Also, I can hear the haters coming out of the woodwork.
Submitted by: mjb
August 7, 2009 I wonder how many drugs she was on during her suspension?

Way to go Freeman!
Submitted by: jeffyfit
August 7, 2009 There's the hater. Didn't take long.
Submitted by: mjb
August 7, 2009 So, what was she wearing?
Submitted by: jessem
August 7, 2009 I'd do drugz with her and phelps. Just saying....
Submitted by: XXXXXXXJOSH
August 7, 2009 Jessem- the AP article says she was wearing a Jaked.

I'm so happy for Jessica! She's an awesome girl, and deserves to get back in the pool with a bang after everything she's been through in the past year. I think all of her frustration and anger from the last year probably went into that incredible performance.

I also think it goes to show you that maybe a lot of coaches are overtraining at least some of their athletes. If they work their butts off while they are in the pool, maybe some key to success is a bit of balance outside the pool. And training less may actually be BETTER for the body!

I hope CAS uses their brains when they meet and that they see her solid evidence that she wasn't any more "at fault" than pretty much every other swimmer out there that takes supplements, and doesn't take away her future oportunities from her! She has "served" her time, no question.

Submitted by: Ako
August 7, 2009 Cool thanks for the info.
Submitted by: jessem
August 7, 2009 There you go all you jessica hardy haters. And yeah jeffyfit. I'm sure she was on all kinds of anabolic steroids and HGH during her time off. There's no way a former american record holder could go fast again when all the motivation she had during her suspension was a missed spot on an olympic team and enormous amounts of public scrutiny from people like you.
Submitted by: mmart24
August 7, 2009 Im so happy for Jessica! What a rivalry it will be between Hardy and Soni
Submitted by: aussie
August 8, 2009 Super! Hardy is the BEST!!! Congraulations!
Submitted by: speedboat
August 8, 2009 Oh, I definitely believe most of the coaches overwork their swimmers to make a name for themselves. Most coaches have an ego the size of "Texas" and an IQ of 1. Believe me, any idiot can coach Phelps.
Submitted by: speedboat
August 8, 2009 I'm happy for Jessica, also.

You were so right mjb.

One thing to note. I think these total polyurethane suits especially benefitted the women in this event - they've all been about a second faster than without them.
Submitted by: mario2007
August 8, 2009 No comment either way on Jessica and her drug issue, just a question maybe someone can answer?
Will FINA ratify this record given her situation?
While USADA has reduced her ban from 2 years to 1, isn't Jessica in court vs. WADA who wants the 2 year ban upheld?
Maybe I am behind on my news and this has been resolved...if so, apologies for wasting everyone's time.
But if not, how can FINA ratify a WR from a person who will potentially be on a drug ban for another year if the case proceeds and the CAS rules against her?
Again, maybe I am way behind on this and it's a done deal.
I do think that Jessica actually will be one of the ones that will be less affected by the suits next year. Remember, her former AR which is still not too far off this time was done in a hip suit. Other females could be far more affected I think.

Submitted by: rcoach
August 8, 2009 forgive me for being cynical. no other coach in the us has as many banned swimmers as dave salo. it is all too convenient and far too "fishy" for me. one meet in, she says she is rusty for the 100, then crushing world records... yeah. and oj is innocent too.
Submitted by: jeffyfit
August 8, 2009 Jeffyfit-- the 100 free is not her best event-- prior to Trials last summer it was pretty new to her program. She hasn't raced it too many times ever, which could make a huge difference in how hard it would be to come back in. It's also a different stroke, and her body may have reacted a different way. I'd also imagine it would be the most emotional event for her to race. And she was emotional about being back in the pool... but the breast was her 3rd race, so she may have worked some of that out in her first 2. She wasn't exactly slow in her 100 free.

Rcoach-- I was wondering how the CAS hearing will effect her world record standing also. But regardless, everyone behind Jessica knows this came from her hard work, no matter what FINA/CAS ends up saying later. I hope they will uphold the suspension being one year instead of two. And I hope that they end up letting her swim in London. Aside from being an awesome person, she's a talented swimmer who will add a lot of dimension to the Olympics if they let her.

Submitted by: Ako
August 8, 2009 Jeffyfit asking forgiveness for being cynical is like a skunk asking forgiveness for smelling bad.
Submitted by: swimray
August 8, 2009 It is funny how we Americans are such hypocrites...
I bet if instead of Jessica her name was Xiung Li, we would be crying and complaining about "how in the world her record would be valid"...
If she was from any other country we would be begging FINA not to rectify this record.

In regards to what AKO said above "solid evidence that she wasn't any more "at fault" than pretty much every other swimmer out there that takes supplements"

I'm sorry, but if you are a World Class athlete, it is YOUR responsibility to find out what the heck you are putting in your body...If there is any doubt, then DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!!!

While I do not believe that she knew what she was taking, it is still her responsibility.

FINA has been a joke for a long time. I hope the newly elected administration puts their foot down in cases like these. I hope she stays on course for London, but I do not think her ban should be reduced.

Submitted by: mambomambo
August 9, 2009 Sorry mambomambo,

but to compare what Jessica did to the systematic doping of the Chinese - that's ridiculous. It would only be outrageous if you were the Chinese doing the whining.
Submitted by: mario2007
August 9, 2009 What amazes me is that people just automatically take hardy's side because a panel decided it was a contaminated supplement. Advocare tests their stuff before bottling. It was clean. Then they tested it after she tested positive and blamed them. Clean again. Only hers seems to be bad. Maybe someone on her end tainted it themselves for defense?

Seriously, how could she possibly have leftovers from that bottle that far after? I highly doubt she had the exact bottles she was taking tested. Seems all too convenient to me and you know what they say, if it sounds like a [cheater] and walks like a [cheater]...
Submitted by: jeffyfit
August 9, 2009 Mambomambo-- I agree that it was her responsibility. I'm just saying that I think she has served her penalty for the crime, and if they take her out of the NEXT Olympics too, it's pretty messed up given the fact that she was not purposefully doing anything more than virtually every other swimmer and elite athlete out there is doing. It's easy to say "if there was any doubt, she shouldn't have done it." But is there anything to say that SHE shouldn't have been taking supplements any more than any other athlete out there shouldn't have been taking supplements.

Jeffyfit, I have been on Jessica's side since day one. I know her, and know she would NEVER have done this intentionally. I also cannot imagine that she ever would have tainted the leftovers intentionally. Interestingly, it's not just "us" on here that are behind Jessica. Pretty much EVERYONE in USA-Swimming seems to believe her side of the story. They wouldn't be publically supporting her if they didn't think she was telling the truth. And that started before the panel said she was innocent. Seems to me the only people who WILL bash her are those who hide behind anonymous screen names on forums.
Submitted by: Ako
August 10, 2009 Ako, in All Countries, mine included ( Brazil ) there was stuff like theses, even Mauren Maggi ( Olympic Champion of Long Jump on Beijing ) passed through the exactly same case of Hardy ( or even worse, cause Maggi penalty was for using a skin healing medicine passed by her sponsor ) but she completed all the penalty, so it´s kinda cynical and bad for sport for everyone watching the US swimming Body trying to cut FINA penalty by themselves.
Submitted by: menaceb
August 10, 2009 It's very difficult to swallow the fact that she just broke the WR. Everything she does will always have a question mark next to it as far as I'm concerned. We've heard the "tainted supplement" excuse from too many athletes too many times to just give her a free pass on this. And I also have to agree that we're putting on our USA-colored goggles when looking at the case. If it was a foreign swimmer especially of the Chinese variety we'd be up in arms about this, but since it's one of our own... free pass? Drugs in sport is a problem and it would be naive to believe that USA Swimming is immune to those problems.
Submitted by: fl_coach
August 10, 2009 Anyone who's read the arbitrators' decision on Hardy (it is or was available onlne) knows the panel didn't blithly, blindly, or easily accept her argument that she was exposed to a contaminated supplement. She had evidence from 2 independent labs, the results of which were presented to the panel and to USADA for scrutiny, and the testers cross-examined. (Have AdvoCare's purported negative results been provided to anyone for review or analysis?) And don't forget she tested clean just 3 days before testing dirty, which means she's either incredibly stupid for having doped herself after having already made the Olympic Team, or that she was exposed to something unknowlingly and unintentionally. As far as breaking the WR her first time back in competition, I'm sure she felt like she had something to prove, and remember that she and Rebeccas Soni (and Kerry Hehn) are training partners, so she's' been pushed and challenged in training if not in competition. Has anyone ever broken 2 WRs in one race? Incredible!!!
Submitted by: swimray
August 10, 2009 "or that she was exposed to something unknowingly and unintentionally."

Swimray, Still, this does not excuse the outcome. Anyone can claim stupidity, a contaminated supplement..etc...I can just imagine the next swimmer to test positive for anything will have a great precedence to show a "contaminated" supplement....

BTW, this so called evidence would never have been accepted in the court of law (if this was a criminal case...) as the evidence itself would've been considered "contaminated" due to the fact that it was only tested a long time after she actually tested positive....

Also, being "incredibly stupid" as far a doping goes in this world is not relegated only to the incredibly stupid....A lot of the athletes who have tested positive in the past are actually extremely bright...

I would not be surprised to see her ban reduced to 1 yr, considering the amount of Power US Swimming has over FINA....hopefully this has changed with the new administration....
Submitted by: mambomambo
August 10, 2009 According to an article I read after the panel decision came out, all three of her drug tests ended up being positive... the first and third were just smaller amounts. So that's 3for3 dirty.

Again, what's her explanation for supposedly having that exact bottle left over to get tested? There's no way. Too convenient especially when no other Advocare athlete tested positive.
Submitted by: jeffyfit
August 10, 2009 I wasn't aware of this Jeffyfit, but the fact that no other Advocare athlete has tested positive for anything raises some eyebrows...
Submitted by: mambomambo
August 10, 2009 BTW, Drew Brees should be worried right now considering the NFL's policies in regards to doping...

I think the most crazy thing is HOW IN THE WORLD an ARGININE supplement can be contaminated with Clebuterol.

This is just not good for Jessica...
"In the company's 15-year history, AdvoCare products have never tested positive for banned substances of any kind with any of our athletic endorsers."

Plus it seems extremely unlikely that a company recruiting so many elite athletes would intentionally spike their supplements with banned substances...

Still, regardless of who is to blame, an elite athlete who chooses to use these products:

Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink
Arginine Extreme
AdvoCare® Muscle Fuel Pre-Workout Drink
Muscle Gain™ Protein Shake
Muscle Strength™
Nighttime Recovery
Post-Workout Recovery Sports Drink
Amplify A.T.

AND that decides against reading the FINE PRINT about which one of these actually had independent testing performed from the Banned Substances Control Group, only has him/herself to blame....that is why I think the penalty should stay.
Submitted by: mambomambo
August 11, 2009 "In the company's 15-year history, AdvoCare products have never tested positive for banned substances of any kind with any of our athletic endorsers."

Of course they are going to say that. What kind of supplement company would say anything differently?

The real lesson here for people is that you shouldn't take supplements, period. With proper nutrition you don't need them, and really, only bad things can happen as a result.
Submitted by: mjb
August 11, 2009 I'm glad to see there are others not willing to blindly give Ms. Hardy a free pass. And mjb hits it right on the mark when he says simply "don't take supplements".

Any athlete at the elite level is so well versed in PED responsibility that her "mistake" is inexcusable. They know the rules, they know they are ultimately responsible. Whether or not the substance was "unintentionally" contaminated makes no difference, she took the supplement and must pay the penalty. Normally it's 2 years, why was she given special consideration? Is it because there's just NO WAY a good-old American USA-Swimming member would have intentionally taken something? (hope you caught the sarcasm)

It's time to stand up against doping, and the only way to do it is to have zero-tolerance policy. The excuses are always there and they're all the same - they are EXCUSES. Attempts to pawn off the responsibility that was ultimately the athlete's.

I don't even want to get in to the "intent" portion of this because I for one wouldn't believe in 1 million years that there isn't a doping problem in USA Swimming, but that's another discussion in its own right.
Submitted by: fl_coach
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