Hansen Lowers Trials Record in 200 Breaststroke

By John Lohn

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 10. IN cruise control, Brendan Hansen easily qualified first for the championship heat of the 200-meter breaststroke, as the 22-year-old went 2:10.76, well under the Trials record (2:13.08), which he set in the morning preliminaries.

Hansen led the entire race and comfortably maneuvered through the water for the second-fastest time of his career, trailing only the 2:10.69 that won him the 2001 world championship in Fukuoka, Japan. Hansen should give the world record (2:09.42) a scare in tomorrow's finals. Earlier in the competition, Hansen blasted the global standard in the 100 breast, behind a time of 59.30.

Scott Usher won the first semifinal and qualified second in 2:13.19. Usher qualified ahead of Mark Gangloff (2:13.99), Gary Marshall (2:14.60) and Ed Moses (2:15.00). Moses, a 2000 Olympian, has been saddled by illness and swimming well off his typical times.

Dave Denniston (2:15.27) qualified in sixth while Ethan Bassett (2:16.19) and Ryan Hurley (2:16.41), representing Curl-Burke Swim Club, were seventh and eighth. Including Moses, Curl-Burke sent three athletes to the finals.

PREDICTION: Hansen sets his second world record of the competition, while Usher qualifies for his first Olympic team, finishing just ahead of Gangloff.

RESULTS

Event 16 Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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World: W 2:09.42 7/24/2003 Kosuke Kitajima, JPN
American: A 2:10.16 7/29/1992 Mike Barrowman, USA
U.S. Open: O 2:10.40 3/30/2001 Ed Moses, Curl-Burke
Meet: M 2:13.08 7/10/2004 Brendan Hansen, Longhorn Aq.
Oly. Tr. Cut: 2:19.99
Name Age Team Prelims Semis
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=== Semis ===

1 Hansen, Brendan 22 Longhorn Aquatic 2:13.08 2:10.76M
29.54 1:02.98 (33.44)
1:36.76 (33.78) 2:10.76 (34.00)
2 Usher, Scott 21 Wyoming Aquatics 2:15.27 2:13.19
29.95 1:04.08 (34.13)
1:38.32 (34.24) 2:13.19 (34.87)
3 Gangloff, Mark 22 Auburn Aquatics/ 2:17.04 2:13.99
29.88 1:04.51 (34.63)
1:39.02 (34.51) 2:13.99 (34.97)
4 Marshall, Gary 22 ConocoPhillips S 2:15.88 2:14.60
31.30 1:04.95 (33.65)
1:39.45 (34.50) 2:14.60 (35.15)
5 Moses, Ed 24 Curl-Burke Swim/ 2:15.86 2:15.00
29.72 1:03.56 (33.84)
1:38.70 (35.14) 2:15.00 (36.30)
6 Denniston, David 25 Irvine Novaquati 2:17.30 2:15.27
30.15 1:04.26 (34.11)
1:39.56 (35.30) 2:15.27 (35.71)
7 Bassett, Ethan 23 Curl-Burke Swim/ 2:17.74 2:16.19
31.20 1:05.49 (34.29)
1:40.82 (35.33) 2:16.19 (35.37)
8 Hurley, Ryan 18 Curl-Burke Swim 2:18.24 2:16.41
31.59 1:06.32 (34.73)
1:41.29 (34.97) 2:16.41 (35.12)
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9 Rowe, Caleb 21 Hawaii Swimming/ 2:18.20 2:17.36
30.78 1:04.93 (34.15)
1:40.48 (35.55) 2:17.36 (36.88)
10 Callahan, Andrew 17 Dynamo Swim Club 2:18.58 2:17.58
31.89 1:07.09 (35.20)
1:41.96 (34.87) 2:17.58 (35.62)
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11 Shanteau, Eric 20 Swim Atlanta/Aub 2:17.49 2:17.65
31.49 1:06.49 (35.00)
1:41.81 (35.32) 2:17.65 (35.84)
12 Schurr, Christian 19 Longhorn Aquatic 2:17.29 2:17.66
30.78 1:05.52 (34.74)
1:40.88 (35.36) 2:17.66 (36.78)
13 Mahoney, Sean 15 Terrapins Swim T 2:18.72 2:18.19
31.20 1:06.24 (35.04)
1:41.23 (34.99) 2:18.19 (36.96)
14 Lowe, Matthew 18 Tucson Ford Deal 2:18.79 2:18.36
30.75 1:05.59 (34.84)
1:41.27 (35.68) 2:18.36 (37.09)
15 Quinn, Sean 23 North Carolina A 2:18.87 2:18.67
30.81 1:05.51 (34.70)
1:41.48 (35.97) 2:18.67 (37.19)
16 Kibbe, James 19 Univ. Of Michiga 2:18.63 2:19.56
31.98 1:07.14 (35.16)
1:43.20 (36.06) 2:19.56 (36.36)

=== Preliminaries ===

17 Pogioli, Giordan 20 Purdue Universit 2:18.96
18 Fowler, Patrick 23 Santa Clara Swim 2:18.96
19 Ash, David 18 Firestone Akron 2:19.16
20 Stevens, Nathaniel 22 University Of Ar 2:19.72
21 Barone, James 24 North Baltimore 2:20.03
22 North, Matthew 21 St Charles Swim/ 2:20.47
23 Welch, Corey 21 Gator Swim Club/ 2:21.19
24 Bishop, Ryan 19 Baylor Swim Club 2:21.25
25 Mrazek, William 19 Area Tallahassee 2:21.42
26 Spann, Scott 16 Longhorn Aquatic 2:21.80
27 Swander, Kevin 20 Indiana Swim Tea 2:22.05
28 Torres, Louis 21 Northwestern U./ 2:22.07
29 Newman, Keenan 19 Stanford Swimmin 2:22.73
30 Clements, Joey 20 North Baltimore/ 2:24.30
31 Buslepp, Brandon 22 Fort Lauderdale 2:26.60
— Jenkins, Brooks 21 Unattached DQ
— Criste, John 15 Canyons Aquatic DQ

Scott Usher leaving the blocks on his way to setting the second best 200 Breast time in the semi-finals.

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