Pacific 10 Championships: Rebecca Soni, Elaine Breeden Down American, NCAA, U.S. Open Records; Cal Sets 400 Free Relay NCAA, U.S. Open Record

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, February 28. A day after setting the NCAA record in the women's 100-yard breast, Rebecca Soni came back to snatch the 200-yard breast American, NCAA and U.S. Open standards at the Pacific 10 Championships.

Soni torched the pool with a blazing fast time of 2:04.75. That swim cleared Tara Kirk's 2006 American and U.S. Open record of 2:05.73. Additionally, Soni's effort lowered her NCAA standard of 2:06.11 set in Long Beach last year.

Event 18 Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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Pac 10: P 2:04.75 2/28/2009 Rebecca I Soni, USC -
Pac 10 Meet: M 2:04.75 2/28/2009 Rebecca I Soni, USC -
NCAA: N 2:04.75 2/28/2009 Rebecca I Soni, USC -
2:10.32 NCAA
2:15.53 CONS
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
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=== A – Final ===

1 Soni, Rebecca I SR USC 2:08.79 2:04.75PNCAA 32

Elaine Breeden followed in the 200-yard fly with an American, NCAA and U.S. Open standard as she blew right past 1:50 with a 1:49.92. The swim proved to be a quantum leap in the event as the previous American and U.S. Open record had been a 1:51.27 set by Mary DeScenza at the Long Beach Grand Prix in January.

Meanwhile, Breeden's time also cleared the NCAA standard of 1:51.91, which had been the American record up until January, set by Natalie Coughlin back in 2002.

Event 19 Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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Pac 10: P 1:51.91 2002 Natalie Coughlin, California
Pac 10 Meet: M 1:52.63 2004 Kaitlin Sandeno, USC
NCAA: N 1:51.91 12/7/2002 Natalie Coughlin
1:54.95 NCAA
1:59.54 CONS
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
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=== A – Final ===

1 Breeden, Elaine JR STAN 1:52.77 1:49.92PNCAA 32

California closed the night with an NCAA and U.S. Open standard as Vollmer, Erica Dagg, Madison Kennedy and Hannah Wilson clocked a swift time of 3:11.05. The effort wiped out the 3:11.34 set by Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer, Anna Turner, Lara Jackson and Taylor Baughman last year.

With Hannah Wilson representing Hong Kong on the international circuit, the record should not eclipse Arizona's time as the American standard.

Event 21 Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
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Pac 10: P 3:11.05 2/28/2009 Univ of California Berkeley, CAL-
D Vollmer, E Dagg, M Kennedy, H Wilson
Pac 10 Meet: M 3:11.05 2/28/2009 Univ of California Berkeley, CAL-
D Vollmer, E Dagg, M Kennedy, H Wilson
NCAA: N 3:11.05 2/28/2009 Univ of California Berkeley, CAL-
D Vollmer, E Dagg, M Kennedy, H Wilson
3:14.93 NCAA
3:22.72 CONS
School Seed Finals Points
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1 CAL 'A' 3:14.73 3:11.05PNCAA 64
1) Vollmer, Dana W SR 2) Dagg, Erica SO
3) Kennedy, Madison J SR 4) Wilson, Hannah J SO

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