Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson Clips American, NCAA Record in 100 Breast

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 21. ONCE Missy Franklin took the top off the American and NCAA record box tonight in the 200 free, Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson scorched the women’s 100-yard breaststroke with an American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the event for her third straight title.

Larson went out in 27.03, just off her American record pace of 27.00, but brought it home in a sweltering 30.20 to win in 57.23. That clipped her previous record of 57.28 set during the Southeastern Conference Championships and gave her a third straight victory in the event.

Four other swimmers have won the event three times with Tara Kirk (2001-04) owning a career sweep for four wins, while Kristy Kowal went three straight from 1998-2000. Tracey McFarlane also won the race three times with a break in between with wins in 1985, 1987, 1988.

UW-Milwaukee’s Emily McClellan bettered her morning time of 57.81 to take second in 57.76 and move into third all time in the event. Only Larson and Alia Atkinson (57.62) have been faster, while McClellan surpassed Kirk’s 57.77 for third all time.

Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney, the American-record holder in the 200 breast, took third in 57.79 to move to fifth all time as the 57-second club grew to five today after it began this morning with three.

USC’s Kasey Carlson (58.47), Stanford’s Katie Olsen (58.70), Tennessee’s Molly Hannis (59.66), Alabama’s Kayli Burchell (59.84) and SMU’s Tara-Lynn Nicholas (1:00.44) also competed for the national title in the finale.

In an extremely close consolation heat, Indiana’s Bronwyn Pasloski raced her way to the win in 59.39. Stanford’s Sarah Haase (59.56), Missouri’s Katharine Ross (59.58), Florida’s Hilda Luthersdottir (59.65) and Texas A&M’s Ashley McGregor (59.66) all finished within a fingernail of each other.

Texas’ Gretchen Jaques (59.81), Virginia Tech’s Weronika Paluszek (1:00.41) and Georgia’s Annie Zhu (1:00.49) also picked up team points in the B final.

Splits
1 Larson, Breeja SR Texas A&M 58.23 57.23N 20
r:+0.77 27.03 57.23 (30.20)
2 McClellan, Emil SR Wis.- Milwaukee 57.81 57.76 17
r:+0.76 27.17 57.76 (30.59)
3 Reaney, Emma JR Notre Dame 58.08 57.79 16
r:+0.70 27.31 57.79 (30.48)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 306
2. Stanford 249
3. California 209
4. Texas A&M 182.5
5. USC 155.
6. Tennessee 137
7. Florida 125
8. Arizona 80
9. Texas 66
10. Minnesota 56.5

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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