MISSION VIEJO, California, April 26. JESSICA Hardy took down a 1989 pool record set by Dara Torres in the women's 50 free to highlight the third night of swimming at the TYR Swim Meet of Champions.
Dana Vollmer began the evening with a victory in the women's 200 free when she clocked a 1:59.50 to claim a nearly two-second win over Erin Reilly (2:01.28). Larsen Jensen followed in the men's race with a similar margin of victory when he downed Zoltan Povazsay, 1:51.50 to 1:53.10.
Rebecca Soni smashed her pool record with a time of 2:25.33 in the women's 200 breast. That time eclipsed her previous record of 2:27.10 set last year. John Criste then defeated Cheyne Bloch, 2:17.69 to 2:19.01, in the men's 200 breast.
Another pool record tumbled as Hardy continued to show her versatility with a time of 24.88 in the women's 50 free. That time wiped out a nearly 20-year-old record of 25.61 set by Torres back in 1989. The swim also finished just shy of Torres' American standard of 24.53.
Jason Lezak was equally as impressive in the men's 50 free. He clocked a time of 22.18 to lower his own 2003 pool standard of 22.48. He also finished a bit off the American record of 21.76 set by Gary Hall Jr. back in 2000.
Lyndsay De Paul walked away with the women's 400 IM title in 4:51.48, while Fran Crippen snagged the men's 400 IM crown in 4:25.11.