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IRVINE, California, August 5. THE third day of preliminary competition is complete at the 2010 U.S. Long Course Nationals.
Women's 100 breast
This evening could feature an incredibly fast center two lanes as Trojan Swim Club teammates Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy do battle for supremacy. Soni (1:06.53) and Hardy (1:06.90) checked in with easy speed sub 1:07s to take the top two qualification spots into the finale. Soni has been faster this year with a second-ranked 1:05.90, while Hardy jumped from an eighth-ranked season best of 1:07.72 into fifth in the world. Only three other swimmers have cleared 1:07 this year: Leisel Jones (1:05.79), Yuliya Efimova (1:06.66) and Rikke Moeller Pedersen (1:06.80).
Coming off a strong NCAA outing, Tucson Ford's Annie Chandler earned third with a 1:07.88 to move up to 11th in the world, while Auburn's Micah Lawrence finished fourth in 1:08.31 to grab a top 20 spot.
KING's Megan Jendrick (1:08.49), Nittany Lion's Corrie Clark (1:08.63), Tucson Ford's Amanda Beard (1:08.72) and Trojan's Keri Hehn (1:08.85) all beat 1:09 to make the finale.
Men's 100 fly
A trio of 52 second times went up on the board in the sprint fly, with NBAC's Michael Phelps cruising into the top seed this evening. Phelps clocked a 52.54, just off his 10th-ranked season best of 52.41 from the Charlotte Grand Prix. He will be shooting for the top-ranked time of 51.70 set by Evgeny Korotyshkin at the Russian National Championships.
Auburn's Tyler McGill (52.69) and Ohio State's Tim Phillips (52.78) also broke 53 seconds to move into the top 25 in the world this year.
Athens Bulldog Mark Dylla (53.32), Team Rebel's David Seiler (53.46), Longhorn's Ricky Berens (53.48), California's Tom Shields (53.54) and Longhorn's Aaron Peirsol (53.57) will also vie for the national title this evening.
Women's 50 free
Trojan's Jessica Hardy will have a tough decision to make this evening, as she's already said this morning that she is likely to scratch one of the two events in finals depending on how the morning went. With a strong 100 breast already in hand, she threw down a quick 25.11 to top the women's splash-and-dash qualifying. That time is just off her seventh-ranked season best of 25.09 set at the Austin Grand Prix.
With the scratch deadline complete for both events, Hardy looks to be swimming both events tonight.
FAST's Kara Lynn Joyce turned in a 25.31 to qualify second, while California's Dana Vollmer touched third in 25.36. SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir tied with Vollmer for third with a 25.36, while California's Madison Kennedy (25.56), Tucson Ford's Christine Magnuson (25.61), Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin (25.63) and Stanford's Samantha Woodward (25.68) also picked up spots in the championship finale.
Men's 50 free
In what should be an entertaining finale, California's Nathan Adrian turned in the top seed with a 22.10. He's been a bit faster this year with a fifth-ranked 22.01 and will be looking to crack 22 seconds for the first time this year.
SwimMAC's Josh Schneider (22.22) and Cullen Jones (22.29) finished second and third with times ranked among the top 20, while California's Will Copeland tied Longhorn's Garrett Weber-Gale for fourth with matching 22.38s.
Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers (22.53) and Adam Small (22.57) qualified sixth and seventh, while SwimMAC's Nick Brunelli gave his club three in the championship heat with an eighth-place 22.69.
Schneider, however, swum the 50 free under protest as he had no showed the men's 100 fly earlier in the day. After a hearing, Schneider was ruled to be in violation and his 50 free was disqualified.
Therefore, the top eight is as follows: Adrian (22.10), Jones (22.29), Copeland (22.38), Weber-Gale (22.38), Grevers (22.53), Small (22.57) and Brunelli (22.69) with Longhorn Jimmy Feigen moving up into the top eight with a 22.71.
Women's 400 IM
After a swift run through of the 50 frees, the distance medley slowed down the conclusion of the third day of prelims. The swimming in the water, though, was not slow. California's Caitlin Leverenz raced to the top spot with a 4:36.76 to move to sixth in the world just ahead of Ariana Kukors' seventh-ranked season best of 4:37.63 from the Austin Grand Prix.
Bluefish's Elizabeth Beisel also beat 4:40 with a second-seeded time of 4:39.35 – just off her season best of 4:39.12 that ranks her 10th in the world. FAST's Katie Hoff cruised into the third seed with a 4:40.00, shy of her ninth-ranked season best of 4:38.59 also from Austin.
KING's Andie Taylor (4:42.23) and Germantown's Teresa Crippen (4:43.38) placed fourth and fifth, while Kukors eased through the morning with a sixth-seeded 4:43.61. ASK's Dagny Knutson (4:43.99) and SwimMAC's Justine Mueller (4:45.07) earned the final transfer spots.
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