FEDERAL WAY, Washington, August 6. WHILE Jessica Hardy's world record in time trials easily stole the show today, Stanford's Elaine Breeden claimed a meet record in the standard part of the schedule during the U.S. Open.
reported Hardy broke the women's 50 breast world record with a 29.95 split during a 100 breast time trial.
After setting the meet record with a 58.18 during prelims, Breeden returned for the win in the evening with a 58.31 in the women's 100 fly. Wildcat's Alisa Finn also broke 59 seconds to place second in 58.96. Tampa Y's Kelley Hug finished third overall in 59.49 with Tucson-based Whitney Myers (59.55) and Whitney Lopus (59.78) taking fourth and fifth.
Luca Mazzurana, swimming unattached, turned on the afterburners to claim the men's 100 fly title in 52.78. He clocked a 28.00 coming home after turning fourth with a 24.78. Montgomery Y's Woody Joye took second in 52.98 with Longhorn's James Feigen fading to third with a 53.04 after turning in first with a 24.36. Italy's Lorenzo Benatti won the B final with a notable 53.00.
Longhorn's Amber McDermott cruised through the women's 400 free to a winning time of 4:08.18, while Scarlet's Ashley Steenvoorden wound up second in 4:10.14. Tucson Ford's Leone Vorster completed the podium with a third-place 4:10.93, edging La Mirada's Samantha Shellem (4:10.98).
In a barn-burner for the men's 400 free title, Mission's Chad La Tourette overtook France's Sebastien Rouault down the final 50 meters, 3:48.26 to 3:48.39. La Tourette clocked a final 50 in 27.25 as Rouault finished the swim in 27.43. Longhorn's Michael Klueh cleared 3:50 to pick up third-place honors in 3:49.35.
Tucson Ford's Jack Brown, Adam Ritter, A.J. Tipton and Austen Thompson won the men's 800 free relay in 7:18.82.