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PALO ALTO, California, August 6. LONGHORN's Brendan Hansen dominated the men's 200 breast championship heat en route to a breaststroke title sweep at the USA Swimming Long Course Nationals.
Hansen won by more than two seconds with a scorching time of 2:10.59. That swim pushed him to 13th in the world rankings, and second among Americans behind Eric Shanteau's 2:09.28 from the FINA World Long Course Championships last week. Hansen added this win to his 100 breast title-winning time of 1:00.08 to put himself back on the map after starting his comeback bid earlier this year.
Longhorn teammate Eric Friedland finished second in 2:12.91, while Tucson Ford's Clark Burckle earned third in 2:13.08. California's Sean Mahoney, who served a six-month doping back in the last year, tied for third with a 2:13.08.
Stanford's Bernard Johnson (2:13.29) and Curtis Lovelace (2:14.26) placed fifth and sixth, while Peoria Area's Matt Elliott (2:14.37), Trojan's John Criste (2:14.41), Auburn's Adam Klein (2:14.64) and Marin Pirates' Scott Weltz (2:15.44) also competed in the big final.
California's Trevor Hoyt downed Sandpiper's Cody Miller, 2:13.55 to 2:13.72, in the B final. Meanwhile, William Harris claimed the C final heat with a 2:15.10.