INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 9. REBECCA Soni of Trojan Swim Club knocked down both the American and U.S. Open record in the women's 100 breast to open up the evening.
Soni checked in with a sterling time of 1:05.34. The effort smashed Jessica Hardy's American record of 1:06.20 set in 2005, and cleared world-record holder Leisel Jones' U.S. Open mark of 1:06.21 also set in 2005. Soni's performance is the fastest in the year this year, beating Yuliya Efimova's time of 1:05.80. She also moved up to second all time behind only Jones' global standard of 1:05.09 set in 2006.
"I just kept my eyes on my own lane the whole time," Soni said. "That was beneficial to me. I was just expecting not to be out front, and I just put my head down and pushed for the best. I think the suit made a bit of a difference, but it's hard to tell."
Terrapins' Kasey Carlson claimed second-place honors in 1:06.54, clipping her personal-best effort of 1:06.66 set during prelims. She also jumped right behind Penny Heyns (1:06.52) into seventh all time.
Soni's teammate from Trojan Swim Club, Keri Hehn, beat her lifetime best but wound up third in 1:06.76. Her previous best came with a 1:06.80 set during prelims as well.