ATLANTA, Georgia, December 2. IT took a bit of extra effort to win the women's 100 breast, but Rebecca Soni had enough in the take to overtake the sprinting Jessica Hardy for the title at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals.
Hardy jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold off Soni as the two-time Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year beat Hardy, 1:05.83 to 1:06.55, at the finish. That swim gave Soni the top eight times in the world this year, and it tied for sixth in the performance lists. Hardy, meanwhile, posted her fourth-best time of the year as she has been a second-ranked 1:05.90 earlier in the year. Yuliya Efimova wound up taking third in the battle of the heavyweights with a 1:07.64
Martha McCabe (1:08.30), Amanda Beard (1:08.31), Tera Van Beilen (1:08.31), Annie Chandler (1:08.73), Micah Lawrence (1:09.30), Gisselle Kohoyda (1:09.96) and Haylee Johnson (1:09.97) posted the other top 10 times in the A final.
Katy Freeman won the B final in 1:09.27, while Andrea Kropp touched second in 1:10.48. Jennifer Wilson (1:10.49), Sarah Haase (1:10.58), Annamay Pierse (1:11.06), Erla Haraldsdottir (1:11.07), Patricia Burchell (1:11.59), Annie Zhu (1:11.66), Ashley Danner (1:11.78) and Helena Pikhartova (1:12.15) placed third through 10th in the heat.
Alia Atkinson cruised to the C final win in 1:08.86 after a bad morning swim, while Lysi Halkides finished second in 1:10.87. Darcie Anderson (1:11.29), Elizabeth Roberts (1:11.52), Fiona Doyle (1:11.78), Kirsten Trammell (1:12.04), Raminta Dvariskyte (1:12.21), Samantha Pochowski (1:12.29), Karie Haglund (1:12.45) and Alicia Jensen (1:12.63) also competed in the bonus heat.