ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT





Men's 100 Breast Prelims: Hansen Breezes -- July 7, 2004 Brendon Hansen dives in for his breaststroke event at the 2004 Olympic Trials

By John Lohn

LONG BEACH, July 7. SINCE 2000, America has been waiting for its first sub-minute performance in the 100 breast. It may be just around the corner, thanks to the presence of Brendan Hansen, a 13-time NCAA champ out of the University of Texas.

After opening up with a 28.61 split for the first 50 meters, Hansen cruised to the wall, touching in 1:00.83, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. That effort easily outdistanced Scott Usher in the adjacent lane, although Usher qualified second for tonight's semifinals in 1:01.27.

Ed Moses, who shares the American record in the event with Hansen at 1:00.21, took first in his heat, the final race of the prelims, but managed only a time of 1:02.27. Mark Gangloff enters the semifinals as the third seed, behind a prelim effort of 1:01.84.

There's a strong chance the American record is lowered tonight, along with the possibility that Hansen pushes the one-minute barrier. If not tonight, the likelihood certainly grows with tomorrow's championship heat.

The fifth through eighth qualifiers were Dave Denniston (1:02.28), Gary Marshall (1:02.36), Caleb Rowe (1:02.62) and Christian Schurr (1:02.91).

Also qualifying for the semis were Kevin Swander (1:03.28), Matthew Lowe (1:03.33), Phil Davis (1:03.34), Dominick Szabo (1:03.49), Jamie Barone (1:03.63), Scott Gardner (1:03.70), Patrick Fowler (1:03.78) and Jarrod Marrs (1:04.00).

Results: US Olympic Trials