Molly Hannis Swims Stellar 1:05 in 100 Breast Prelims; Moves To Third In World Rankings

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Tennessee’s Molly Hannis had the fastest 100 breast of the heats on Friday morning in Irvine with a 1:05.78. Hannis is over a second ahead of the rest of the field as she swam the third fastest 100 breast of 2018. Hannis sits behind Yulia Efimova (1:04.98) and Lilly King (1:05.61) in the world rankings thus far this year.

Hannis is ahead of some pretty good competition in King (1:06.98) and Micah Sumrall (1:06.92), as well as Olympians Katie Meili (1:07.71) and Breeja Larson (1:08.01).

King is not on the Pan Pac team yet as the 100 is her last chance to snag a spot on the plane to Tokyo.

Bethany Galat (1:08.13) is already on the team by virtue of her second place 200 breaststroke. She is the sixth seed tonight.

Riley Scott (1:08.15) and Jorie Caneta (1:08.16) are the last two swimmers in the A-Final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 1:04.98
  2. Lilly King, USA, 1:05.61
  3. Molly Hannis, USA, 1:05.78
  4. Reona Aoki, JPN, 1:05.90
  5. Tatjana Schoenmaker, RSA, 1:06.41
  6. Katie Meili, USA, 1:06.49
  7. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 1:06.52
  8. Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 1:06.60

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