32-Year-Old Danielle Herrmann Breaks 1:10 in 100 BR for 1st Time at U.S. Nats


Clovis Swim Club’s Danielle Hermann, 32, improved for just the second time in the last four years in the 100 breast Saturday morning at the 2019 U.S. National Championships, but it was a breakthrough swim.

After going 1:10.53 in May 2015, Hermann dropped .01 seconds in January of this year, going 1:10.52 at the 2019 Pro Swim Series stop in Nashville. Saturday morning, she broke 1:10, going 1:09.87 for 21st place overall, and splitting 32.09/37.78.

The University of Kansas alum (class of 2009), swam at the 2016 Olympic Trials when she was 28 and finished 78th overall in the 100 breast (her only event at that meet) in 1:11.81. According to an article released by Kansas Athletics, she was working as a clinical pharmacist and thinking of retiring at the end of that year.

Herrmann also swam at the 2012 edition of the meet and finished 107th in 1:12.87. Her best time from the 2016-2017 season was 1:11.04; she did not log a single long course race the following season, but competed in short course yards (including at the 2017 U.S. Winter National Championships), hitting multiple sub-1:00 100 breast performances. In March 2019, Herrmann dropped in the short course event for the first time in five years, going sub-59 for the first time at 58.71.

While she’s not a contender (yet) ar the top of the U.S. ranks, Hermann’s trajectory is similar to that of 30-year-old breastroker on the men’s side Brandon Fischer, who’s vying this week to stay among the top six American men this season and get on the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team after breaking 1:00 in June (59.86). He graduated from college in 2012 and was a semifinalist in the 100 breast at 2016 Trials.

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4 years ago

Way to go Danielle

Phelps swims 200 breast rio
4 years ago

Such a great accomplishment! Congrats!

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

You go girl!

4 years ago

Loved her smile at the end

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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