Molly Hannis

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Early Years

Born in Santa Rosa, California on March 13, 1992, Molly Hannis comes from an athletic background  He father swam at Shippensburg University and brother Tyson swims at the University of the Pacific while her other brother, Cory is a diver at Santa Rosa Junior College.

As a high schooler, Hannis held five Santa Rosa records, including swimming the second-fastest high school 100y breast in the country in 2009. She was named a Swimming World Magazine five-star recruit, an was a seven-time NISCA high school All-American in the 100y breast and 200y IM events.  Her 100Y Breast at the NCS Championships, 1:00.19, was the fourth-fastest in high school history.

At the 2008 US Olympic Trials, Hannis finished 23rd in the 100M Breaststroke.

College – University of Tennessee

2011-12 – FRESHMAN

SEC Championships, Hannis won the 100y breast title at the SEC Championships after swimming an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 59.60 seconds, and ended up 28th at NCAA Championships.

2012-13 – SOPHOMORE

At the SEC Championships, Hannis set school records in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, swimming in 58.22 in the 100 and 2:08.78 in the 200. She became first Lady Vol to swim under 2:10 in the 200 breaststroke and briefly held the SEC record in the event after the morning prelim session. She took silver in the 100 breaststroke.

At the NCAA Championships, Hannis placed ninth in 100 breast (58.84) and 13th in the 200 breast with time of 2:09.40.

2013 – 2014 JUNIOR

At the SEC Championships, Hannis won her second straight silver medal in the 100 Breast, tying her own UT record and career-high in the process (58.22).

At the NCAA Championships, Hannis placed 6th in the 100 breaststroke, and 13th in the 200 breaststroke.

2014-15 – SENIOR

Hannis won silver in the 100 breaststroke for the third consecutive season, finishing in 59.01 seconds. She medaled in the event all four years of her career, taking gold as a freshman in Knoxville. She also took second in the 200 breaststroke, the first time medaling in her career in that event. She was part of the 4×50 Medley Relay and 4X100 Medley Relay that won gold.

At the 2014-2015 NCAA Championships, Hannis placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 Breaststroke.

2016 US Olympic Trials
Hannis punched her ticket to Rio by finishing second in the 200M Breaststroke.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 100 Breast 58.22 02/18/14 2014 SEC Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 200 Breast 2:06.98 12/06/14 2014 US Winter Nationals
Greensboro, North Carolina
lcm 50 Breast 30.54 11/07/15 2015 FINA World Cup
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
lcm 100 Breast 1:06.16 03/04/16 2016 Southern Premier
Knoxville, Tennessee
lcm 200 Breast 2:24.39 07/01/16 2016 US Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
Molly Hannis (photo: Mike Lewis) University of Tennessee post grads and event-winners Molly Hannis, Brad Craig, and Kate Ziegler Molly Hannis waiving as she steps on the podium, with Alia Atkinson looking on. Molly Hannis, Bolzano (courtesy of rafael domeyko, rafaeldomeyko.com)