2019 MISSION VIEJO SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Dressel swam a 51.98 in prelims, which makes him the top qualifier by half-a-second in the race. USC-trained Kazakhstan swimmer Adilbek Mussin was 2nd in 52.42, and Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields was 3rd in 52.45.
For Dressel, that broke Shields’ 2016 Meet Record of 52.15. For the runner-up Mussin, that breaks his own Kazakhstani Record of 52.95 by half-a-second.
In prelims of the three-round women’s 50 fly, Trojan rising senior Louise Hansson broke a Meet Record of her own with a 26.44 in the women’s 50 fly. Kendyl Stewart had the old record in 26.45, and while she’s at the meet, she didn’t swim this 50.
In the women’s 100 fly, Hansson swam 57.97. After swimming the fastest 100 yard fly in history at NCAAs in March, she’s turned a corner in long course. She’s now been sub-58 at 3 separate meets this season. Her best time coming into 2019 was 57.99.
Dressel was the top qualifier in the men’s 50 fly as well in 23.81.
Other Prelims Highlights:
- Breeja Larson swam 1:07.55 to qualify 1st, ahead of Annie Lazor (1:08.58) and Ye Shiwen (1:09.76), in the women’s 100 breaststroke. For Larson, who was on the 2012 Olympic Team, that’s her best time since 2017. She hasn’t been under 1:07 since 2014.
- Ali DeLoof qualified 1st in the women’s 100 back in 1:01.54, while short course record holder Beata Nelson qualified 2nd in 1:02.40. Nelson swam a best time in the 100 free earlier in the meet.
- China’s Xu Jiayu qualified 1st in 55.35.
- Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin qualified 1st in the men’s 100 breaststroke in a 1:01.40. That’s 4-tenths short of breaking the Meet Record.