Hannah Stevens, a rising senior at the University of Missouri, just became the 10th-fastest American female 100 backstroker in history.
Swimming at the UMiz Invite (results on Meet Mobile), Stevens popped a 59.40 to win the 100 back. She was well ahead of her Tiger teammate Nadine Laemmler (1:01.87), who touched 2nd. Stevens took a couple of tenths off of her previous best 59.67 from June of 2016, as this marks her fifth time under the 1:00 barrier.
Stevens split 29.14 going out, then came home in a 30.26 to register her final time of 59.40. She also went 2:10.91 to win the 200 back, taking nearly two seconds off of her previous best 2:12.90 from July of 2015. While her 200 back won’t make the top 25 list this season, her 59.40 sits 5th in the world.
That 59.43 from Ali Deloof had her ranked tenth in American history in the event– Stevens’ time just knocks Deloof out of the top ten. The two of them will be among a contingent of American backstrokers trying to get onto the U.S. team heading to Budapest this summer.
Top U.S. Performers (100 Back)