Hannah Stevens Becomes 10th-Best U.S. Performer with 59.40 100 Back

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.

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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)

1 58.33 Missy Franklin London GBR 7/28/12 Final
2 58.75 Kathleen Baker Rio BRA 8/8/16 Final
3 58.94 Natalie Coughlin Beijing CHN 8/9/08
4 58.95 Olivia Smoliga Rio BRA 8/8/16 Final
5 59.10 Rachel Bootsma Omaha USA 6/25/12 Semi
6 59.11 Hayley McGregory Minneapolis USA 7/29/08 Prelim
7 59.21 Margaret Hoelzer Omaha USA 6/29/08 Final
8 59.27 Elizabeth Pelton Indianapolis USA 6/25/13 Prelim
9 59.37 Amy Bilquist Omaha USA 6/28/16 Final
10 59.40 Hannah Stevens Columbia USA 4/29/17 Final
11 59.43 Ali Deloof Mesa USA 4/15/17 Final

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Backstroke revolution in Usa


Ongoing revolution since about 2000


Really picking up now with 6 people below 1:00 in just one year

bobo gigi

USA is a great backstroke industry for a while now. Especially on the men’s side.


A lot of girls will be fighting for those 2 spots and even the 50 back spot.


For this summer, US will take swimmers in this priority: 1) top 4 at relays events / top finisher at Olympics events 2) second finisher at Olympics events 3) top finisher at non-Olympics events 4/5) fifth and sixth swimmer at relays events No mention of second finisher of non-Olympics events, I guess they won’t bring them coz the maximum 26 rule. For someone who made the team in others events(Olympics events) might be able to fill in(non-Olympics events), require the swimmer to reach FINA stadard time of course. I encourage swimmers who wants to qualified in non-Olympics, do the 50 stroke at PSS more. You never know, that qualification time might save you some day. :-p Speaking of which, Swimswam… Read more »


without looking at the results, I remember that a few did strokes during the 50 free, those times do only count as freestyle times.

At other world champs they have used someone already on the team for the 50 event. Some years it has been a person doing the 50 & 200 f a stroke, so I agree that it can benefit someone to do the 50 stroke at some other meet just to try to go under the FINA A cut.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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