Reported by James Sutherland.
Hannah Stevens: “I had no idea whatsoever. I looked at the scoreboard and was like ‘no, that’s not possible’ because you see all of these amazing names in the heat and I’m with them – this is amazing.”
WOMEN’S 50 BACK FINALS
- American Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.51, 2015
- U.S. Open Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.51, 2015
LC National Meet Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.68, 2013
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 28.52
- Hannah Stevens, UMIZ, 27.63
- Kathleen Baker, CAL, 27.69
- Ali DeLoof, CW, 27.89
Hannah Stevens of Missouri popped off a 27.63 to win the women’s 50 back, cracking Natalie Coughlin‘s LC National Championship Record which stood at 27.68 from 2013. She misses Coughlin’s American Record by just over a tenth (27.51). Stevens has been knocking on the door for a few years, and after clocking 59.40 earlier this year in the 100 back, has arrived and will be a prime contender in that event as well.
200 back winner Kathleen Baker was just 0.06 behind Stevens in 27.69, a fantastic swim. With such strong showings in the 50 and 200, her 100 tomorrow should be dynamite.
Club Wolverine’s Ali DeLoof went sub-28 again for 3rd in 27.89, and Courtney Caldwell took 4th in 28.16. Grace Ariola‘s 28.43 for 6th secures her spot on the Junior Worlds over Katharine Berkoff (28.66) who was 7th. Caroline Baldwin was disqualified for being completely submerged at the finish.
Haley Hynes (28.50) and Keaton Blovad (28.91) won the B and C-finals.