Hansson, McSharry, and Renshaw Crack Own National Records in 100 Breast Semis

2021 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: 1:02.36 – MEILUTYTE Ruta (LTU) 12 OCT 2013 / ATKINSON Alia (JAM) 6 DEC 2014 / 26 AUG 2016
  • Championship Record: 1:02.36 – ATKINSON Alia (JAM) 6 DEC 2014
  • World Junior Record: 1:02.36 – MEILUTYTE Ruta (LTU) 12 OCT 2013

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Qianting Tang (CHN) – 1:03.99
  2. Sophie Hansson (SWE) – 1:04.17
  3. Mona McSharry (IRL) – 1:04.22
  4. Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 1:04.26
  5. Nika Godun (RSF) – 1:04.34
  6. Molly Renshaw (GBR) – 1:04.43
  7. Kotryna Teterevkova (LTU) – 1:04.54
  8. Emily Escobedo (USA) – 1:04.81

In addition to 17-year-old Qianting Tang‘s Asian Record in semifinals of the women’s 100 breast in Abu Dhabi, there was a flurry of national records. Let’s start with Sweden’s Sophie Hansson, who posted the 2nd-fastest time of the night with a 1:04.17. The swim took down her own Swedish Record of 1:04.44, which she had just established on November 24, at the Swedish Champs. Here is a split comparison between Hansson’s previous record, and her swim today:

Split Sophie Hansson 2021 SC World Champs (New Swedish Record) Sophie Hansson 2021 Swedish Champs (Previous Swedish Record)
1st 50 30.39 30.52
2nd 50 33.78 33.92
Final Time 1:04.17 1:04.44

Hansson made improvement on both halves of the race, splitting 0.13 seconds faster on the opening 50, and 0.14 seconds faster on the 2nd 50.

Mona McSharry, who competes collegiately for the University of Tennessee, also clocked a new national record. McSharry came in 3rd tonight with a 1:04.22, clipping the previous Irish Record of 1:04.36, which McSharry held from the 2019 SC World Champs. Here is McSharry’s split comparison between the previous record swim, and her performance tonight:

Split Mona McSharry 2021 SC World Champs (New Irish Record) Mona McSharry 2019 SC World Champs (Previous Irish Record)
1st 50 30.17 30.16
2nd 50 34.05 34.20
Final Time 1:04.22 1:04.36

McSharry made her improvement on the back half of the race, splitting 0.01 seconds slower on the opening 50, but coming home 0.15 seconds faster.

Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw swam a 1:04.43 for 6th tonight, advancing to finals. Renshaw’s swim was also a British Record, and as was the case with Hansson and McSharry, Renshaw was the previous record holder. The previous record was held at 1:04.73, a time which Renshaw swam during last year’s ISL season.

Split Molly Renshaw 2021 SC World Champs (New British Record) Molly Renshaw November 2020 (Previous British Record
1st 50 30.54 30.84
2nd 50 33.89 33.89
Final Time 1:04.43 1:04.73

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1 year ago

The hansson sisters are incredible!