Molly Hannis Becomes 7th Woman Under 30 in 50 Meter Breaststroke


American swimmer Molly Hannis moved to 4th in the all-time rankings in the 50 long course meters breaststroke on Saturday evening in Austin. She ranks now behind only Lilly King, Ruta Meilutyte, and Yulia Efimova on the all-time rankings in the event after a 29.71 to win the first-ever Pro Swim Series title in the shootout version of the event.

What makes Hannis’ swim so incredible is that it came at the end of a session where she swam three 50 breaststrokes consecutively. She played her hand perfectly, swimming 30.27 in the round of 8 for a new Meet Record, then a 30.35 in the semi-finals, and then her coup d’état in the final round to beat the Worlds bronze medalist in the event Katie Meili.

Hannis’ previous best was a 30.19 that she swam in June in Charlotte that had her ranked 12th all-time.

This is a follow-up to an early December swim where Hannis swam 56.64 in the 100 yard breaststroke, which was the 2nd-fastest swim in history in that event.

Hannis’ swim is also the 9th-fastest performance in history.

All-Time Fastest Performers, Women’s 50 LCM Breaststroke

  1. Lilly King, USA – 29.40
  2. Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania – 29.48
  3. Yulia Efimova, Russia – 29.52
  4. Molly Hannis, USA – 29.71
  5. Jessica Hardy, USA – 29.80
  6. Breeja Larson, USA – 29.95
  7. Katie Meili, USA – 29.99
  8. Jennie Johansson, Sweden – 30.05
  9. Rebecca Soni, USA – 30.11 (TIE)
  10. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica – 30.11 (TIE)


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6 of top 10 are americans, 4 are active

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I hadn’t realized both Meili and Larson had gone under 30. Thats quite a big list and more than half are American. So much for not taking these events seriously.

Molly looked amazing tonight!

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