2018 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – MESA
- Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15
- Skyline Aquatic Center, Mesa, AZ
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2018 NCAA champion Louise Hansson kicked her long course season off with a bang this morning, registering a new personal best time of 58.12 in the women’s 100 fly at the TYR Pro Series in Mesa.
Hansson, swimming in her sophomore season at USC, won the 100 fly at NCAAs in March in a time of 49.80, becoming the 2nd fastest performer of all-time behind only Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell) who holds the all-time record at 49.43. Dahlia won the 100 fly in Mesa tonight in a time of 58.09, while Hansson was 2nd in 58.62.
The 21-year-old Swede’s morning swim drops her personal best by just over a tenth, with her previous best being 58.23 from last summer. Going a best time in April (not to mention in outdoor conditions), along with her improvement in the NCAA season (dropping nearly six tenths from her freshman year), Hansson figures to be a major player at the European Championships this summer and provide a formidable 1-2 punch with countrywoman Sarah Sjostrom.
Sjostrom leads the world rankings this year at 56.35, but there is no clear cut #2 in terms of Europeans so far this year and Hansson looks like she could be the one. Coming so close to Dahlia both in SCY and at this meet, it’s not far fetched to believe she can get into the 56s (Dahlia’s best is 56.37), and become Sweden’s next great butterflier.
Last summer Hansson narrowly missed the semi-finals at the World Championships, going 58.86, but she was impressive on the international stage in December, placing 4th at the SC European Championships.