NCAA Champion Louise Hansson Rocks Into Long Course With New PB


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.

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3 years ago

When the college swimmers attend these meets (not NCAA) , who covers expenses? The school or the swimmer?

Reply to  xman
3 years ago

Many higher level D1 schools will cover 2 post-season meets. Typically Nationals and a Nationals-qualifying meet. I can’t speak for all schools, however.

3 years ago

With this time Louise is qualified for EC lcm

Samuli Hirsi
3 years ago

And young Junevik went 59high in Stockholm last weekend, quite a roster Swedes have

Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
3 years ago

Junevik actually has a sub 59 PB from last year. She has been battling with some injuries this spring so I think she will be better at the Euros. You can start with four ladies in the heats there, but only two can progress to the semifinals. So it will be a battle in the heats between Hansson and Junevik. Junevik is still at her best in the 50 though.

I don’t think you can say Hansson should go sub 57 based on following Worrell in SCY and here. Hansson is clearly good underwater, she has always struggled to translate her SC times to LCM. I’m happy she’s finding a main event however, at one point it was the… Read more »

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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