Jessica Hardy doubled up yesterday to win the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. She talked about taking out her 100 breaststroke at a very relaxed, slow pace for her.
As reported by SwimSwam contributor Christine Wixted:
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST
Hello outside smoke. Jessica Hardy was all by herself in this race in lane one and was more than pleased with the result. “For this time of the year, I’m more than grateful to be able to get under 1:07″. What’s even more important than the time for Hardy is that even though training at this point in the season is tiring, she’s having fun. Micah Lawrence was the top seed going into tonight and came out with a second place finish with a great time, touching in at a 1:07.58, also bettering her time from Mesa like Hardy. There was a tie for third with Katie Meili and Emily McClellan, both touching at 1:08.77s. Molly Hannis had great first half speed but faded to fifth with a time of 1:09.15. Lilly King wasn’t able to better her impressive time from this morning but garnered a sixth place finish in a 1:09.93. Emma Reaney and Laura Sogar closed out the final, sticking close to their morning times with a 1:10.52 and 1:10.56, respectively.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST
Molly Hannis‘ quick turnover proved useful in this stroke splash and dash, getting her out in front for the first 40 meters. Jessica Hardy came on strong at the end, ultimately winning the race in a time of 31.17, giving her two wins on the night. Hannis grabbed second with a 31.24 while Micah Lawrence finished third with a time of 31.36. Fourth through sixth place was separated by only .36 seconds with Emily McClellan (31.60), Katie Meili (31.89), and Lilly King(31.96). Two Longhorns closed out the sprint with Gretchen Jaques grabbing seventh with a time of 32.65 and Laura Sogar touching eighth in a 33.29.