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Hoff Sets U.S. Open Record
The ConocoPhillps USA Swimming National Championships will conclude tomorrow night with finals in the women’s 1500m freestyle.
Katie Hoff (Towson, Md.) notched her second National title of this meet, winning the 200m freestyle in U.S. Open record time. The 2004 Olympian finished in 1:57.57, 96-hundreths ahead of her ‘04 teammate Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas), who was second in 1:58.53. Kate Ziegler (Great Falls, Va.) finished third in 1:58.56.
“I was trying to hold them off,” Hoff said. “I tried to focus. I think I was a little less scared in the 200 because it is more familiar. The 200 free is a good event for me. I just wanted to go out and try to have the best time I could.”
Facing a deep field in the 100m breaststroke, Rebecca Soni earned her second national title this week. Soni out-touched Olympians Tara Kirk (Bremerton, Wash.) and Megan Jendrick, (Puyallup, Wash.) as well as American record-holder Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) on the second lap to finish 1:07.06. Jendrick finished in 1:07.19 for second place while Kirk touched in third at 1:07.35.
Longhorn Aquatics’ Hayley McGregory (Houston, Texas) concluded the women’s individual portion of the evening with her first National title in the 100m back. Her time of 1:00.93 was just one-tenth faster than reigning national champion Leila Vaziri (Coral Springs, Fla.) second-place time of 1:01.03. Indiana native Jennifer Connolly of Purdue took the bronze in 1:01.38.
The 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships will conclude tomorrow with prelims at 9 a.m., and finals at 6 p.m. Finals of all events will be streamed live at www.usaswimming.org. There is no cost for the webcast.
Notes: USA Swimming celebrated, “Make a Splash Day” today, with a series of water-safety themed events. Olympian heroes Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans announced a proclamation by Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, which declared next week (Aug. 5-11) as “Make a Splash Water Safety Week” in Indianapolis. In addition, Gaines and Jim Ellis, subject of the movie PRIDE, were guest speakers to approximately 250 local swimmers.