Hardy Wins Bronze at World Championships

April 6, 2006

Cal freshman Jessica Hardy earned the bronze medal in the 50-meter breaststroke, Thursday, at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Shanghai, China. Hardy clocked a 30.48 to take third at Qizhong Stadium.

'It's always a blast to medal at international meets,' Hardy said. 'It was exciting to get on the blocks tonight and get the first race jitters out of the way. I'm happy with medaling, and pleased with my time. I'm excited to race tomorrow (in the 100 breast) because now I know what to expect.'

Australia finished 1-2 in the race with world record holder Jade Edmistone winning in 30.22, followed by Olympian Brooke Hanson (30.40). Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (USA) finished just behind Hardy in 30.61.

Hardy, who recently won the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2006 NCAA Championships, will also compete in the 100 breast. Hardy is a former world record holder in the 100m breast. She set the mark in the semis at the 2005 World Championships before ultimately finishing second in the finals. She also earned a silver medal in the 50 breast at that meet.

More information about the World Championships can be found at www.usaswimming.org.

-CalBears.com-

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