Soni Smashes American Record In 100m Breast

July 9, 2009

Recent USC graduate Rebecca Soni broke the American record in the 100m breaststroke and became the second-fastest woman ever in the event at the 2009 U.S. World Championships Trials on Thursday (July 9) in Indianapolis.

Soni's win clinches a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, July 26 through Aug. 2.

Soni, who won silver in the 100m breast at the 2008 Olympics in addition to her gold over 200 meters, claimed first on Thursday in 1:05.34, tying Leisel Jones' third-fastest time ever in the race. Jones, the world record holder in the event at 1:05.09, had previously owned the 10 fastest times in the event. Soni, whose previous best time was 1:06.73 at the 2008 Olympics, leapfrogged seven swimmers on the all-time fastest list, including previous American record holder Jessica Hardy (1:06.20). Soni's time is the fastest in the world this year.

Kasey Carlson finished second to Soni in 1:06.54 while Trojan Club swimmer Keri Hehn finished third (1:06.71).

Soni, the world record holder in the 200m breast, will compete in the event on Saturday.

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