Soni Clinches Second Event For 2009 World Championships

July 13, 2009

Two days after setting the American record in the 100-meter breaststroke, recent USC graduate Rebecca Soni just missed topping her world record in the 200m breast, but was more than fast enough to win the event at the 2009 U.S. World Championships Trials on Saturday (July 11) in Indianapolis.

Soni's pair of wins clinched a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, July 26 through Aug. 2. She will swim both breaststroke events as well as the 400m medley relay.

Incoming Trojan freshman Haley Anderson will join Soni in Rome after finishing second in the 800m free.

Soni, who won silver in the 100m breast at the 2008 Olympics in addition to her gold over 200 meters, won the 200m breast Saturday in 2:20.38, a U.S. Open event record. It was just off her world standard of 2:20.22, which she set during her 2008 gold medal swim.

Trojan club teammate Keri Hehn finished second in 2:23.70. Soni's 2:20.38 is the second-fastest time ever in the race.

Anderson took second in the 800m free in 8:31.66. She also reached the `B' final of the 400m free earlier in the meet.

Other Trojans scheduled to compete at the 2009 World Championships in Rome include former Trojan and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli (Tunisia), senior Zoltan Povazsay and sophomore Katinka Hosszu (both from Hungary), sophomore Ania Kowalczyk (Poland) and incoming freshman Richard Charlesworth (Great Britain).

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