Breeden Sets the Standard Again, Wins 200 Fly at U.S. Open
Aug. 4, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, WA-- Stanford's Elaine Breeden notched another win in the butterfly, winning the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Open Swim Championships on Day One.
Breeden (Lexington, KY) posted the fastest preliminary time of 2:10.86 in the morning session, before beating Andrea Taylor by a second and a half in the Finals, touching the wall with a time of 2:08.07. The 2008 Olympian has twice won the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships, is a three-time Pac-10 Champion in the same event and overall has been named an All-American in each of her six butterfly events while on The Farm.
Liz Smith also earned a medal, finishing third with a personal-best of 2:27.60, behind course-record setter Kaitlin Freeman (2:22.51). Smith (Ballwin, MO) twice broke her best mark in the 200-meter breaststroke, racing 2:28.24 in the preliminaries, before bettering the mark by seven-tenths of a second later in the day. Her best of 2:29.45 was seventh entering the meet.
Kerry Kraemer (Burnsville, MN) finished second in the “C” Finals of the 200-meter breaststroke (2:33.08), while teammate Jamie Bruce (Wichita, KS) was seventh (2:35.72). In the 800 freestyle, Angela Duckworth was 17th (8:53.03) and Whitney Spence was 30th (9:04.32).
The five-day meet continues through Saturday, with the 400 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 free relay set to go on Wednesday. Ten Cardinal on the women's side are slated to race throughout the meet.