Breeden Flys Through the Lanes in Emerald City

Aug. 6, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, WA-- Stanford's Elaine Breeden made it 2-for-2 in the butterfly at the U.S. Open Championships, winning the 100-meter butterfly Finals by nearly seven-tenths of a second. Three other Cardinal set personal-bests.

Breeden (Lexington, KY), who won the 200-meter butterfly two days ago, set the course record in the preliminaries (58.18), before pacing the field with a 58.31 Finals time, .65 seconds ahead of Alisa Finn. Cardinal teammate Kelley Hug (Tampa, FL) finished third, posting a personal-best of 59.49. Hug entered the premier race with the seventh-best preliminary time, at 1:00.07, also a personal-best.

Washingtonian Stefanie Sutton (Lake Tapps, WA) won the  “B” Final of the same event, setting a personal-best of 59.29, ahead of Cardinal mate, Sam Woodward (Edmond, OK), who also swam a personal-best of 59.67 for second.

Whitney Spence (San Diego, CA) also made a Final, finishing eighth in the “C” Final of the 400 freestyle (4:23.98), after a time of 4:17.98 in the preliminaries. Angela Duckworth (4:26.33) and Caitlin Reynolds (4:21.81) also swam in the preliminaries, but were unable to advance.

The fourth day of the five-day U.S. Open just outside of Seattle will continue on Friday with the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and backstroke and 800 freestyle relay.

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