Hardy Fourth in 100-meter breaststroke at World Championships

April 9, 2006

SHANGHAI, China - Cal freshman Jessica Hardy finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the FINA Short Course World Championships, Saturday. The Long Beach, Calif., native missed the bronze medal by five-tenths of a second, finishing in a time of 1:06.13 at Qizhong Stadium.

Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (USA) won the event and set a new championship record in 1:05.25. Kirk holds the world record of 1:04.79 in the event. Hardy was seeded third going into the finals, while Kirk was the top seed.

Hardy won the bronze in the 50m breaststroke Thursday. At the 2006 NCAA Championships in March, she claimed the 100-yard breaststroke title.

Hardy is a former world record holder in the 100m breaststroke. 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 50m breaststroke at that meet.

The World Championships concluded Sunday. For more information about the meet, visit www.usaswimming.org.

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