Stanford graduate Elaine Breeden didn't get a chance to swim for a medal at the recent FINA World Championships in China, but she will have that opportunity on Tuesday night on the first day of the 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center at 6 p.m.
Breeden qualified third for the finals of the women's 100-meter butterfly (59.04) and will take on recently crowned world champ Dana Vollmer, the top qualifier at 57.68. Stanford's Felicia Lee (59.70) also made the final, which is taking the top 10 qualifiers.
Palo Alto High senior Jasmine Tosky, who earned a gold medal on the 800 free relay team at the World Championships in Shanghai, China, finished a disappointing 29th (1:00.62) in the prelims.
In the men's 400 free prelims, Charlie Houchin raced to the top seed with a 3:48.03, while Matt McLean took second in 3:49.53.
In the women's 200 IM, Katie Hoff nearly posted a season best as she led qualifiers with a 2:11.68, just back from her stint at the World Championships in Shanghai. Elizabeth Beisel, another world teamer, took second in 2:11.85 while Stanford grad Julia Smit (2:13.33) was fourth and current Cardinal Maya DiRado (2:13.91) was fifth. Tosky just finished out of the money, taking 11th in 2:15.74 to lead the B finalists.
In the men's 100 breast prelims, Olympian Brendan Hansen announced he is truly back in the saddle, and potentially America's premier breaststroker again, with a scorching time of 1:00.17. That swim put him No. 9 in the world this year, and ahead of all other U.S. breaststrokers. Mark Gangloff (1:00.19) was the only other U.S. breaststroker in the world's top 25 with his time from the World Championships.
Stanford grad John Criste (1:01.50) of the Trojan Swim Club was fifth (1:01.5) while Stanford's Bernard Johnson (1:02.13) and Curtis Lovelace (1:02.14) picked up the big finale lanes.
Ryan Lochte, just coming back from an epic meet at the World Championships, finished 24th with a 1:02.96.
In the women's 400 free, Ashley Steenvoorden put up the top time in the women's middle distance event with a 4:09.16. Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton, just back from Shanghai, with a second-seeded time of 4:09.36. Stanford's Andi Taylor was 13th in 4:11.37.
In the men's 400 IM, Andrew Gemmell added the IM (4:18.33) to his evening after also qualifying in the 400 free earlier in the morning. Ben Hinshaw of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (4:22.12) also earned a berth in the finals.