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Stanford's Breeden, DiRado win bronze medals

 

Olympians and Stanford grads Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit swam for national titles Tuesday at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships being held at Stanford. Neither finished first, but both were competitive.

The same was true for Stanford grad John Criste, now swimming with the Trojan Swim Club, Cardinal sophomores Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee, Stanford senior Curtis Lovelace, grad Ben Johnson and PASA's Ben Hinshaw.

Breeden finished third in the 100 fly, swimming 58.60 to winner Dana Vollmer's 57.26. DiRado was third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.92, behind winner Elisabeth Beisel's 2:10.75. Smit was fifth in 2:13.73. Lee swam 59.58 to finish ninth in the 100 fly

Criste was sixth in the 100 breast in 1:01.36, Lovelace was ninth in 1:01.76 and Johnson placed 10th. Hinshaw was 10th in the 400 IM.

U.S. Olympian Brendan Hansen, who came out of retirement a few months ago, took the 100 breast title in 1:00.08.

"It made me realize I'm glad I came back last December and had not decided to start in September," Hansen said. "There are a lot of people making comebacks, but I feel like I'm actually the one coming back."

The former world recordholder won the U.S. title with the eighth-fastest in the world this year. Hansen beat out Kevin Swander and Marcus Titus to win the championship he last held in 2008.

"My whole goal this summer was to put myself in top 10 in the world," Hansen said.

Hansen retired at age 26 with four Olympic medals after finishing fourth in his best event, the 100 breast, losing his world record and a chance at a medal.

"I have no doubt my best races are in front of me," he said. "This sport is 90 percent neck up and that is clear for me right now. I have to respect the next 10 months and make sure I race as much as I possibly can so I'm more prepared than everyone else."

Beisel turned in a personal best to win the 200 IM just two days after winning the 400 IM at the FINA World Long Course Championships in Shanghai, China. Vollmer was also in Shanghai, where she also won the 100 fly.

"I didn't know how I'd swim," Vollmer said. "I tried to stay hydrated on the flight. I ended up watching like four movies. I didn't really sleep."

Vollmer swam the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

In other events, Matthew McLean won the men's 400 free in 3:47.33, beating Michael Klueh and Charlie Houchin; Ashley Steenvoorden won the women's 400 free in 4:07.63, beating Chloe Sutton and Beisel; and Robert Margalis won the men's 400 IM in 4:15.62, beating Conor Dwyer and Williams Harris.

The Stanford men's 400 free relay 'A' team finished second in 3:19.60.

Palo Alto High senior Jasmine Tosky finished fourth in the Consolation B final (14th overall) of the women's 200 IM with a 2:16.34, well off her qualifying time.

Other local consolation finalists included Stanford's Samantha Woodward (18th in 100 fly in 59.87), Stanford's David Mosko (17th in men's 400 free in 3:55.46), Stanford's Andi Taylor (17th in women's 400 free in 4:12.54) and Stanford's Matt Thompson (14th in men's 400 IM in 4:22.50).

2011 CONOCOPHILLIPS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford

(Prelims at 9 a.m., finals at 6 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3

Women's 100 backstroke

Men's 200 freestyle

Men's 100 backstroke

Women's 200 freestyle

Men's 200 butterfly

Women's 400 freestyle relay

THURSDAY, AUG. 4

Women's 100 breaststroke

Men's 100 butterfly

Women's 50 freestyle

Men's 50 freestyle

Women's 400 IM

Women's 800 freestyle relay

FRIDAY, AUG. 5

Men's 100 freestyle

Women's 200 butterfly

Men's 200 IM

Women's 200 backstroke

Women's 800 free (heats)

Men's 1500 free (heats)

Men's 800 freestyle relay

SATURDAY, AUG. 6

Women's 800 free (final)

Women's 100 freestyle

Men's 200 backstroke

Women's 200 breaststroke

Men's 200 breaststroke

Men's 1500 free (final)

Women's 400 medley relay

Men's 400 medley relay

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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