Larson upsets Soni, Hardy in 100m breaststroke, Wanland 8th

Posted-June 27th, 2012 10:01 pm

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Breeja Larson's face said it all. First she looked confused, then startled and finally shocked.

The Texas A&M sophomore had just out-touched world champion Rebecca Soni to win the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and earn herself a ticket to London.

Larson won in 1 minute, 5.92 seconds Wednesday night, with Soni closing quickly in 1:05.99 to take the second spot on the U.S. team.

Jessica Hardy missed out by finishing third in 1:06.53.

Larson, who didn't start swimming competitively until 17, pulled off the night's biggest upset in her first time at trials. Soni and Hardy, who both train at Southern California, had been expected to claim both Olympic berths.

University of Wisconsin senior Ashley Wanland, swimming in lane 6, had one of the best qualifying, touched the wall last to finish 8th. Wanland will compete Friday in the 200m breaststroke.

(Copyright Associated Press)

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