COLUMBIA, Mo. — Texas A&M sophomore Breeja Larson became the first collegiate woman to go under 58 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke after going 57.92 during prelims of the Big 12 Championship on Friday.
Larson breaks the NCAA record of 58.06 set by Arizona’s Annie Chandler at the 2010 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
The American record of 57.77 is currently held by U.S. Olympian Tara Kirk. The time was accomplished in Austin on Mar. 4, 2006. Kirk and Larson are the only two women in history to ever go under 58 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke.
“It was an awesome swim without a doubt,” Aggie head swimming coach Steve Bultman said. “She was in a racing suit, but she’s nowhere close to being rested or shaved. She’s a racer. She believes in herself and she believes that she can accomplish anything. She surprised some people today. It surprised me that she did it right now.”
This marks the first time that a Texas A&M swimmer has achieved an official NCAA record.