LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Hannah Stevens Moves To Fifth In World In 100 Back

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Hannah Stevens, a rising senior at the University of Missouri. Stevens posted the fifth fastest time in the world this year in the 100 backstroke, touching in 59.40 at the UMiz Invite to win the event and make her the fastest American so far this year.

The rising senior split the race well, going out in 29.14 and coming back in 30.26. Her time was a personal best, knocking a few tenths off of her old best time of 59.67 from just under a year ago. While the time itself is impressive, what may be more remarkable is the fact that Stevens was likely unrested for her swim. That vaults her among the contenders qualify for this summer’s World Championship team in what is quickly becoming a loaded United States women’s backstroke field.

Ali DeLoof is now the second-fastest American so far this year with her 59.43 from the Arena Pro Series in Mesa, also her best time, while Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker and rising senior Ally Howe are coming off of record breaking NCAA seasons. Both women went under Natalie Coughlin’s historic 100-yard backstroke record this season, with Baker claiming the NCAA title and Howe finishing the season with the NCAA and American record (49.69). Olivia Smoliga finished just behind at 50.04. Stevens, for her part, was third at NCAA’s this year in what was the most competitive 100 back final in recent memory.

Congratulations Hannah Stevens on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

Special Thanks to LumaLanes for sponsoring Swimming World’s Performance of the Week.

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