Hardy wins women's 50-meter free; Brunelli pulls upset in men's 50-meter

Updated: July 15, 2007, 12:50 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jessica Hardy won the women's 50-meter freestyle, and Nick Brunelli upset world champion Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner in the men's race Saturday night at the Janet Evans Invitational.

Hardy, who specializes in the sprint breaststroke events, finished first in 25.39 seconds -- .014 seconds ahead of Brooke Bishop. Courtney Cashion was third.

"I don't really like swimming the 200 breast, so I'm taking on more sprint events to keep my coaches from putting me in that," Hardy said. "So far it's working, and I'm dropping time every time I do it."

Brunelli won the men's 50 in 22.49, and Wildman-Tobriner touched in 22.55. South Africa's Roland Schoeman, the 2005 world champion, was third in 22.63.

Brunelli spent the last year recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder, which he injured last summer at the U.S. nationals.

"The shoulder's an afterthought, really," he said. "There's nothing getting in my way now, and that's a good feeling to have."

Rebecca Soni won the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.66 -- more than five seconds ahead of Kerry Buchan of Scotland.

Natalie Coughlin, a five-time Olympic medalist who is experimenting outside of her usual events this weekend, faded to fifth. She won the 400 free Friday night.

Robert McDonald of Australia won the men's 200 breast.

Erin Reilly overtook Olympian Dana Vollmer in the final 20 meters to win the 200 free, touching in 1:59.89 to Vollmer's 1:59.95.

Robbie Renwick of Scotland won the men's 200 free. Olympian Klete Keller was third.

Helen Norfolk of New Zealand won the women's 400 individual medley by more than four seconds, while Scott Lathorpe won the men's race.


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