Sarah Denninghoff wins second title
IRVINE, Calif. -- Sarah Denninghoff won the 100-meter backstroke Friday night for her second victory in three days in the U.S. Open.
Denninghoff, from Tucson, Ariz., finished in 1 minute, 0.04 seconds at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center. She won the 200 backstroke on Wednesday night.
"This has been a great week for me," Denninghoff said. "(The 100) is a fast race so I just put my head back and went. I'm really grateful for my coaches, my family and my teammates. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without all of them."
Hayley Baker of Australia was second in 1:00.86, followed by Clara Smiddy of Miami in 1:01.06.
Kiera Janzen of White Bear Lake, Minn., won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.28. Sarah Henry of Garner, N.C., was second in 1:58.89, and Australia's Kelly Stubbins third at 1:59.25.
In the men's 100 breaststroke, Mike Alexandrov of Champaign, Ill., led from start to finish, winning in 1:00.49. Brad Craig of Midland, Mich., followed in 1:00.70, and Cody Miller of Las Vegas was third at 1:00.82.
South Africa's Sebastien Rousseau won the men's 200 free in 1:48.51. Countryman Darian Townsend was second in 1:48.80, and Israel's Tom Kremer followed in 1:48.93.
In the women's 100 breaststroke, Leiston Pickett of Australia won in 1:07.19, the 10th best time in the world this year. Lorna Tonks of Australia was second in 1:07.56, and Emma Reaney of Lawrence, Kan., finished third in 1:08.08.
Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin took the men's 100 backstroke in 53.06. Ryan Murphy of Jacksonville, Fla., was second in 53.62, and Nick Thoman of Cincinnati followed in 53.65.