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Jessica Hardy
Position: Breaststroke/IM
Height: 5'11"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Long Beach Wilson

California: Hardy won NCAA titles in the 100-yard breaststroke at Cal, claiming championships in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, before leaving school for a professional career. A Long Beach product who now resides in Los Angeles, Hardy was a U.S. national team rookie when she set a world record in the 100-meter breast semifinal at the 2005 World Championships. A two-time U.S. champion in the 100 breast (2004 and 2005 summer nationals), Hardy currently holds the world records in the short course 5- and 100 breast, both of which she set in the 2008 World Championships. At the '08 Olympic Trials, she won the 100 breast (1:06.87) and was the runner-up in the 50 free (24.82). Hardy also qualified for the 400 free relay with a fourth-place finish in the 100 free at trials.

NCAA Success
• 2006 100-yard breaststroke champion (1:00.02)
• 2006 NCAA Championships: 200-yard medley relay (fourth), 400 medley relay (third)

Cal Success
• Cal All-Time Performance List: 100-yard breast (1st, 59:51), 200 breast (4th, 2:12.22)
• 2006 Pac-10 Championships: second in 100-yard breast (1:00.15), ninth in 200 breast (2:15.23), seventh in 200 individual medley (2:02.04), 200-medley relay (2nd), 400-medley relay (2nd)

National/International Success
• 2006 Pan Pacific Championships: won gold with U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay (3:58.38); set meet record in 100 breaststroke (1:06.43) to win consolation final
• 2006 Summer National Championships: won gold with U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay (meet record, 4:03.32); took second with U.S. 400-free relay (3:43.19)
• 2006 Janet Evans Invitational: first in 100-meter breast (1:07.32), ninth in 100 free (57.18), 10th in 200 breast (2:34.90), 18th in 50 free (26.74)
• 2006 Short Course World Championships: third in 50-meter breast, fourth in 100 breast; won gold with 4x100 medley relay (swam prelim)
• 2005 FINA World Championships: set a World and American record in the 100-meter breast (1:06.20); earned silver medal in the final
• Member of the 2005 National team
Swimming World Magazine High School Swimmer of the Year (2004, 2005)
• 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 200 IM
• Two-time Los Angeles Times High School Swimmer of the Year

Cal Bears Women's Swimming & Diving