Indiana’s Leila Vaziri breaks American record

Late Tuesday night, after the deadline for Wednesday’s H-T, I received an e-mail from former IU swimming media relations czar Jason Marstellar reporting that Indiana’s Leila Vaziri had broken the American record in the 50 backstroke.

Vaziri, a senior who finished her collegiate career this month, broke the record Wednesday at the World Championships in Australia, clocking 28.25 in a preliminary heat to break the record of 28.30 that Natalie Coughlin had set one day earlier.

For more about Vaziri’s record-breaking swim, click here to read a story at, where Marstellar is now managing editor.


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