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Another day at the office

Katie Hoff punched the clock and settled into her office last night to qualify for two more finals at the Missouri Grand Prix.

After winning the 100-meter freestyle and breaking a 19-year-old record on the way to a stunning win in the 400-meter freestyle, Hoff set the pace again in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter IM.

The announcer ran out of platitudes long before Hoff ran out of energy.

In the 200, she blasted off the blocks and quickly settled into a smooth rhythm, opening a lead on the other swimmers, four to her left, three to her right. She finished her two laps at 1:57.57, just a blink off her personal best. Natalie Coughlin, the American record holder, swam in the last heat and clocked a 1:59.04.

Clearly the crowd at the Mizzou Aquatic Center expected more great things from Towson’s Hoff as she lined up for her preliminary in the 400 IM, an event in which she holds the world record.

Halfway through the race, with Hoff below her world pace, fans began chanting, “Go-Go-Go” to match her backstroke.

Hoff eased off a bit to win her heat at 4:32.89, about four seconds off her world mark.

Just another day at the office.

She’ll punch in again today for the finals in both events and compete in the preliminaries for the 200-meter IM and 800 freestyle.

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