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Former Vol Molly Hannis headed to Rio

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(KNOXVILLE) Former Vol Molly Hannis is Rio-bound after placing second in the women's 200m breaststroke finals Friday night.

"It's an amazing feeling. I can't put it into words... I'm speechless," Hannis said.

Hannis said she was confident going into the 200m after falling short earlier in the 100m breaststroke finals.

"Going into the race I wanted to stick to my race plan," Hannis said.  "I'm really excited that it worked out."

Hannis had faith in her ability to outperform other swimmers  in the second half of the competition paid off as she passed two swimmers-- nearly catching winner Lilly King.

King, an Indiana sophomore who won the 100m breaststroke, took first with a time of 2:24:08.

“Sometimes in the past, Molly’s misspent that energy late, but it was directed and it was focused,” Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. “She was really competitive and lined up for a great finish. It’s a meet where second is every bit as good as first.”

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