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Hardy's return brings new outlook

Updated: August 16, 2011, 1:50 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

The racing block Jessica Hardy just finished couldn't have been much harder. She swam the last night of world championships in Shanghai on July 31 and the first morning of nationals at Stanford University on Aug. 2, with just 24 hours and the Pacific Ocean in between.

It's an odyssey Hardy might not want to repeat, but she came out of the back-to-back meets with a world title in the 50-meter breaststroke and a national championship in the 100 of the same discipline. Besides, the last ...

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