Candie Johnson Qualifies For The U.s. Olympic Trials

March 13, 1991|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,Staff writer

Candie Johnson earned a place in Carroll swimming history last weekend when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, slated for a year from now in Indianapolis.

Competing in a meet at Towson State University in Baltimore County, Johnson swam the 50-meter freestyle in 23.25, good enough for a spot in the Olympic Trials.

Johnson's time last weekend would have ranked her as the third-fastest time in that event for girls 18-under.

The Westminster High sophomore also earned a spot in the Senior National Meet in April in Seattle in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

She completed the 100 in 51.05 seconds and is within one second of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in that event.

Johnson's mother, Barbara, said her daughter's performance

at Towson is impressive because thatpool is 25 yards long. Most of the nation's top swimmers compete in 25-meter pools, her mother said.

Swimming for the Retriever Swim Club at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Johnson also earned a spot in the Junior Nationals in four events.

The Junior Nationals is open to top swimmers 18-under who don't qualify for the Senior Nationals in a particular event.

Her Junior National qualifying events were the 100 butterfly (57.78 seconds), 100 breast stroke (1:07.68), 200 freestyle (1:54.48) and 200 individual medley (2:08.91). All times except those in the 100 butterfly were Johnson's personal bests, and the 50 and 100 freestyle performances broke her own state records, making her Maryland's fastest sprint swimmer ever.

Johnson will not swim competitively until the Senior Nationals, her mother said.

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