Towson's Nall places 4th in 100-meter breast stroke

August 24, 1991|By Marty Knack | Marty Knack,Special to The Sun

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Anita Nall couldn't keep pace with the world champion or her American teammate.

The 15-year-old sensation from Towson came into the fifth Pan Pacific swimming championships ranked sixth in the world in the women's 100-meter breast stroke.

But Linley Frame of Australia showed last night that her world championship in January was no fluke, despite spending three months on crutches after an April car accident.

Frame repeated her success from Perth, Australia seven months ago when she touched in 1 minute, 9.98 seconds. Australian teammate Samantha Riley was seven one-hundredths of a second behind to earn the silver medal, Kelli King from St. Louis won the bronze in 1:10.68, and Nall was fourth in 1:11.01.

"It's my first international competition," said Nall. "I was a little nervous. I just didn't feel that good.

"The 100's more mental than the 200. It's just a sprint for me. I can't get into my stroke. I just couldn't find it."

Nall is ranked first in the world in the 200 breast stroke, which she'll swim tomorrow to help close the meet for 15 Asian, North and South American nations.

"I think in the 200 I'll be OK," she said. "I'd like to do my best time."

If she manages that, she'll challenge the world record, since her 2:27.08 in April was only 37 one-hundredths of a second off the 1986 standard set by Germany's Silke Horner.

Nall was disappointed because her stroke was "more up and down" than normal. She has made dramatic strides since joining the North Baltimore club two years ago under coach Murray Stephens, who refined her stroke by making it longer.

She was the second fastest behind Riley in the morning heats, in 1:10.79. Frame, who hurt her left ankle in the accident, was third in 1:10.99.

Nall wasn't in awe of Frame when she was on the starting blocks.

"You can't think of people as an obstacle," said Nall. "You can't think this person is the best in the world."

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