"Everyone always said to me, 'Stop swimming, you've done everything you can in your sport,' " she said. "But I was 17 then. Swimming was part of my life. I wasn't ready at 17 to put the brakes on my life and do something new. I have to do this."
0 She looks at the carpet. She does not laugh.
Marylanders at Olympic trials
(Based on entry lists)
Mikey Flaherty, Towson. Winner of the 1991 Olympic Festival 400-meter individual medley and 200 IM.
Julie Gorman, Baltimore. Sixth fastest American woman all-time in the 200 butterfly and 10th-fastest in the 100 fly.
Candie Johnson, Westminster. A 16-year-old Westminster High School student who will compete in the 50 freestyle.
Julie Kole, Baltimore. A Germantown (Pa.) Academy graduate who attends Stanford University, Kole is entered in the 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 400 free, 800 free and 200 butterfly.
Pamela Minthorn, Gaithersburg. The 19-year-old Stanford student is a 100 and 200 butterfly specialist.
Anita Nall, Towson. The 15-year-old Towson Catholic sophomore the American record holder in the 200 breast stroke.
Cheryl White, Ellicott City. The Mount Hebron High senior specializes in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM.
Brandy Wood, Lutherville. The Dulaney High School graduate was a bronze medalist in the 400 IM at the Pan American Games.
Mike Barrowman, Potomac. The world-record holder in the 200 breast stroke, Barrowman was named the 1991 U.S. Swimmer of the Year and is a nominee for the 1992 Sullivan Award.
Mark Henderson, Fort Washington. The California-Berkley graduate is eighth-fastest all-time in the 100 butterfly.
Mike Raley, Towson. A member of the NBAC, scheduled to compete in the 200 backstroke.
Dan Van Hemert, Ellicott City. This Glenelg High senior was a bronze medalist in the 1990 Olympic Festival 100 butterfly.
* Other swimmers with a current or former local connection who have qualified for the trials include Scott Conley (NBAC, University of Arizona), Rob Ritter (Navy Juniors, Peddie School) and Steve Mortimer (NBAC, University of Georgia).