Even 20th-place finish can't faze Nall

March 06, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- For one day, at least, Anita Nall of Towson was just like any other 15-year-old swimmer.

She finished 20th in the qualifying heats of the 200-meter individual medley yesterday in the 1992 Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. But the result was hardly a surprise, nor could it detract from her astonishing performance at the U.S. Olympic selection meet.

Nall is going to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, as a rising star, capable of winning as many as three gold medals.

At the trials, she established the world record in the 200 breast stroke and displayed her new-found dominance in the U.S. by winning the 100 breast stroke. Nall also set herself up to appear on the U.S. 400 medley relay team at the Olympics.

"This is definitely incredible," Nall said. "This is the best week in my life. The best experience in my life."

Nall won't take a break from swimming or school. The high school sophomore returns to Towson Catholic on Monday. She'll also resume training, increasing the pace of her workouts as the Games approach.

In other races involving area swimmers yesterday, Jill Johnson, the 1986 Dulaney High School graduate, failed to make the final cut in the 200 IM, finishing ninth overall in the preliminaries at 2:18.72.

Michelle Griglione, who lives in Alexandria, Va. and trains in Rockville, Md., was fourth in the 200 IM final in 2:18.07.

Today, Julie Gorman of Baltimore will swim in her best event, the 200 butterfly. The 1990 University of Florida graduate has performed superbly in training, and was ninth in Wednesday's qualifying heats of the 100 butterfly.

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