Nall captures crown in 200 breaststroke Aces first major test since Olympics

April 02, 1993|By Wendy Smith | Wendy Smith,Contributing Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Olympic swimmer Anita Nall won her fifth national breaststroke title yesterday at the 1993 Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships, winning the 200-meter breaststroke.

Swimming in her first major championships since the 1992 Barcelona Games, Nall, a 16-year-old from Towson, was challenged by California's Kristine Quance, who swept both breaststrokes and individual medleys at the 1992 Summer Nationals.

Quance finished second with a time of 2 minutes, 29.72 seconds. Olympian Megan Kleine was third with a time of 2:30.80.

Although Nall's time of 2:28.58 is a little more than three seconds off her world record of 2:25.35, she was not disappointed with her swim.

"It wasn't a best time or a world record, but I feel really good about it," said Nall, a junior at Towson Catholic High School. "I'm really happy with my time. I'm a little more tired than normal."

That's to be expected. Before the meet, Nall was out of the water for several days with a bad case of the flu.

"I was in bed for about seven days last week," she said. "I wasn't sure where I was at. I wanted to do the best I could from the standpoint that I've been sick.

"I wasn't even sure my coach [Murray Stephens] was going to bring me, and I was hesitant because I don't like coming if I might not do well."

But Nall sees this meet as a training experience.

"I am using it as a training standpoint," she said, "to see how I am doing."

Nall will swim again tomorrow when she competes in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Other local swimmers who competed yesterday:

* Elysia Moreland, 16, of the Retriever Aquatic Club, finished 11th in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:18.72. She was 10th going into the finals with a time of 2:19.31.

* Candie Johnson, 18, also of the Retriever Aquatic Club, finished 28th in the 100-meter freestyle in 59.91.

* Whitney Metzler, 14, of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, finished 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:40.79.

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