Nall loses for 1st time since Barcelona SWIMMING

April 04, 1993|By Wendy Smith | Wendy Smith,Contributing Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Anita Nall of Towson fell short of claiming her sixth national swimming title last night, finishing .61 behind Olympian Megan Kleine in the 100-meter breaststroke.

This marks the first time that Nall, who holds the American record in this event, has lost a race since the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, last summer.

But despite finishing second, Nall -- who attends Towson Catholic -- was not disappointed with her swim.

"It is more important to just do OK," Nall said of finishing second. "Winning isn't very important in a race.

"I just wanted to go a little faster, but it's OK. My time wasn't that bad. I haven't had much speed lately."

And Nall doesn't know why she hasn't had more speed.

"If I knew, I guess I would have more [speed]," she said.

Nall -- who was out of the water most of last week with the flu -- came to the championships "to see where I was" as far as her training was concerned.

"I think I'm at a good spot to get back into training, to do a lot of hard training through the summer," she said.

0 California's Kristine Quance finished third.

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