Women's nationals go to NBAC girls

April 05, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Ranging in age from 12 to 17, the Baltimore girls were the darlings of the meet.

Led by 1992 Olympic triple medalist Anita Nall, 17, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club's contingent of seven won the women's title in the Phillips 66 U.S. Swimming Championships that ended a five-day run Sunday in Federal Way, Wash.

In becoming the first Baltimore-area swimming team to win a national title, NBAC scored 229 points. Philadelphia's Team Foxcatcher placed second with 183. Curl-Burke of Montgomery County, composed primarily of college athletes, won the men's and combined titles, with Fort Lauderdale second in both. The field included more than 200 teams.

"Among teams made up primarily of high school kids from a metropolitan area, we're only the second or third team in the past 25 years to win a team title," said NBAC coach Murray Stephens. "A lot of teams are allied with a school like, say, Stanford, and use college swimmers."

Nall, who in the 1992 Olympics won medals in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and in a relay, was second in the 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 100.

Beth Botsford, 12, the youngest in the field, was named Rookie of the Meet as the swimmer competing in the nationals for the first time who recorded the highest finish. She was fifth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200.

Whitney Metzler, 15, registered thirds in the 200 and 400 individual medleys. Brittany White, 15, was runner-up for the Rookie of the Meet award on the strength of her sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 and 400 IMs. Kelly McPherson was seventh in the 1,500 freestyle.

Whitney Phelps, 13, was a surprising second in both the 100 and the 200 butterfly events. Her time of 2:13.2 was only a second slower than that recorded by former NBAC swimmer Julie Gorman in the 1992 Olympic trials. Gorman was third in the event, thereby failing by 37 hundredths of a second to make the two-woman team that went to Barcelona.

NBAC's 400 medley relay team of Botsford, Nall, Phelps and Melinda Rehm was second and the 800 freestyle relay (Rehm, Phelps, Metzler, McPherson) was fifth.

The UMBC-based Retriever Aquatic Club tied Navy Juniors of Annapolis for 35th in the women's standings with 22 points. The Retrievers' 400 medley relay (Ingrid Kilpe, Rachel Handshu, Elysia Moreland, Anna Butler) was eighth. Navy Juniors' 800 freestyle relay (Joan Chidester, Amy Betz, Natalie Phillips, Maggie Phillips) was ninth.

The Greater Baltimore Swim Association, led by Brooke Donoho's eighth in the 200 breaststroke, finished 51st with 11 points.

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