Trip to worlds or Pan Am at stake

August 14, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

A chance to compete in the World Championships or the Pan American Games will spur Baltimore-area swimmers in the Phillips 66 National Championships, which begin a seven-day run today in Indianapolis.

A first or second will qualify a swimmer for the team the United States will send to the World Championships Sept. 1-11 in Rome. A third or fourth is good for a trip to the Pan Ams next March 11-26 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

"Aside from the Olympic Trials, these world trials are the most competitive, demanding meet in U.S. swimming," said North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Murray Stephens.

Stephens is taking to Indianapolis the same swimmers, minus Anita Nall, who combined to win the women's title in the spring nationals. Nall, who left NBAC and returned to her old club, the Harrisburg East Shore YMCA, will swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke in Indianapolis.

Stephens' aces are Whitney Phelps, Whitney Meltzer, Brittany White, Melinda Rehm, Kelly McPherson and Beth Botsford.

"No team score is kept at the summer nationals, but we're hoping all six girls will finish in the top eight or at least the top 16," Stephens said. "Anyone in the top eight will be a strong candidate for the 1996 Olympic team. A top 16 will have a chance."

NBAC's six girls and a University of Michigan group are just back from two weeks of high-altitude training and analysis at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"They're testing the concept of training at 6,000 feet as a contribution to tapering and final meet preparation," Stephens said. "We'll get an idea of how it works at the nationals."

Phelps, 14, who will be a freshman at Towson High, was second in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the spring nationals in respective times of 1 minute, 1 second and 2:14. In Indianapolis, she hopes to dip under a minute in the 100 and trim at least two seconds from her 200.

"I think I can go faster," Phelps said. "Training at that high altitude, it was hard to breathe, but it should help us a lot in this meet."

The UMBC-based Retriever Aquatic Club is sending Dan Van Hemert, Michael Gibeau, David Miller and Ingrid Kilpe.

The Greater Baltimore Swim Association will be represented by Brooke Donoho, eighth in the 200 breaststroke last spring in her first nationals, and Eric Steidinger, two-time NCAA Division III sprint champion at Johns Hopkins who was 11th in the 50 freestyle at last summer's nationals.

Joan Chidester and Lisa Pastrana will swim for Navy Juniors, and Brad Francis, former Calvert Hall star now a sophomore at Southern Cal, will represent Trojan Swimming.


North Baltimore Aquatic Club * Whitney Phelps: 100 and 200 butterfly

* Whitney Metzler: 200 and 400 individual medley, 100 and 200 breaststroke

* Brittany White: 200 and 400 individual medley, 200 breaststroke

* Melinda Rehm: 200 butterfly

* Kelly McPherson: 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle

* Beth Botsford: 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly

Retriever Aquatic Club * Dan Van Hemert: 200 and 400 freestyle

* Michael Gibeau: 100 butterfly

* David Miller: 200 and 400 individual medley

* Ingrid Kilpe: 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly

Greater Baltimore Swim Association * Brooke Donoho: 100 and 200 breaststroke

* Eric Steidinger: 50 freestyle

Navy Juniors * Joan Chidester: 200 freestyle

* Lisa Pastrana: 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley

Trojan Swimming * Brad Francis: 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly

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