Nall 4th in 200 breaststroke

August 16, 1994|By David Woods | David Woods,Special to The Sun

INIANNAPOLS — INDIANAPOLIS -- When Anita Nall turned to her former age-group swim coach, Ed Fraser of the Harrisburg (Pa.) East Shore YMCA, she was looking for a little inspiration.

Instead, Fraser makes it sound as if he is the one benefiting. "She's a tough girl, and she knows how to race," he said. "I get inspired just watching her. I really do."

After a recurring bout with mononucleosis, Nall, 18, may not be able to train with her opponents, but she can race with them. The Towson Catholic graduate finished fourth last night in the women's 200-meter breaststroke in the National Swimming Championships at Indiana University Natatorium.

Allison Wagner, 17, of Gainesville, Fla., won in 2 minutes, 28.86 seconds -- far off the American record of 2:25.35 set by Nall here at the 1992 Olympic Trials. Wagner and Kristine Quance, second in 2:29.91, will represent the United States in the World Championships Sept. 5-11 in Rome.

Nall was fourth in 2:30.87. Fraser said that since she has been swimming about 6,000 meters a day -- about one-third the distance of her opponents -- he was "tickled" with her performance.

"The one good thing about my swim tonight was I came back two seconds faster than I did this morning," said Nall, who clocked 2:32.84 in preliminaries. "I thought my endurance would be down rather than my ability to take it out fast."

Nall, who has won three Olympic medals, is in tomorrow's 100-meter breaststroke but didn't commit to the Rome trip even if she makes the U.S. team. She is soon to begin classes at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.

"I'm excited for the winter," Nall said, adding that this meet is being treated as a building block in her training renewal.

Whitney Metzler, 16, of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club wasn't excited about winning the consolation final in 2:36.48 -- although that made her ninth overall after a premeet seed of 14th. She had finished third in both individual medleys in the spring nationals.

"I had mono at the beginning of the summer, so I don't have my endurance back," Metzler said.

Yesterday's featured event was the men's 400 individual medley, which Michigan graduate Eric Namesnik, 24, won in 4:14.41 over Michigan collegiate star Tom Dolan (4:17.43). In prelims, Namesnik clocked 4:13.67, missing the U.S. record of 4:13.52 set by Dolan on April 1.

The most notable upset was turned in by Cristina Teuscher, 16, in the women's 200 freestyle. Teuscher, who is entering her junior year at New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School, clocked 1:59.71 to beat a trio of Olympic gold medalists -- Nicole Haislett (1:59.93), Jenny Thompson (2:01.34) and Janet Evans (2:01.36).

University of California graduate Mark Henderson, 24, of Fort Washington, Md., repeated in the men's 100 butterfly in 53.60, the fastest time in the world this year and .01 off his personal best.

Other area results:

* In the men's 100 freestyle, Mike Gibeau of the Retriever Aquatic Club was 40th in 56.12 and Brad Francis of the Trojan Swim Club 52nd in 56.53.

FTC * In the women's 200 freestyle, Joan Chidester of Navy Juniors was 70th in 2:08.69.

* In the men's 400 individual medley, David Miller of the Retriever Aquatic Club was 31st -- 12 places higher than he was seeded -- in 4:36.40.

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