Phelps' best good enough only for 4th

August 18, 1994|By David Woods | David Woods,Special to The Sun

INDIANAPOLIS -- Whitney Phelps of North Baltimore Aquatic Club swam a personal best in the 100-meter butterfly, but it was good enough only for fourth place last night in the National Championships at Indiana University Natatorium.

Phelps, at 14 the youngest by 3 years in the finals last night, had finished second in the spring nationals. But neither world-record holder Jenny Thompson, who came from behind to win last night in 1 minute, .34 of a second, nor Amy Van Dyken, who finished second in 1:00.57, competed then.

With only the top two in each event advancing to the World Championships Sept. 5-11 in Rome, Phelps, who posted a 1:01.25, will try to make the U.S. team tomorrow in the 200 butterfly, her best event.

Teammate Beth Botsford, 13, also had her best time in the 100 butterfly, 1:02.86. Botsford, seeded 57th, was 18th. Ingrid Kilpe of the Retriever Aquatic Club was 54th (1:04.31).

Kelly McPherson, 16, also of North Baltimore, clocked 8:47.33 in the women's 800 freestyle and qualified seventh for tonight's final.

Former North Baltimore swimmer Anita Nall swam 1:12.48 in prelims of the 100 breaststroke. She withdrew from the consolation final.

North Baltimore's Whitney Metzler (1:15.98) was 54th, and Greater Baltimore's Brooke Donoho (1:19.88) was 67th.

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