Healthy Nall returns to NBAC, eyes Olympics

April 13, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Anita Nall, who won three swimming medals in the 1992 Olympics, is back for a second term with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Her good health has returned and she has a new sense of urgency to prepare for next year's Olympics in Atlanta.

Last summer, after five years in Baltimore marked by the Olympic medals and a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, Nall returned to her native Harrisburg, Pa., to rejoin her old coach, Ed Fraser. In her last few years here, she was hindered by a series of upper respiratory infections that developed into chronic mononucleosis, and she finally decided she couldn't fully recover and still meet NBAC coach Murray Stephens' demanding training regimen.

"My health is great," said Nall. "I haven't felt this good in a long time. I needed a change last summer, a break, training that wasn't as intense. Now that I'm well enough to handle it, there's no place I'd rather be than with Murray. That's the main reason I'm back, to try to make the Olympics."

A 1994 graduate of Towson Catholic High, Nall attended Lebanon Valley College last fall while training at the Harrisburg East Shore YMCA under Fraser. She is working now in the office of Stephens' Meadowbrook Aquatic Center and living in Towson with her parents.

"She's training well and her spirits are good," Stephens said. "She's getting her strength and endurance back and her stroke skills are coming together. She wants a world record, like next week, but it'll take time."

The next major meet for Nall and her leading NBAC teammates Beth Botsford, Kelly McPherson, Whitney Metzler, Whitney Phelps, Melinda Rehm and Brittany White is the 12th Inter '92 May 27-28 in Paris.

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