Phelps to be the headliner at Md. state championships

Towson teen is entered in 8 events in Annapolis

Swimming

March 18, 2004|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

As is the case with any swim meet on the planet, Michael Phelps will be the main attraction at the Maryland LSC Championships in Annapolis. The meet, at the U.S. Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall, begins tonight and concludes Sunday.

Phelps, 18, from Towson and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, will compete in a short-course yards format for the first time since November, when he won six events at a World Cup meet in Melbourne, Australia.

Phelps' program begins tomorrow with the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley. On Saturday, he's entered in the 200 IM, 50 and 500 freestyles. Phelps finishes with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly Sunday.

Besides Phelps, who holds the world record in three Olympic events and is No. 2 all-time in two others, the NBAC will send more than 100 swimmers to the meet, including its newest member. Dominic Szabo, whose specialty is the 100 breaststroke, took a break from American University to train with the NBAC in preparation for July's U.S. Olympic trials.

Finals begin at 5 tonight, and 5:30 the next three nights. Run by the state's Local Swimming Committee, the meet used to be known as the Maryland All-Star Zone Qualifier.

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