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U.S. National Championships - Day 7

Krayzelburg Breaks American Record


Russ Ewald

After Lenny Krayzelburg swam the 100 back faster than he expected, the Trojan swimmer felt confident about his chances to break the American record in the 200, his best event. He almost got the mark in the morning. He split 28.22, 57.88, 1:28.11 on the way to 1:58.35, only .02 off the mark set by Tripp Schwenk in 1995. Brad Bridgewater was next at 1:58.90.

The final began as a three-man battle among Krayzelburg and the Olympic 1-2 finishers, Bridgewater and Schwenk. They remained close through 100 metres. On the third lap, Krayzelburg opened up a slight lead over Bridgewater while Schwenk fell behind. Krayzelburg powered home to win by a body length in 1:58.04 for the record and the fifth-fastest time in history. Bridgewater held second in 1:59.40, with Schwenk fading to fifth.

"We went out slower than this morning," said Krayzelburg. "I realized I had to pick it up the second half."

Bridgewater agreed "I thought I could go a bit faster. We went out too slow."

Comparative Splits - U.S. Records
Schwenk (old) Krayzelburg (new)
28.60 28.19
58.30 58.20
1:28.84 1:28.05
1:58.33 1:58.04

Misty Hyman also thrilled the crowd during the heats. She was under the world record splits through the halfway point (28.03, 1:00.83) by 0.58s. She fell off the pace after that, as everyone does because of Meagher's strong back half in her 2:05.96 record. Still, Hyman recorded a 2:09.62 to become the fourth American to break 2:10. She stayed under water for 25 metres at the start and from 12 to 15 metres off each turn.

With Kristine Quance pushing her, Hyman got out a little quicker in the final and held on better than in the 100 fly. She withstood Quance's late charge to win in 2:09.06 (27.87, 1:00.59, 1:34.13). Quance cut more than two seconds off her personal best with a 2:09.85 to make the World Championship team in a fourth event.

"I think that this morning I was more controlled and smooth," said Hyman. "I felt more pressure in the final but still improved so I'm excited."

Although Amy Van Dyken wound up only seventh in the 100 fly, she was better prepared for the 50. The 24-year-old from Denver shattered her own two-year-old meet record of 25.13 with a 25.10. Jenny Thompson made the U.S. team in a third event as the runner-up in 25.47.

"My freestyle is coming together," said Van Dyken. "I've been fine tuning it, working on explosive power off the block and my leg strength. I'm not upset at my fly. I didn't do the training there."

There was an emotional outpouring in the 1500 as the spectators stood and cheered for Chad Carvin during his closing laps. The Hillenbrand standout was a little over a second off his personal best with a 15:15.63 victory. Loveland's Tyler Painter, 17, was second in 15:20.23.

Tyler Painter, second in the 800 and 1500 free, third in 400 free
For larger 64k photo click on image. Photo © Marco Chiesa

In the meet's final race, Santa Clara won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:42.52 with its "A" team and placed seventh with a "B" team to overtake Trojan by a single point for the team title. Santa Clara also won the men's competition. Bolles took the women's.

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