>> Furthering her swims from this summer at the Speedo Grand Prix
>> Phoenix, at Ft. Lauderdale Nationals, Misty Hyman won the 200 Fly
>> 2:10.95. Does anyone know if she is tapered? Lenny Krazelburg won
>> 200 back in 1:59.35, and so far, other than that, more or less the
>> times at Nationals have been slow. Wonder why Steve West didn't
>> the 200 *** at Seniors? Tom Wilkens won the men's 200 *** in
>> 2:15, and Annemieke McReynolds won the women's in 2:29. It will be
>> interesting to see how Misty does in the 100 fly. Would be
>> to see if she beats the medal times from the Olympics.
>Lea Loveless went 2:11 something in prelims, 2:12 in finals (200
>would have gotton silver in Atlanta. (Sorry I don't remember the
>and the USS website is down at the moment). The 100 back was
>better event ... look for it. She is 25 this year, but Angel M. has
>that 29 is not too old! (Like Jenny Thompson, her meet at trials was
one of her
>worst ever. But somehow she got NO mention as a former Olympian who
>this year (1992, bronze in 100 back, gold in medley relay setting
>American record of 100.82)).
There are some positive things coming out of the US Nationals at this
The depth of quality in a considerable number of events, particularly
among the women, is very encouraging. For example, at the Olympics 13
of 16 finalists went under 4:50 for 400 IM. At the nationals 7 of 8
finalists performed similarly.
Since those swimming at nationals are essentially the remainder of US
swimmers, that is the second stringers, there still are times being
posted which would have made Olympic finals. Anyone care to do the
comparative calculations of where the US National's finals' swimmers'
times would have placed if they had been performed in the Olympics?
Internationally, there is some stirring and discussion about allowing
three per nation to compete again in the Olympics provided VERY SEVERE
qualifying times are met. Some of the US Nationals results could be
used to show that the Olympics did not showcase the cream of the
With regard to the Olympics, if my memory serves me correctly, this is
the slowest Olympics in the post-WWII era. Fewer world and Olympic
records were set than in any previous Olympics of the era. Some
champions repeated as winners in 1996 with times slower than were swum
Strange things are happening across the world to slow swimmers down.
Might the chemists have an answer?