Baltimore Sun

Phelps, Carter, Williams earn world rankings

Three Baltimore-bred Olympians have received high international rankings from magazines for their accomplishments this year.

A panel of 12 experts organized by Swimming World put Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club second to Australian Ian Thorpe in its "World Swimmer of the Year" rankings. A senior at Towson High, Phelps set a world record in the 400 individual medley and also ranked first in the world in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Track and Field News ranked Mervo High graduate James Carter third in the world and first among Americans in the 400-meter hurdles.

Bernard Williams, a Carver grad and former high school rival of Carter's, was ranked sixth in the 100 dash.