Nall wins second gold at Nationals


AUSTIN, Texas -- Towson's Anita Nall won her second gold medal here last night in winning the 100-meter breaststroke of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the University of Texas.

Nall finished in a time of 1 minute, 9.65 seconds. Kelli King of St. Louis finished second in 1:10.31 and Megan Kliene of Lexington, Ky., was third at 1:10.99.

The race was expected to be a battle between Nall and Kliene, both members of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. But Nall led the entire race and finished fairly strong.

Nall's performance here has been surprising considering she has beenbothered by mononucleosis since April, when she was in bed for five days with what was first believed to be the flu.

She had to miss two weeks of training last month because she said she felt tired and was slow to recover after strenuous workouts.

"I really wasn't sure how I felt going into the meet," Nall said. "It's been hard to get mentally into things again since the Olympics, ** but I'm starting to get excited about the season."

Nall wasn't in Olympic form, but she wasn't far from it. She relied more on strength than technique, and still finished with her fourth fastest time.

"I felt pretty strong, and I wasn't tired," Nall said. "Actually, I'm happy with my time. I'm not where I was a year ago because I need to get my stroke quicker. I haven't been able to get as much aerobic training as I need."

Nall's coach at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Murray Stephens, said Nall should be in shape for the World Championships next spring in Rome.

"The basic skills are there, and with a season of training, she should be ready for the world championships. That's what counts," Stephens said.

It was the second championship Nall has won here. She won the 200-meter breaststroke Tuesday in 2:27.29, almost two seconds ahead of her main competitor, Kristine Quance, who finished in 2:29.51.

Nall, 17, earned three medals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain -- a silver in the 100-meter breaststroke, a bronze in the 200 breaststroke and a gold as a member of the 400 medley relay team.

Nall is the world-record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:25.35.

Nall is also the American-record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke with a mark of 1:08.17, which she set in Barcelona.

Two other members of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club have done well in this meet. Kelly McPherson finished 14th in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:20.01, and Whitney Phelps finished ninth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.14. Phelps, 13, is a contender for the meet's Rookie of the Year.

Nall will participate in the Pan Pacific Games on Aug. 12-15 in

Kobe, Japan.

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