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NBAC's Botsford captures national title, record


The North Baltimore Aquatic Club's Beth Botsford won the 200-meter backstroke in the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships last night in Minneapolis.

Botsford, 13, a Garrison Forest School eighth grader, broke the national 13-14 age group record in winning the event in 2 minutes, 13.53 seconds. Botsford will also swim in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterly and 200 individual medley in the five-day meet that ends Saturday.

"This wasn't that much of a surprise, because Beth had done a 2:16 last year," said NBAC coach Murray Stephens, whose team is defending its national women's title. "But it was a good swim. She really broke loose in the last 50 meters."

In the 1994 world rankings, Botsford was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 back.

NBAC's other leading finishers included Whitney Metzler, sixth in the 200 breaststroke; Whitney Phelps, eighth in the 200 butterfly; and Kelly McPherson, 13th in the 800 freestyle. Paul Yetter, formerly of NBAC and Loyola High and now a Wisconsin freshman, was 13th in the 200 breaststroke.

David Miller of the the Retriever Aquatic Club, which trains at UMBC under Sid Burkot, was 14th in the 200 butterfly and Beau Wiebel of the Monocacy Aquatic Club of Frederick was 15th in the 200 backstroke.

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