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White advances to trials


Brittany White became the sixth North Baltimore Aquatic Club member to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials next March in Indianapolis.

White, a junior-to-be at Dulaney High, swam the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 55.66 seconds -- almost one second under the qualifying time -- in NBAC's 9th Annual Long Course Championships over the weekend at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center.

White was second to NBAC teammate Whitney Metzler, whose winning time was 4:51.70. Metzler already has qualified for the trials in the 400 and 200 IM.

NBAC's other qualifiers are Anita Nall (100 and 200 breaststroke), Whitney Phelps (100 and 200 butterfly), Kelly McPherson (800 freestyle) and Beth Botsford (100 and 200 backstroke).

Nall, a former world-record holder in the 200 breaststroke who won three medals in the 1992 Olympics, swept the breaststroke events in the NBAC meet, the 100 in 1:15, the 200 in 2:38. The latter is 13 seconds above her old world record time.

"They're both good training times for Anita," said NBAC coach Murray Stephens. "Her fastest time ever at this time of year is 2:33, so she's not that far off."

NBAC's meet attracted 826 swimmers -- 230 more than it ever had -- from 36 teams. NBAC had the most swimmers, 86, followed by Atlanta's Dynamo Swim Club with 76. More than 500 swimmers were from outside Maryland.

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