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SEOUL: the finals.

September 22, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Kristin Otto of East Germany, winner of the 100 freestyle and a potential medal winner in six events, was the top qualifier in the women’s 100 backstroke in 1:01.45.

Otto was followed by teammate Cornelia Sirch in 1:01.63 and Kristina Egerszegi of Hungary in 1:02.09.

Beth Barr of Pensacola, Fla., and Betsy Mitchell of Marietta, Ohio, were the fourth and fifth qualifiers. Barr, 16, is the youngest member of the U.S. swimming team.

Sergei Zabolotnov of the Soviet Union was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 backstroke in 2:01.27, followed by Frank Baltrusch of East Germany in 2:01.49.

Igor Polianski of the Soviet Union, the world record-holder in 1:58.14, was fourth and Dan Veatch of Boca Raton, Fla., was fifth.

East Germany was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 400 freestyle relay in 3:43.13.

Holland was second and the U.S. team of Jill Sterkel, Paige Zemina, Laura Walker and Mary Wayte was third in 3:45.10.

Sterkel, the first American woman swimmer to make four Olympic teams, and Zemina will be replaced by Mitzi Kremer and Dara Torres in the final.

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