Olympian Quance Wins 200 Breast, 400 IM
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) _ Kristine Quance tuned up for the Atlanta Olympics with two meet records, winning the 200-meter breaststroke and 400 individual medley Saturday in the Swim Meet of Champions.
Quance broke her own meet record in winning the 200 breaststroke in 2 minutes, 30.87 seconds at the Marguerite Swim Center. Her previous record was 2:31.02 set in 1994.
Quance came back later to win the 400 IM in 4:45.37, bettering the 4:45.45 set by Janet Evans in 1992.
Quance, a junior at Southern California, won’t be swimming the 400 IM in Atlanta, however.
Despite having the fastest qualifying time in the Olympic trials in March, she was disqualified for an illegal turn. Quance later decided not to sue for a chance to swim the event in the Olympics.
Brad Bridgewater, another 1996 Olympian, finished second in the 400 IM in 4:31.55. Sergey Mariniuk won in 4:27.70.
Mariniuk, who swims for Santa Clara’s club team, added a victory in the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.03.
Jessica Deglau won the 200 free in 2:04.95, while the men’s winner was Richard Bera in 1:54.76.
Japan’s Junko Nakatani defeated Misty Hyman of Phoenix in the 50 free. Nakatani won in 27.17 seconds to Hyman’s 27.43.