Calif. Teen Sets Swim World Record
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Aaron Peirsol set a world record in the 200-meter backstroke Wednesday, finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of his closest competitors in the Spring National Championships.
Peirsol finished in 1 minute, 55.15 seconds to break the record of 1:55.87 set by Lenny Krayzelburg in 1999.
``I remember just about every part of the race,″ said Peirsol, 18, of Irvine, Calif. ``Before the race ended, I was, like, hopefully this will be it. Afterward, once it happened, it started flashing before me.
``I felt it was my time. For the past year or so, I’ve been creeping up on it. I’m getting stronger, getting faster, and getting more confident mentally.″
Olympic gold medalist Tom Malchow, swimming in front of family members from his nearby hometown of Mendota Heights, won the 200 butterfly in 1:55.13.
Megan Quann didn’t set any records, but picked up her seventh national title by winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.42. Quann won two gold medals in the 2000 Olympics.
Jason Lezak won the 100 freestyle, while James Kibbe took the 200 breastroke. In women’s events, Claudia Poll won the 100 freestyle, Diana McManus took the 200 backstroke, and Mary Hill won the 200 butterfly.