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Thompson Qualifies First in Men's 1500 -- August 15, 2000 Chris Thompson and Tyler Painter qualified 1st and 5th for the 1500 Freestyle finals.

By Kari Lydersen
Photos by Michael Collins

The men's 1500 final promises to be a close and strategically interesting race, with several fast swims and good contests already logged in the prelims.
The top qualifier is Chris Thompson, 21 and swimming for Club Wolverine, with a 15:21.71.
In the final heat, Thompson swam with Mark Warkentin and Tyler Painter for about half the race before pulling easily away from the field.
The second qualifier, 21-year-old Jamie Grimes, made a move around the 550 mark to catch favorite Erik Vendt in the second seeded heat. Grimes passed Vendt by the 800 mark and continued to build a lead. Vendt closed the gap toward the end of the race, but still touched second to Grimes, 15:21.73 to 15:22.54. Vendt, who made the team in the 400 IM, is the third qualifier.
Qualifying fourth was Robert Margalis, who won the first seeded heat in 15:25.43. Margalis, 18 and swimming for St. Petersburg, was pushed by 16-year-old Fran Crippen (15:28.03) and Nat Lewis (15:29.28), the sixth and seventh qualifiers.
Painter, 22, ended up qualifying fifth in 15:26.93.
Filling the eighth spot is 17-year-old Aram Kevorkian, who swam a 15:30.65 to easily win an unseeded heat.

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Jamie Grimes, 21, of Rockville-Montgomery, tries to see the time after his 1500 Free. He qualified second in 15:21.73. Erik Vendt,19, of Squids and Trojan, qualified third for the finals in the 1500. Top to bottom, Paul Kirk, 17, of Lake Erie Silver, Sean Smith, 18, of Kerr-McGee, and Nat Lewis, 22, from University of Arizona, just before their heat of the 1500.