Montesterio Swims 15:16 for the 1500, Jenny T. Wins the Fly at the L.I. Grand Prix -- July 22, 2002
NASSAU COUNTY, LONG ISLAND, July 21. OLYMPIAN Jenny Thompson, hot on the comeback trail, won her second race of the Long Island on the meet's concluding day this afternoon.
Thompson, who a couple of weeks ago in Montreal went a 59.9 for the 100 fly, won tonight in 1:00.14 to cap off a busy weekend in which she also won the 50 free and was third in the 200 free.
"I was hoping to go a little faster but this was a good race for me," Thompson said afterwards, decked out in a red-white-and blue Olympic team suit. "Every meet I swim gets me closer to where I want to be and that is competitive at Nationals. I still have to
'fine tune' my stroke a little bit but it's coming along. I'm pleased."
Penn State junior-to-be Corrie Clark, defending Big 10 champ in the 200 breast, won the 100 with a 1:14.03 to Megan Carlin's 1:14.24. Then the talented Nittany Lion came back just a few events later and stroked to a 2:21.87-2:22.98 200 IM victory over Suburban's Kelly Nelson.
Saturday evening Clark won the 200 breast. At this year's Big 10 Championships in Ann Arbor she helped lead her team to its first Conference championship with a third in the 100 fly, a fourth in the 200 IM and that 200 breast title, plus swimming on several PSU relays too.
PDR's Brielle White (1:03.77) was first in the 100 back with Middies' Kaitlyn Ferguson (1:04.33) second. In the mile, Lauren Costello, a California girl who swims for CARS, won with a national-qualifying time of
16:58.54 to Gators' Ann Chapman's 17:00.25.
Trinity Prep won the 400 medley relay (4:24.27) and home team LongIsland Aquatics was second (4:29.68).
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On the men's side, there was some excellent racing, with SoCo (Southern Connecticut's) Ben Michelson -- NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year -- showing signs he's ready to take on the "big boys" at Nationals next month in Ft. Lauderdale.
Michelson won the 100 fly in 54.90 with Ashtabula Y's Jayme Cramer and Gators' Gabe Mangaberra tying for second (55.38). At the DII Championships in Tampa last March, Michelson set records in the 100-200 flys
and was a tenth off the 100 free standard (44.16-44.24). His 46.74 100 fly win would have scored in the D1 Championships.
Stanford soph Cramer was Swimming World's prep Swimmer of the Year two seasons ago and a prominent member fo the Cardinal's Pac-10 championship squad. He won the 100 back with a 57.48 to Mangaberra's 58.68 and Nashville's Chris Kellam's 59.82. The latter two are teammates at Florida during the collegiate season and Kellam was Southestern Conference champ in both backstrokes.
Gator Ricardo Montesterio, who earlier won the 400-800 frees, made it a hat trick with his pr, Venezuelan and South American-record 15:16.01 1500 free win. His old standard was 15:17.00 from the Sydney prelims. Second was Minnesota's Justin Mortimer (15:42.69)
Another Gator, Ian Chadsey, won the 100 breast(1:05.47) to go along with his 200 win last evening. Second was Harvard's Rassan Grant (1:06.76). Grant
is training this summer with the Gator Swim Club.
In the 200 IM, Georgia's Randy Lam, who hails from Michigan and swims for the Olympic Club during the summer, won in a seasonl-best 2:08.72 to LIAC's
Brendan Nelligan's 2:08.97. Nelligan will be a sophomore this fall for Coach Jon Urbancek's Michigan Wolverines.
In the medley relay, Southern Connecticut won the gold (NQT 3:54.77) and Michelson split a 55.19 fly leg.
-- Bill Bell
Results: Long Island Open Invitational