By Duncan Scott
Photos by Peter Bick
Attached are the complete results of day one of the 2005 World Championship Trials.
Generally, the winner qualifies immediately for the team and the second place finisher is likely be named at some point during the Trials due to "doubles" that commonly occur during selection meets. While there were a few surprises about who DIDN'T make the top two spots (Natalie Coughlin, Kate Zeigler, Kaitlin Sandeno, and to a lesser degree Ed Moses), there were almost no surpises when it came to who DID. It's hard to consider Rachel Komisarz(2004 Olympian), Mary DeScenza(NCAA Champion), Carley Piper(2004 Olympic gold in 4 x 200 FR), the versatile Whitney Meyers(third at Olympic Trials in 200 fly) or Mark Gangloff(2004 Olympian) as big surprises.
The only real exception was Kelsey Ditto making a quantum jump in her life performance level to finish second in the 400 free. Ditto even led the event at the 350, after being as far back as seventh at the first wall and only standing fifth at the 200. But even though this tough Texas girl, a former National Junior team member, seemed to come out of nowhere for this high placement, she definitely has the genes for the job. We understand she is the niece of Bob Alsfelder, a butterflyer out of Cincinnati who placed second to Indiana University teammate Mark Spitz in the 1972 NCAA 200 butterfly.