EAST MEADOW, NY – New York natives, Cristina Teuscher, Lea Maurer and Richelle Fox, all won events as the U.S. women’s swim team defeated China 88-34 on the first day of swimming at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Teuscher of New Rochelle and Columbia University set two Goodwill Games records with a win in the 200m freestyle with a 1:59.63 (the previous record was 1:59.72 by Germany’s Franziska Van Almsick from 1994) and swam on the record-breaking 400m freestyle relay. Teuscher also won the 400m freestyle in 4:12.16. Maurer of Crestwood led off the winning medley relay and won the 100m backstroke with a 1:02.51 and was second in the 200m backstroke with a 2:18.73. Fox of Scotia anchored the medley relay to victory and won the 100m butterfly in 1:00.74. All three swim for John Collins at the Badger Swim Club in Larchmont, N.Y.
Jenny Thompson also broke two meet records, anchoring for Ashley Tappin, Teuscher and Sylvia Bereknyei in the 400m freestyle relay. The team’s time of 3:43.98 broke a 1990 East German meet record. Thompson won the 50m freestyle by 0.01 seconds over Tappin (25.77 to 25.78) and set the Games’ record in the 100m freestyle with a 55.56.