By John Lohn
BALTIMORE, December 14. ALTHOUGH she didn't set any age group records on the final night of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club's Christmas Invitational, Katie Hoff still managed a few sterling performances to close out a top-shelf meet at Loyola College.
Michael Phelps, meanwhile, grabbed victory No. 7, taking the 1,650-yard freestyle over Kevin Clements, a fellow U.S. National Team member.
After winning the open 200-yard backstroke (2:00.46), Hoff claimed victory in the 100 freestyle, clocking 50.49, a mark that edged Marianne Limpert, a three-time Olympian from Canada who went 50.68.
Hoff then swam 1:01.94 for her breaststroke leg as the NBAC 13-and-14-year-old 400 medley relay hit the wall in 3:52.24, not far off the NAG record of 3:51.24. Hoff was joined on the relay by Jackie Gonzalez (backstroke), Courtney Kalisz (butterfly) and Allison Barnes (freestyle).
During the three-day meet, Hoff set NAG records in the 200 I.M., 400 I.M., 200 breaststroke and as a member of NBAC's 800 free relay.
Phelps won the 1,650 free in 15:16.32, with Clements finishing in 15:36.81. Clements (backstroke), Jamie Barone (breaststroke), Phelps (butterfly) and Cory Knopp (freestyle) won the 400 medley relay in 3:22.85.
Over the weekend, Phelps took first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, 500 freestyle.