NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 28. JUST before the lights went out on the 2004 Nashville Aquatic Club Summer Sizzler Invitational, three swimmers decided to give the crowd, already exhausted from the weekend's incredible swimming, something to take home.
Post-meet time trials began with the hopes that we might see one more shot at getting a swimmer to Long Beach. Instead, what we got was perhaps the best ten minutes of swimming since Tom Jager set the world record for the 50 meter freestyle in this very pool.
Nashville's Jacqueline Martin-Lacey, having fallen just short of the 200 meter Butterfly Trial cut at the Janet Evans Invitational and Saturday night in the event final, held on to blast the standard, swimming to a 2:15.80.
In the next time trial, teammate Lindsay McIlvain, who previously qualified in the 200 Butterfly heat with Martin-Lacey finishing second, made the Olympic Trial Standard in the 400 meter Freestyle (4:18.88).
McIlvain just missed the cut in the event final on Saturday (4:19.53).
After watching 37 year-old Dr. Ron Karnaugh swim a 200 meter Individual Medley under 2:06.00 for the third time in one day, we were left with just one event, the 50 meter Freestyle time trial. Greater Chattanooga's Stephanie Napier, who swam less than one tenth off the cut on Saturday, sent the crowd into full frenzy, touching in 26.28. It was the first ever Olympic Trials Standard for both Napier and Martin-Lacey.
Earlier in the evening, Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club swimmer Margo McCawley added the 200 meter Backstroke to her event list for Long Beach, winning the event in 2:17.74.
Oakland Live Y'ers swimmer Chris Sullivan achieved his third Olympic Trial Time of the meet, winning the 100 meter Freestyle in 50.86. Tennessee Aquatics's Tyler Gustafson qualified for Trials in prelims with a 51.18.
Dr. Ron Karnaugh, no stranger to the elite swimming scene, stopped by Sunday to compete in the 200 meter Individual Medley. Karnaugh cruised to victory in Finals with a 2:04.95. The time betters his own Masters world record for men 35-39 and is well under the USA Olympic Trial Cut. However, it will only stand as an American record in his age group, as FINA only recognizes as Masters world records swims done in Masters meets.
Oakland Live Y'ers Alex Vanderkaay was second with a National cut of 2:07.68.
Nashville's Sarah Peterson, a member of the 2004 USA Swimming National Junior Team, won the 100 meter Freestyle in a National Championship Qualifying Time of 57.68.
Over the weekend, swimmers in the Nashville Aquatic Club Summer Sizzler achieved the Olympic Trial Standard 20 times, and swam under the National Championships standard 52 times. Numerous National Age Group Top 16 Reportable times were recorded by the nearly 700 swimmers representing 13 states and three foreign countries.
Results from the meet can be found at www.swimnac.com