By David Rieder
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, December 10. SEVERAL U.S. National Team stars participated in the North Baltimore Christmas Invite tonight at the U.S. Naval Academy. North Baltimore’s own Michael Phelps returned to competition, following a hiatus after the Pan Pacific Championships in August. Both Phelps and teammate Liz Pelton won two events, while Germantown’s Arthur Frayler had arguably the top performance of the night, with a stellar performance in the men’s 1000 free.
Phelps took the boys’ 100 breast in 53.75, just short of his 2008 personal best time of 53.41. CCA’s Alex Vance took second in 56.27, while Navy’s Sean Murphy grabbed third in 57.16. He returned later in the evening to take the 100 fly in 47.10, well off his best time of 45.40. Teammate Todd Patrick finished second in 48.29. Navy’s Charlie Hetzel rounded out the top three in 50.60.
Pelton narrowly missed her best time of 1:45.14 in the girls’ 200 free, winning in 1:45.37. NBAC went 1-2, with Camryne Morris grabbing second in 1:49.66, beating MAC’s Hanne Borgersen’s 1:50.68. Pelton later cruised in the women’s 200 IM, clocking 1:57.40. NBAC’s Willa Wang (2:01.74) and PAAC’s Madison Burns (2:01.92) completed the top three finishers.
Arthur Frayler jumped to 13th all-time in the boys’ 1000 free, posting a fast time of 8:55.97. Frayler, 16, swam on the Pan Pacs team this past summer, and he finished just less than 20 seconds shy of Erik Vendt’s American record of 8:36.49. Brennan Morris couldn’t keep pace with Frayler, taking second in 9:08.73, while QQD’s Gregory Stoffa finished third in 9:20.43.
Patrick held off teammate Drew Cosgarea in the boys’ 200 free, 1:38.69 to 1:39.89, with Cosgarea making up significant ground on the final 50. CCA’s Jacob Siar touched third in 1:41.84. Cosgarea took a win later in the evening in the 200 IM, posting a 1:49.19. NBAC went 1-2 again, with Chase Kalisz second in 1:51.16 and Vance third in 1:53.19.
Camryne Morris won the girls’ 1000 free in 9:40.35. PAAC’s Gillian Ryan placed second in 9:46.55, and Wang grabbed third in 9:50.03. NBAC’s Stephanie O’Toole edged CCA’s Kelsey Holmgaard in the girls’ 100 breast, 1:02.69 to 1:02.75. PAAC’s Madison Burns ended up third in 1:03.00. Another NBAC swimmer, Kendall Surhoff, completed the individual event program with a win in the girls’ 100 fly. Surhoff posted a 55.58, defeating Germantown’s Taylor Sneed (56.20) and Naval Academy’s Katelyn Sowinski (57.75).
North Baltimore’s Pelton, O’Toole, Wang, and Camryne Morris won the women’s 400 medley relay in 3:41.62. Notably, Pelton swam the openning 100 back leg in 52.08, a strong time, especially considering it came after winning two races earlier in the evening. Pelton will represent the U.S. in the 100 back at next summer’s World Championships. Results from the men’s medley relay were not available at press time