North Baltimore Long Course Championships: Michael Phelps Takes Two Wins

By David Rieder, Swimming World high school intern

BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 12. THE North Baltimore Long Course Championships featured appearances by members of the North Baltimore, elite squad, including Olympians Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and Scott Spann, all of whom just finished a three-and-a-half week altitude training camp in Colorado Springs.

Phelps out-touched Spann by just .11 in the sprint breaststroke, 1:02.54 to 1:02.65. Phelps returned later in the session to win the 100 fly in 52.48, just off his tenth-ranked time of 52.41 from the Charlotte UltraSwim in May.

Athens Bulldogs' Chelsea Nauta, who swam with NBAC in Colorado Springs, out-finished just ahead of her University of Georgia teammate Allison Schmitt in the 200 free, 2:01.87 to 2:02.11. Schmitt is swimming this summer as a member of NBAC. Rising Stanford senior Felicia Lee, also of NBAC, claimed third in 2:03.88. Lee also finished third in the 100 breast, where she clocked 1:14.87.

U.S. world championship team member Elizabeth Pelton also swam at the meet. Pelton, known as a backstroker and IM swimmer, swam the 100 breast, finishing fourth in 1:15.23, as well as finishing fifth in the 100 fly in 1:04.44. Another elite NBAC swimmer, Todd Patrick, claimed the 200 free in 1:51.18, as well as posting a second-place finish in the 100 fly in 54.77.

Swimming World high school intern David "The Swim Geek" Rieder is a high school swimmer in Charleston, S.C. He swims for the Southern Marlins Racing Team and often negative splits his races. He can be found on the web at swimdr549.blogspot.com and twitter.com/david2swim.

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