Trupin, Cramer Shine at Y Nationals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. SEVENTEEN year-olds Dan Trupin, of the Champaign County (Illinois) YMCA, and Jayme Cramer, of the M.E. Lyons (Ohio) YMCA were the standouts at the YMCA Nationals, held at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, April 9-12.

Trupin posted two individual national YMCA records; Cramer, the meet's outstanding swimmer last year, swam to one individual mark and was part of two record-breaking Lyons relay squads.

On the first day of competition, Trupin clocked 1:47.10 in the 200 yd. individual medley, slicing more than a second off the old record of 1:48.29 set by aDerek weatherford in 1990. Trupin split 22.94 for the fly, 27.53 for the back, 31.10 for the breast and 25.53 for the free.

The very next day he came back to set another record, this time taking the 200 yard freestyle down to 1:36.42. Splitting 46.89 at the 100, he came back in 49.53. The old mark, 1:37.35, was set by Cramer last year.

Cramer did not lament his lost record On the final day of competition he posted a 1:45.58 for the 200 fly, chopping three-fourths of a second off the 1:46.33 he swam last year.

Cramer also joined with Rob Kauscher, Marty Tomes and Matt Bertke, as Lyons destroyed the old records in the 200 and 400 yard medley relays with times of 1:31.74 and 3:21.05.

Aside from his two record-setting swims, Trupin also won the 400 IM, as his 3:53.43 just missed the Y record of 3:52.90 set by Dan Shevchik two years ago. He also finished second in the 100 breast in 57.12, three-tenths behind Lyons' Rob kauscher (56.82).

Though Cramer was not quite as dominant as last year, he definitely made his presence known. Aside from his record-setting 200 fly, he won the 100 back (47.97), 100 fly (47.54) and 200 back (1:46.62)with times only he, himself, has ever beaten. He also swam on Lyons' four winning relay teams. Beside the two medley relays, he swam on the winning 200 free relay (1:24.15), 400 free relay (3:05.17) and 800 free relay (6:44.79, only two-hundredths shy of the record Lyons set last year).

Brian Mariano, New Canaan Y, was the only other male athlete to win two individual events, as he took the one-meter (434.46 points) and three-meter diving (506.50 points).

Though no new national Y marks were set by the women, the competition was extremely fast. Brittany Johnson won three individual events, while Katie Nelson and Christy Ohlin took two apiece.

Johnson, 16, of Winston-Salem Central took the 200 yard individual medley in 2:01.75, just missing Janel Jorgensen's 13 year-old national Y record of 2:01.12. The next day she came back to win the 200 free in 1:49.55, a second ahead of Nelson, then finished up by winning the 400 IM in 4:17.76, less than two seconds off the national mark. She also finished second in the 200 fly, as her 2:02.44 was a quarter second behind Olin's 2:02.18.

Nelson, a 15 year-old from the San Pedro Y in California, took the two longest events: the 500 free in 4:51.94 and the 1650 in 16:37.06.

Ohlin, 18, of N.W. DuPage Y, won both butterfly events. In addition to her win in the double century, she notched a victory in the 100 in 55.54.

Complete Results can be found in RESULTS.

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