US World Champs Trials, Day 1: Hoff Huffs and Blows Down the American Record in the 200 IM, as Myers Nabs Second

By Phillip Whitten
Photos by Peter Bick

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, April 1. A LITTLE over a year ago, Katie Hoff burst onto the world swimming stage, a precocious still-13 year-old, eager to take on the world.

Though she swam superbly at the Olympic Trials and the Games themselves, her inexperience showed: brilliant in flashes, she didn’t quite live up to hyperbolic expectations, and she came home without a medal, but a much wiser young woman.

Now Katie is all of 15 years old, more poised and experienced but still eager to take on all comers. And this time she’s got the whole package.

The form sheets saw the women’s 200 IM as a two-woman battle pitting the teenage upstart – that’s Hoff – against the grizzled veteran, 22 year-old Kaitlin Sandeno. But Kaitlin’s been enjoying her post-Olympic glow after winning gold, silver and bronze in Athens, and did not appear ready to take on the hungry youngster. Meanwhile, overlooked by many (but not by us), was Arizona’s Whitney Myers, who has quietly been making her presence felt in several events including the 200 IM.

Remember the name – Whitney Myers – she’s only begun to blossom.

Hoff took the 50-meter fly leg out in a controlled 28.83, which put her three-tenths ahead of Sandeno and half a second in front of Myers.

The North Baltimore ace – female variety – extended her lead on the backstroke, turning in 1:02.17 – ahead of American record pace – with Sandeno dropping to 1:02.65 and Myers staying in contact at 1:03.04.

Then Hoff unloaded a major surprise, crushing her challengers with a 37.62 second breaststroke leg to turn in1:39.79. Meanwhile Myers, known for her fly and backstroke, split 39.41 to move ahead of Sandeno. Kristen Caverly, in fourth until the final turn, made her bid, splitting 38.92 to overtake the struggling Sandeno at the 150-mark.

It was all Hoff on the homestretch, as she took it into the wall in 31.45 seconds to light up the scoreboard at 2:11.24, half a second under Amanda Beard’s American record of 2:11.70 that won silver in Athens. Myers held on to take second in 2:14.19 ahead of Sandeno (2:14.32) and Caverly (2:14.79)

2005 World Championship Trials
Indianapolis 2005
50 meter pool

Event 103
1 APR 2005 – 18:40
Women’s 200m Individual Medley
200m 4-Nages Femmes

FINAL RESULTS
CLASSEMENT FINALES
Finals
Finales

WR 2:09.72 WU YANYAN Shanghai (CHN) 17 OCT 1997 CHN
AR 2:11.70 BEARD AMANDA Athens (GRE) 17 AUG 2004 USA
US 2:12.02 BEARD AMANDA Long Beach (USA) 9 JUL 2004 USA

Rank Name YB Club Result Points R.T. LN 150m 100m 50m
A-FINAL:
1. HOFF KATIE 89 NBACMD 0.80 28.83 1:02.17 1:39.79 2:11.24 AR 1001 4
2. MYERS WHITNEY 84 UN-2AZ 0.66 29.34 1:03.04 1:42.45 2:14.19 969 2
3. SANDENO KAITLIN 83 TROJCA 0.76 29.21 1:02.65 1:43.12 2:14.32 967 5
4. CAVERLY KRISTEN 84 SU-PC 0.78 29.80 1:04.11 1:43.03 2:14.79 962 3
5. KUKORS ARIANA 89 KINGPN 0.86 30.12 1:04.64 1:43.76 2:15.11 959 6
6. AEMISEGGER ALICIA 87 GAACMA 0.78 30.02 1:05.07 1:44.44 2:16.50 944 7
7. SMIT JULIA 87 TVSCMR 0.81 29.89 1:04.69 1:45.38 2:17.07 938 8
8. BRUCE CAROLINE 86 SU-PC 0.75 30.47 1:05.27 1:44.65 2:18.25 925 1

B-FINAL:
1. OHLGREN AVA 88 BAC-MI 0.72 29.47 1:04.34 1:45.58 2:16.49 944 4
2. MUELLER JUSTINE 86 UM-MI 0.75 29.87 1:05.84 1:44.89 2:16.74 941 1
3. FORSTER JENNIFER 88 WTRCOH 0.74 29.82 1:04.57 1:45.34 2:17.66 931 3
4. RETRUM LEAH 85 UF-FL 0.71 29.91 1:03.40 1:45.72 2:18.33 924 5
5. MCCANN KATIE 83 UF-FL 0.75 30.10 1:04.74 1:46.52 2:18.73 920 6
6. KALISZ COURTNEY 90 NBACMD 0.87 30.40 1:04.49 1:47.01 2:19.40 912 7
7. MCKEEHAN MICHELLE 89 CGACIN 0.73 29.98 1:07.57 1:46.89 2:19.47 912 8
8. PENDLETON BETHANY 82 WA-WI 0.87 29.52 1:04.26 1:47.05 2:19.82 908 2

C-FINAL:
1. SMITH JENNIE 89 MOR-NC 0.72 30.22 1:05.73 1:46.78 2:19.10 916 4
2. CLEMENS ALISON 88 AGUAMR 0.75 30.65 1:06.82 1:46.35 2:19.91 907 7
3. STUPP JULIE 86 PKWYOZ 0.73 30.27 1:06.40 1:47.42 2:20.50 900 2
4. GHOSH NILASHA 88 DACAPC 0.76 29.84 1:05.80 1:48.97 2:20.70 898 8
5. LABOSKY MARIE 82 GAACMA 0.81 31.07 1:05.64 1:48.54 2:21.05 894 6
6. SCHLUNTZ JUSTINE 87 DUKENM 0.76 30.93 1:05.57 1:48.91 2:22.21 882 3
7. FERRITTO ELAINE 85 UT-ST 0.67 30.79 1:06.04 1:49.31 2:23.90 864 5
8. MILLER MHYRIA 87 IST-FG 0.73 30.92 1:08.60 1:49.77 2:24.89 853 1

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