By Phillip Whitten
Photos by Peter Bick
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, April 4. THE women’s 200 fly presented some intriguing possibilities. Veterans Mary Descenza, Athens Bulldogs , and Emily Mason, University of Arizona, were the favorites. But a trio of hungry youngsters – 14 year-old Courtney Kalisz, 16 year-old Elaine Breeden, and 19 year-old Elizabeth Hill — were nipping at their heels. Slightly older, but just as hungry, were Kim Vandenberg, Whitney Myers and Demerae Christianson.
Descenza, however, quickly dashed her challengers’ hopes, taking a commanding lead on the first lap and lengthening it by the halfway mark. At 100 meters, only Mason remained to contest the top spot, with Descenza turning in 1:01.28 to Mason’s 1:01.91. Vandenberg and Kalisz followed about a second behind Mason.
The third lap saw the two leaders lengthen their margin. Breeden had the strongest final 50 meters as she moved from fifth to third (2:11.60), but it was the two favorites — Descenza (2:09.00) and Mason (2:10.50) — who took the top spots and assured themselves of tickets to Montreal.