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PALO ALTO, California, August 2. ASHLEY Steenvoorden, of Minnesota, claimed her first national title with a winning effort in the women's 400 free at the USA Swimming Long Course Nationals.
Steenvoorden turned on the jets early enough to hold off a hard-charging Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo, 4:07.63 to 4:08.52. That effort pushed Steenvoorden to 18th in the world rankings. Sutton, meanwhile, finished well off her season best of 4:06.04 that made her 11th in the world, and the top in the U.S. Sutton is one of four returning World Championship competitors in this finale.
Bluefish's Elizabeth Beisel completed an impressive double. After winning the women's 200 IM earlier in the evening, Beisel returned in the middle distance freestyle to take bronze with a 4:09.25. NBAC's Allison Schmitt, another world championship competitor, took fourth in 4:09.43.
Gillian Ryan (4:09.51), Pleasanton's Catherine Breed (4:09.57), Tucson Ford's Alyssa Anderson (4:09.83), Trojan's Haley Anderson (4:10.29), NOVA's Rachel Naurath (4:13.57) and Dagny Knutson (4:14.93) comprised the rest of the championship field.
SwimAtlanta's Amber McDermott grabbed the B final win with a 4:08.93, while Gator's Jamie Bohunicky clocked a 4:14.14 for the C final victory.