Ziegler Sets National Independent School Record in 500 Freestyle

ROCKVILLE, Md, March 1. THE next great female distance freestyler from the United States added another accolade to her resume last weekend. Kate Ziegler established a national independent school record in the 500 freestyle during the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Championships.

Competing at the Montgomery County Aquatic Center, the Bishop O’Connell High (Va.) junior blistered a time of 4:37.67 in the 500 free. That time took down the 1999 independent record of 4:37.91, held by Janelle Atkinson of the Bolles School. Ziegler’s time narrowly missed the gold standard in high school swimming, Janet Evans’ 4:37.30 effort from 1988. That swim is the overall scholastic record.

For good measure, Ziegler picked up a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a meet-record time of 1:47.33. She also helped Bishop O’Connell to second place in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Ziegler has been on a roll since leaving the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer with a fourth-place showing in the 800 freestyle and a fifth-place mark in the 400 free. In Indianapolis last October, Ziegler earned a silver medal in the 800 free at the World Short Course Championships. A few weeks ago, she clocked an American record (8:16.32) in the 800 free during the New York stop on the FINA World Cup circuit.

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