FAIRFAX, Virginia, December 9. HEADING into the Tom Dolan Invitational at George Mason University, one of the storylines was Kate Ziegler’s pursuit of Janet Evans’ American records in the 500 and 1,650-yard freestyles. After the first night of action, one of Evans’ long-standing records has survived Ziegler’s assault.
Covering the 1,650 free in 15:47.69, Ziegler (The Fish) missed Evans’ 1990 standard of 15:39.14 by a good margin. Still, Ziegler won her race by nearly a minute. The reigning world champion in the 800 and 1,500-meter freestyles, Ziegler still has a shot at Evans’ 500 free record, which has stood at 4:34.39 since the 1990 campaign. Ziegler owns a personal-best time of 4:36.51 in the 500 free.