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USA Nationals: Chris DeJong Speeds to a 1:58.25 to Triumph in the Men's 200 Back -- August 4, 2005

By Phillip Whitten

IRVINE, Calif., August 4. IN the prelims of the men’s 200-meter backstroke this morning, only Club Wolverine’s Christian DeJong could manage a sub-two minute performance. And that was just barely, at 1:59.96.

In tonight’s final he remained the only swimmer able to go under two minutes this day, but he stroked to a much faster 1:58.25, a lifetime best by half a second that was good for a two second victory over Typhoon Aquatics’ Chad Barlow (2:00.20).

Barlow led through the 50 (28.33 to DeJong’s 28.49) and 100 (58.43 to 58.44) before DeJong opened up a lead on the third 50 and iced his victory on the final lap.

“This was a milestone for me,” DeJong said, “my first national title.”

Commenting on training with Michael Phelps, he said: “Swimming with Michael has helped raise my swimming to a new level.”

Auburn Aquatics’ Doug Van Wie, expected to challenge DeJong, finished strongly to place third (2:00.91) but was never a factor in the race.

After the race, DeJong announced that he has withdrawn from the World University Games due to concern over terrorist bombings in Turkey, where the Games will be held.

4 AUG 2005
Men 200m Backstroke

WR 1:54.66 PEIRSOL Aaron Montreal (CAN) 29 JUL 2005 USA
AR 1:54.66 PEIRSOL Aaron Montreal (CAN) 29 JUL 2005 USA
US 1:54.74 PEIRSOL Aaron Long Beach (USA) 12 JUL 2004 USA
CR 1:55.15 PEIRSOL Aaron Minneapolis (USA) 20 MAR 2002 USA

A-FINAL:
1. DEJONG Christian 84 CW-MI 0.71 28.49 58.44 1:28.71 1:58.25 4
2. BARLOW Chad 82 TPHNVA 0.65 28.33 58.43 1:29.44 2:00.20 1.95 6
3. VAN WIE Doug 84 AUB-SE 0.61 28.77 59.56 1:30.36 2:00.91 2.66 5
4. PLUMMER David 85 MINNMN 0.67 28.52 59.28 1:30.48 2:01.40 3.15 3
5. SALATTA Lucas 87 UN-1FG 0.77 28.84 59.65 1:30.81 2:01.51 3.26 8
6. SUN Hongzhe 85 STANPC 0.72 28.48 59.51 1:31.24 2:02.60 4.35 2
7. THOMAN Nicholas 86 FORDAZ 0.68 28.41 59.78 1:31.50 2:03.07 4.82 1
8. HARTLEY Brian 83 WTSCIN 0.66 29.04 59.90 1:31.85 2:03.70 5.45 7

B-FINAL:
1. VAYO Louis 85 FASTCA 0.55 29.25 1:00.18 1:31.50 2:01.79 8
2. CROMWELL David 84 TXLAST 0.67 28.48 59.95 1:31.53 2:01.82 0.03 5
3. BEAVERS Keith CAN 0.71 29.45 1:00.57 1:31.73 2:02.11 0.32 4
4. HUSSEIN Ahmed 83 SDA-AZ 0.66 29.33 1:00.24 1:31.74 2:02.65 0.86 3
5. STALEY Trent 82 KINGPN 0.76 28.84 1:00.19 1:31.72 2:03.10 1.31 6
6. LIEBHOLD Timothy 83 UW-WI 0.66 29.34 1:00.97 1:32.87 2:04.19 2.40 1
7. GREENER Andrew 84 PCS-FG 0.58 29.77 1:00.77 1:32.58 2:05.78 3.99 7
8. RUSSELL David 86 CUDANE 0.73 29.00 1:01.04 1:33.16 2:06.09 4.30 2

C-FINAL:
1. MCDERMOTT Caleb 85 TXLAST 0.66 28.90 59.95 1:31.95 2:03.94 2
2. MILLER Robert UBCD 0.79 29.14 1:00.48 1:32.67 2:04.55 0.61 4
3. SACCO Thomas 85 TXLAST 0.59 28.97 1:00.59 1:32.94 2:04.61 0.67 5
4. PATTON Sean 87 MAC-NC 0.77 29.70 1:01.01 1:32.79 2:04.67 0.73 3
5. CHAPMAN Craig 83 CFSCGU 0.75 29.57 1:01.51 1:33.99 2:05.61 1.67 7
6. SEITZ Christopher 86 TXLAST 0.62 29.14 1:00.82 1:33.54 2:05.81 1.87 6
7. NEAD Kevin 85 GSC-FL 0.63 30.24 1:01.83 1:33.83 2:05.99 2.05 8
8. JAMES Jeff 88 NCACNC 0.59 29.28 1:01.63 1:35.09 2:08.62 4.68 1

Prelims
DEJONG Christian CW-MI 84 1:59.96 1. A 0.74 9 4 1:29.60 59.08 28.70
VAN WIE Doug AUB-SE 84 2:01.05 2. 1.09 A 0.80 8 4 1:30.78 1:00.01 29.17
PLUMMER David MINNMN 85 2:01.66 3. 1.70 A 0.74 6 2 1:29.92 58.76 28.25
BARLOW Chad TPHNVA 82 2:01.74 4. 1.78 A 0.71 9 2 1:31.26 59.91 28.91
SUN Hongzhe STANPC 85 2:01.80 5. 1.84 A 0.70 7 4 1:30.70 59.58 28.80
HARTLEY Brian WTSCIN 83 2:01.85 6. 1.89 A 0.73 7 3 1:30.80 59.70 28.96
THOMAN Nicholas FORDAZ 86 2:02.18 7. 2.22 A 0.71 9 8 1:30.48 58.87 28.09
SALATTA Lucas UN-1FG 87 2:02.28 8. 2.32 A 0.73 8 5 1:30.12 58.89 28.71
MARSHALL Peter STANPC 82 2:02.35 9. 2.39 B 0.68 7 6 1:31.37 59.86 28.53
BEAVERS Keith CAN 2:02.59 10. 2.63 B 0.73 9 5 1:31.03 59.77 29.20
CROMWELL David TXLAST 84 2:02.75 11. 2.79 B 0.70 6 5 1:31.40 59.88 28.68
HUSSEIN Ahmed SDA-AZ 83 2:02.85 12. 2.89 B 0.62 9 3 1:31.78 1:00.25 28.86
STALEY Trent KINGPN 82 2:03.02 13. 3.06 B 0.74 7 5 1:31.77 59.60 28.58
RUSSELL David CUDANE 86 2:03.17 14. 3.21 B 0.76 8 3 1:30.23 58.56 28.12
GREENER Andrew PCS-FG 84 2:03.67 15. 3.71 B 0.67 4 5 1:32.46 1:01.16 30.02
LIEBHOLD Timothy UW-WI 83 2:03.98 16. 4.02 B 0.75 8 2 1:32.59 1:00.30 29.08
VAYO Louis FASTCA 85 2:04.08 17. 4.12 C 0.60 8 6 1:31.84 59.83 28.81
MILLER Robert UBCD 2:04.69 18. 4.73 C 0.66 6 6 1:32.32 59.88 28.79
SACCO Thomas TXLAST 85 2:04.94 19. 4.98 C 0.55 4 1 1:32.75 1:00.52 28.96
PATTON Sean MAC-NC 87 2:05.48 20. 5.52 C 0.80 6 3 1:32.62 1:00.66 29.51
SEITZ Christopher TXLAST 86 2:05.63 21. 5.67 C 0.66 5 7 1:33.73 1:01.26 29.67
MCDERMOTT Caleb TXLAST 85 2:05.69 22. 5.73 C 0.68 9 7 1:33.19 1:00.80 29.55
CHAPMAN Craig CFSCGU 83 2:05.70 23. 5.74 C 0.65 8 7 1:33.18 1:00.73 29.16
JAMES Jeff NCACNC 88 2:05.85 24. 5.89 ? 0.76 5 5 1:33.65 1:00.55 29.20
NEAD Kevin GSC-FL 85 2:05.85 24. 5.89 ? 0.68 9 1 1:33.23 1:00.76 29.61
STOVALL Brooks MTACSE 88 2:05.93 26. 5.97 1 0.66 5 8 1:34.84 1:02.64 30.22
MITCHELL Adam MINNMN 84 2:05.96 27. 6.00 0.70 6 8 1:33.16 1:00.95 29.11
MARTINSON Adam ABQC 84 2:06.06 28. 6.10 0.65 7 1 1:34.00 1:01.44 29.40
MANIA Adam WA-WI 83 2:06.29 29. 6.33 0.69 6 7 1:33.14 1:00.02 28.57
GIBSON Christopher CUBUPV 83 2:06.45 30. 6.49 0.66 8 8 1:33.65 1:00.97 29.00
MCGINNIS Matthew TXLAST 85 2:06.46 31. 6.50 0.58 9 6 1:35.33 1:03.28 30.94
RATHGEBER Geoffrey SNCOCT 85 2:06.58 32. 6.62 0.69 3 7 1:33.73 1:01.69 29.62
FALK Bjorn MAG-NE 87 2:06.69 33. 6.73 0.78 2 6 1:34.48 1:02.23 29.83
CASEY Aaron NOVACA 88 2:06.90 34. 6.94 0.71 1 7 1:34.40 1:01.86 29.87
THORBURN Jeffrey SA-GA 84 2:06.91 35. 6.95 0.67 2 2 1:34.76 1:02.51 30.41
KING Nathan OSSCOH 85 2:07.11 36. 7.15 0.72 8 1 1:33.49 1:00.34 28.93
STATIULIS Benjamin FRA 2:07.14 37. 7.18 0.69 7 2 1:33.90 1:00.51 28.75
LEMYRE Robert OSSCOH 85 2:07.31 38. 7.35 0.62 1 1 1:34.65 1:01.87 29.76
WOLFE Michael TENNSE 86 2:07.36 39. 7.40 0.63 3 5 1:33.63 1:00.58 29.17
LATHROPE Scott OAPBPC 86 2:07.46 40. 7.50 0.73 5 1 1:34.59 1:01.90 30.10
HAFKIN Joshua RMSCPV 88 2:07.92 41. 7.96 0.57 1 6 1:34.67 1:01.47 29.07
LLOYD Nick RAYSVA 88 2:08.03 42. 8.07 0.67 4 3 1:35.73 1:01.87 29.37
POSSATO Marcello SALUOZ 81 2:08.06 43. 8.10 0.68 4 8 1:34.81 1:01.78 30.07
RUBENSTEIN Billy CUDANE 86 2:08.11 44. 8.15 0.60 5 6 1:35.23 1:02.02 30.16
PAYNE Russell MINNMN 86 2:08.13 45. 8.17 0.67 7 8 1:34.07 1:00.60 29.25
JONES Michael IST-IN 83 2:08.16 46. 8.20 0.60 3 6 1:35.65 1:02.56 30.02
MCCLOSKEY Dennen ACACMA 87 2:08.17 47. 8.21 0.56 4 6 1:34.80 1:01.82 29.76
MAHER Alan NAC-SE 87 2:08.38 48. 8.42 0.72 5 3 1:35.48 1:02.05 29.81
CLARY Scott FASTCA 89 2:08.48 49. 8.52 0.60 5 4 1:34.97 1:01.99 30.22
DEWEESE Jeffrey PSDNVA 86 2:08.61 50. 8.65 0.68 5 2 1:35.98 1:03.05 30.12
CARLYSLE Cameron LAC-NT 88 2:08.68 51. 8.72 0.66 4 4 1:35.19 1:02.01 29.69
BOSWELL Bradley TENNSE 85 2:08.88 52. 8.92 0.66 3 8 1:35.98 1:02.25 29.56
ZEE Mike BDOGMN 85 2:09.26 53. 9.30 0.64 2 5 1:36.26 1:02.52 30.01
SHOMBERGER Stephen IA-IN 84 2:09.47 54. 9.51 0.71 3 3 1:36.78 1:03.43 30.09
BERRETTINI Jonathon DM-NT 85 2:09.53 55. 9.57 0.69 4 2 1:36.30 1:02.52 29.86
PATTERSON John CFSCGU 84 2:09.58 56. 9.62 0.77 7 7 1:35.82 1:01.71 29.28
ROTHMAN Nathan FORDAZ 84 2:09.81 57. 9.85 0.59 3 1 1:35.67 1:02.10 30.09
BRAUD Kevin CCSCLA 85 2:09.82 58. 9.86 0.71 3 4 1:35.52 1:01.63 29.39
THOMPSON Matthew DM-NT 90 2:10.03 59. 10.07 0.60 6 1 1:36.37 1:02.35 29.54
MCLIN Shawn BCATMA 84 2:10.05 60. 10.09 0.74 2 3 1:36.07 1:02.77 30.16
NEAL Matthew AGS-GU 83 2:10.11 61. 10.15 0.70 3 2 1:36.19 1:02.69 30.47
SCANLAN Matthew BSC-CC 87 2:10.27 62. 10.31 0.78 6 4 1:36.52 1:03.09 30.65
DICKSON Luke WTSCIN 84 2:10.32 63. 10.36 0.76 4 7 1:36.51 1:03.40 30.60
MORRELL Nolan BENDOR 87 2:10.99 64. 11.03 1.47 2 4 1:37.30 1:02.93 30.22
MUKRI Kevin NAVYMD 85 2:11.18 65. 11.22 0.74 2 7 1:36.37 1:01.81 29.04
HESEN Benedict PACEIN 86 2:11.49 66. 11.53 0.65 1 2 1:37.18 1:02.71 29.71
NOVAK Daniel OSSCOH 86 2:11.56 67. 11.60 0.63 2 1 1:37.18 1:02.85 29.94
COLE Andrew NOVACA 84 2:13.20 68. 13.24 1.34 2 8 1:37.46 1:02.54 30.16
WOODSON Michael PKWYOZ 86 2:13.63 69. 13.67 0.74 1 3 1:38.39 1:03.71 30.36
MCCAFFREY Garrett KINGPN 82 2:14.76 70. 14.80 0.69 1 4 1:36.95 1:02.81 30.24
DOBELBOWER Tyler KCB-MV 83 2:14.85 71. 14.89 0.66 1 5 1:38.78 1:02.93 29.53