Hoff Covers All the Bases

BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 19. WHEN Katie Hoff competed at the Charlotte UltraSwim, she collected more than the few victories she added to her resume. By posting qualifying times in the 100 backstroke and 800 freestyle, Hoff became qualified for every event on the schedule for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

So impressive has Hoff been since her arrival on the national scene, she is now expected to dazzle each time she enters the water. But, the fact that she’s qualified in each event for the Olympic Trials is difficult to fathom. For the record, she has Olympic trials cut times in the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyles, the 100 and 200 backstrokes, the 100 and 200 butterfly events, the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 and 400 individual medley disciplines. That’s a perfect 13-for-13.

The poster girl for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Hoff’s next major competition will be the United States Nationals in Irvine, California in early August. That meet will serve as the qualifying event for the Pan Pacific Championships later in August. The results of those meets will determine the U.S. squad for the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne. At Nationals, Hoff is expected to swim the 100, 200 and 400 freestyles, along with both medley events.