Tuesday, August 08, 2000

Profiles of local swimmers in Olympic trials

        • Dod Wales: The 23-year-old is the oldest local swimmer in the Trials and has perhaps the best chance. Is seeded third in the 100-meter butterfly. Trying to make the Summer Games in same event his father, Ross, claimed a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics.

        • Nate Dusing: The 22-year-old has endured a recent slump in his best event, the 100 butterfly, so he's now pointing toward the 200 freestyle, in which as many as six swimmers make the team. He is seeded seventh in the 100 fly, 13th in the 200 free and 15th in the 100 free.

        • Dan Ketchum: The 18-year-old Sycamore grad, bound for Michigan, won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle state titles each of the past three years. Qualified in six events; still debating which he'll swim. Is seeded 10th in the 400 free and 15th in the 200 free, and figures he has a better shot in the 200.

        • Jayme Cramer: The 17-year-old St. Xavier senior-to-be broke YMCA national records in seven different events. Won maximum four events at Ohio state meet this winter. Seeded 13th in 200 fly and 17th in 100 fly. Recently won 200 fly at international meet, beating Wales.

        • Tami Ransom: A 17-year-old senior-to-be at Ursuline, she has won seven state titles, four of them individual. Placed fourth in 200 individual medley at '99 Summer Nationals, then eighth in that event at Short Course Worlds in Greece in March. Seeded 11th in 200 IM and 25th in 400 IM.

        • Erin Phenix: The Ursuline grad, a Texas sophomore-to-be, placed sixth or better at Big 12 Championships in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. Will swim those three.

        • Brad Knueven: The Auburn sophomore-to-be from Covington Catholic, a strong 100 breaststroker, has been slowed by a groin pull. Will also swim 200 breast.

        • Ryan Earhart: The St. Xavier grad, who'll be a sophomore at Michigan, could put shoulder troubles behind him to contend in the 200 backstroke. Also swims 100 back.

        • Emily Bresser: The 21-year-old Ohio University senior, an Academic All-American, swims the 100 and 200 back. Won five events at 2000 Mid-American Conference meet.

        • Mandy Commons: The Sycamore grad has excelled in the 100 breaststroke as a freshman at Clemson. She could reach the semifinals.

        • Doug Zafft: Graduating this fall from UC, this 23-year-old will swim the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Plans to retire after this summer.

        • Joe Seither: The Anderson High grad and UC junior-to-be, 21, will swim the 100 butterfly. Could be hurt by inexperience competing in long-course meters.

        • Carrie Sheil: The 22-year-old Anderson High grad recently finished her UC swimming career. She will compete in the 100 freestyle.

        • Matt Ense: The 1998 Oak Hills grad, 20, will be a junior at Eastern Michigan. Won the Mid-American Conference 1,650-yard title; swimming 1,500 meters here.

        • Rachel Tepe: The St. Ursula senior-to-be, 17, qualified for the 200 backstroke just last Wednesday. She's a high school All-American who trains with the Marlins.

        • Matt Elliott: The UC senior-to-be, a 21-year-old from Bristol, Ind., will swim the 100-meter butterfly.

        • Steven McLeod: The 22-year-old from Mission Viejo, Calif., is a UC senior-to-be. He's a long-distance specialist, swimming the 400 and 1,500 freestyle events.

        • Ryan McNally: The UC junior-to-be, a 20-year-old from Mount Vernon, Ind., will swim both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. Majoring in architectural engineering.

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