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September 22, 2000 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kristy Kowal's long legs shook like tuning forks. And if she had inhaled any more deeply in the tense moments before last night's women's 200-meter breaststroke final, she might have sailed up to join the G'Day blimp hovering over the Aquatic Centre. "I think I was scared for the first time in my career," said Kowal, 20. "I've had so many disappointments in my life. " The Olympic race that followed was not one of them. Having qualified with just the fourth-best time, the lanky West Lawn, Pa., native led for much of the event's second half before yielding in the last few strokes to Hungary's Agnes Kovacs.
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August 18, 2004 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If that foot-bouncing, shoulder-turning strut that carried Brendan Hansen poolside before his 200-meter breaststroke semifinal yesterday didn't betray his Philly attitude, then his cocky words certainly did. After a surprisingly mediocre fifth-place finish in the morning heats, the world-record holder from Havertown coolly suggested that his rivals hadn't been as clever as he. "I didn't put much effort into it," he said. "I think a lot of people who came out this morning gave it their all. I know I didn't.
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July 21, 1990 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
The big event kicking off the Goodwill Games last night was supposed to be the 50-meter men's freestyle swimming duel between world recordholder Tom Jager and friendly rival Matt Biondi. Jager and Biondi dueled, all right, Biondi winning (22.10 seconds to Jager's 22.31), much as he did in the Seoul Olympics two years ago. But Jager's world record of 21.81 wasn't threatened, and with the crowd in the King County Aquatics Center still getting settled in as the race was run, it didn't quite have that "big event" feel.
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March 22, 1996 | By Rich Fisher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Just before the celebration started for Rowan's national men's basketball championship, another champion had already emerged on campus with somewhat less fanfare. Last Friday, junior Teri Hatcher won the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming Championship at Emory University in Atlanta. Hatcher took the title in 1:05.85 after swimming 1:05.65 seconds in the trials. A Gloucester High graduate, Hatcher is the only female swimmer to ever win an individual national championshp at Rowan.
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July 1, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
OMAHA, Neb. - Conshohocken's Teresa Crippen tried to swim with the mind-set that this attempt at making the London Olympic team was just for her - not for her brother Fran, who died in a 2010 open-water swimming race, and certainly not for the heartening headlines she would have made as a 2012 Olympian. But the loss of Fran still is so palpable for the Crippen family, especially when they're on a big stage in the sport, when the announcer calls out the name "Crippen" and the audience takes extra notice.
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January 9, 1995 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Abington's Nydia Dougherty had mixed emotions about her win in the 100-yard breaststroke Thursday at Pennsbury. One reason was that the Ghosts (0-5 overall, 0-1 conference) lost their Suburban One National Conference opener, 120-66. Another was that she won the event in a sluggish 1 minute, 19.4 seconds, which was four seconds slower than her time in the breaststroke last season at Pennsbury. The Abington junior's time was off because she didn't start practicing until Christmas week, and the Pennsbury meet was her first of the season.
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July 12, 1992 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One minute, as Roque Santos remembers it, he was tossing a 10-pound medicine ball back and forth with his new teammate, Mike Barrowman. Suddenly the dense rubber ball came flying like an oversized guided missle toward Santos' head. "Mike'll try to kill you when you're new," Santos said recently, with more admiration than animosity. "You should have seen him: He was lobbing (the medicine ball) at me, and then all of a sudden, he'd throw it like a maniac. " And so began a strange competitive relationship between a madman and his apprentice.
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August 15, 2000 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kristy Kowal was still 10 meters from the wall when she felt the surge of emotion and knew the tears had already begun to well behind her racing goggles. The fastest 200-meter breaststrokers in the country were in the pool with Kowal, but none of them could keep up. In fact, in the history of U. S. swimming, no woman can match what the Reading native did last night, as she overcame doubt and disappointment to make the Olympic swimming team that is headed for Sydney, Australia. Kowal, who was touched out of an Olympic berth Friday night by one-hundredth of a second in the 100 breaststroke, came back fiercely last night, setting an American record of 2 minutes, 24.75 seconds in the 200. She broke an eight-year-old record that was held by Anita Nall.
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March 3, 1997 | By John McBride, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Heather DeHainaut was so confident heading into the NJSIAA state championships that she didn't even don her sleekest swimming suit or shave for the preliminaries on Saturday. The Vineland sophomore decided to wait for yesterday's finals to put the finishing touches on her preparations, hoping then to unleash her best effort. It proved to be a perfect plan. DeHainaut captured the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, the latter in meet-record time, and also anchored the triumphant 400 freestyle relay to highlight the 24th annual girls' state championships at Rutgers University.
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March 16, 1998 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Haverford High's Brendan Hansen has been aiming for the PIAA 100-yard breaststroke record ever since the school year began in September. It had been only a goal - until Saturday. Hansen is only a sophomore who already has qualified for the Olympic trials in that event as well as in the 200 breaststroke. Swimming well ahead of the pack, he tied the record in the PIAA Class AAA championships at Penn State. His time of 54.70 seconds matched the mark set by Jeremy Linn of Central Dauphin in 1994.
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July 1, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
OMAHA, Neb. - He is just 16 and these were his first U.S. Olympic trials, so while his fellow swimmers buzzed easily around the pool deck during warm-ups Wednesday night, Reece Whitley bent his 6-foot-8 frame low, leaned against the starting blocks, and closed his eyes. If it was a pregame prayer, it wasn't answered. Whitley, the rising - in several senses of that word - Penn Charter junior, who some in the swimming world suggest could one day be the greatest breaststroker ever, failed to qualify for the 200-meter breaststroke final, finishing sixth in his semifinal.
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March 22, 2013
Boys' Swimming CLASSIC DIVISION FIRST TEAM 200 medley relay: Gloucester Catholic (Devin McCall, Max McCall, Nick Marks, Pat Hill) 1:44.47. 200 freestyle: Devin McCall, Gloucester Catholic 1:46.10 200 individual medley: Max McCall, Gloucester Catholic 2:12.72 50 freestyle: Matt Simermon, Woodstown 22.31 Diving: Laim Nobel, Pitman 134.45 100 butterfly: Nick Marks, Gloucester Catholic 51.94 100 freestyle: Nick Stranix, Glassboro...
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March 14, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Actors don't usually perform on Broadway and then join the cast of the school play. Likewise, athletes don't often vie for an Olympic berth and then go out for the high school team. But Allie Szekely is a 15-year-old from Doylestown who acts as a 15-year-old and enjoys doing things that 15-year-olds do. That's why she has taken the standard sequence and turned it on its orderly head. Less than nine months after swimming in the U.S. Olympic trials - and becoming a media darling for a day - the Gwynedd Mercy Academy freshman will compete in her first PIAA state championships starting Wednesday.
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March 13, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Actors don't usually perform on Broadway and then join the cast of the school play. Likewise, athletes don't often vie for an Olympic berth and then go out for the high school team. But Allie Szekely is a 15-year-old from Doylestown who acts as a 15-year-old and enjoys doing things that 15-year-olds do. That's why she has taken the standard sequence and turned it on its orderly head. Less than nine months after swimming in the U.S. Olympic trials - and becoming a media darling for a day - the Gwynedd Mercy Academy freshman will compete in her first PIAA state championships starting Wednesday.
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December 20, 2012 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Senior forward Claire Langlotz controlled the pace of Wednesday's game with her presence on the low post as Moorestown Friends eased past visiting Doane Academy, 53-29, in nonleague girls' basketball. The senior forward grabbed eight rebounds. Lauren Lowe scored a team-high 13 points. Lowe, a senior guard, chipped in with three assists and three steals. Sarah Applegate added 12 points. It was the third straight win for the Foxes. Olympic Conference. Taylor Hudspeth and Alexis Santarelli helped lead Bishop Eustace to an easy 78-33 win over Camden.
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August 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
BRENDAN HANSEN went 2-for-2 in the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100 medley relay on Saturday. Hansen, of Havertown, swam the breaststroke leg of the event, which earned Michael Phelps (butterfly) his record 22nd Olympic medal. Phelps won his fourth gold and sixth medal of the London Games. Matt Grevers (backstroke) and Nathan Adrian (freestyle) swam the other legs. Hansen, 30, was the team captain for the Americans. He took to Twitter to talk about his accomplishments.
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July 31, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
LONDON - At last, Brendan Hansen beat Japan's Kosuke Kitajima in an Olympic race. And, at last, a medal that wasn't gold felt good, really good. "That's the shiniest bronze medal I'll ever have," Hansen said Sunday, after finishing third from an outside lane in the 100-meter breaststroke. The bronze is the Haverford High graduate's third individual Olympic medal and brings his Olympic total to five, including two relay golds. He will have a chance at a sixth in Saturday's 4x100-meter medley relay.
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July 30, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
LONDON - As Brendan Hansen strained to see the TV monitor on the opposite side of the room, he kept smiling. "It's going to be close," he said, keeping company with reporters as his chances at swimming one last individual Olympic race played out on the screen. "Either way, no regrets, man. I had a blast. " Finally, the second semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke finished Saturday and Hansen saw that his sixth-place finish in the first semifinal would be fast enough. He qualified for the eighth and final spot in Sunday's final.
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July 21, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
When Sean Hansen watched his younger brother swim the length of a pool in December 2010 for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the coach side of him saw an athlete who still could contend for an Olympic medal. But, as a brother, he hesitated to say so. He recalled too vividly the scene in Beijing when former Havertown resident Brendan Hansen, devastated by his fourth-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke, found him after the race and "just lost it. " "He was like, 'This isn't fair, I do everything that I'm supposed to do, I always feel like everybody else gets theirs, I'm not getting mine.
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July 1, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
OMAHA, Neb. - Conshohocken's Teresa Crippen tried to swim with the mind-set that this attempt at making the London Olympic team was just for her - not for her brother Fran, who died in a 2010 open-water swimming race, and certainly not for the heartening headlines she would have made as a 2012 Olympian. But the loss of Fran still is so palpable for the Crippen family, especially when they're on a big stage in the sport, when the announcer calls out the name "Crippen" and the audience takes extra notice.
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