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Anita Nall, the American record holder in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, shattered the world record in that event today during a preliminary heat at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Nall, a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Towson, Md., was clocked at 2 minutes, 25.92 seconds on the fourth and final heat of the 200 trials. The top eight qualified for tonight's finals.She broke her American record of 2:27.08 set at the U.S. Open last year and the world record of 2:26.71 by East Germany's Silke Hoerner in the 1988 Olympics.

Nall has been the top-ranked American in the 200-breastroke the past two years and in the world since 1991.

Earlier today, three-time gold medalist Janet Evans, who failed to qualify for the Olympic 400-meter individual medley, advanced to the finals in the 200-freestyle.

She was the seventh-fastest among the eight who qualified for tonight's championship heat. The top two in each event will compete in the Barcelona Olympics.

Evans' time was 2:01.76. She is the world and American record holder in the 400 and 800 events, set for later this week.