Janet Evans apologized once to her coach this week. She doesn't want to again.
Evans was upset in the 800-meter freestyle by 15-year-old Brooke Bennett at the Phillips 66 National Championships on Monday.The loss snapped an eight-year winning streak in the event and spoiled Evans' chance to tie Tracy Caulkins' record of 48 national titles in Pasadena.
"I apologized to (coach Mark Schubert) because I hate to disappoint him," said Evans, who will have her tonsils out later this month.
She has 45 titles going into tonight's 400 freestyle, where Bennett is her strongest opponent. Friday's 1,500 free is Evans' final event.
The meet's biggest names were idle Wednesday, yielding the spotlight to some lesser known former Olympians.
Eric Namesnik won the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 15.57 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.
Namesnik, a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympics, defeated world record-holder and former Michigan teammate Tom Dolan by going more than 3 seconds faster than his preliminary time.
Dolan also was faster in the final, but finished well behind Namesnik in 4:18.17.
The men's 200 freestyle final featured four of the five fastest swimmers in the world this year, with Chad Carvin of Laguna Hills, Calif., beating '92 Olympians Joe Hudepohl and Jon Olsen.
The women's winners were Kristine Quance of Northridge, Calif., in the 400 IM and Cristina Teuscher of New Rochelle, N.Y., in the 200 free.
Namesnik is one of the most consistent swimmers in the 400 IM, owning three of the event's top eight times as the second-fastest American ever.
In the men's 200 free, Olsen was near world-record pace at 100 meters before Carvin took the lead going into the final lap.
Carvin won in 1:48.43. Hudepohl was second in 1:48.62 and Olsen third in 1:49.47.
Quance, a bronze medalist in the '94 world championships, won the 400 IM in 4:45.97. Teuscher won the 200 free in 2:00.78. Former Olympian Jenny Thompson was fourth.