Trials Go Swimmingly

For Md. Olympians

* Katie Hoff is 15 and she's going to spend August in Athens, Greece.

"I'm, like, so excited," Katie said Wednesday after winning the 400-meter individual medley event at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. The victory earned the girl from Abingdon, Maryland, a spot on the U.S. team for the Olympic Games next month.

Katie has had her sights on the Olympic team since she was "very little." When she's not swimming, she says she likes to shop and hang out with her friends.

In the individual medley, competitors swim 100 meters of each of the four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, in that order. Hoff's time was 4 minutes 37.67 seconds.

Another Maryland swimmer, 19-year-old Michael Phelps, also made the Olympic team. Phelps, who swims at the same Baltimore club that Katie does, set a world record in the men's individual medley. He could qualify for as many as nine events at the Olympic Games, which begin Aug. 13.

Phelps wants to try to break the record for most Olympic gold medals in swimming in one Olympics: Mark Spitz won seven at the 1972 Games.

Katie Hoff, 15, spots her winning time in the 400-meter individual medley.