Michelle Griglione will lead Washington-area swimmers at the Long Course National Championships at Mission Viejo, Calif., Monday through Aug. 9.
Griglione took second in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medley races last year. Indoors at the short course nationals this spring, Griglione won the same events.
For this nationals, Griglione, 16, will go to California as a member of the Curl Swim Club, which is sending 26 competitors.
The number of swimmers is great enough and the range of talent is deep enough from the Curl contingent to prompt Coach Rick Curl to aim for the team title.
Top area boys include Doug Bond, 21, the Big Ten 100 freestyle champion; Jimmy Tuchler, 21, recent member of the U.S. Maccabiah squad; Bryan Nicosia, 16, a finalist in the spring short course nationals; Ed Lauer, 19; Lunn Lustina, 16, the spring National Junior Olympic 1,650 champion; Mark Hagen, 19; David Alleva, 21.
Griglione leads the women's hopes, qualifying in nine events, the three sprint freestyle events, both butterfly events, both backstroke events and both individual medley events. Also expected to score points are: Susan O'Brien, 19, last summer's national champion in the 100 backstroke; Kelley Davies, 16, a finalist in three events in the long course championships last year; Jenny Sawyer, 18; Linda Rutter, 20; Bridgett Bowman, 15, twice a national YMCA champion, and Lisa Ferris, 16.