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Archive for Monday, December 4, 1989

KANSAN STAGGERS EVANS

December 4, 1989

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— Janie Wagstaff, a 15-year-old high school student from Mission Hills, Kan., upset Janet Evans and Betsy Mitchell to win the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. Open swim championships Sunday.

Mitchell, 23, is the world record holder in the event (2:08.6) and Evans, an Olympic gold medalist, had a 27-meet winning streak in major long course competition.

But Wagstaff led from the start, winning in 2:15.33. Evans was second in 2:17.1 while Mitchell was fifth at 2:19.03.

"I tried to just think about them as other competitors," Wagstaff said. "If I think of them as who they really are, it psyches me out."

It was the first major title for Wagstaff who said her goal is to make the 1992 Olympics, the same year she'll graduate from Shawnee Mission East.

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