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Faces in the Crowd
September 07, 1998
Ian Crocker, Portland, Maine SwimmingIan, 15, won three gold medals, in the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 free, in the under-18 age group at the USA Swimming National Championships. His time of 1:49.48 in the open division of the 200 free was the fourth fastest in the nation this year and made him the youngest American to break 1:50.
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September 07, 1998

Faces In The Crowd

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Ian Crocker, Portland, Maine
Swimming
Ian, 15, won three gold medals, in the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 free, in the under-18 age group at the USA Swimming National Championships. His time of 1:49.48 in the open division of the 200 free was the fourth fastest in the nation this year and made him the youngest American to break 1:50.

Roland Steadman, Mount Healthy, Ohio
Trapshooting
Steadman, 62, who owns a drywall company, hit 125 clay pigeons without a miss to win the Grand American Handicap, defeating Jennifer Schwartz, 19, of Mentor, Ohio, who missed on her 125th shot. Steadman's best previous finish in the Grand American was fourth, in 1973.

Stacy Bromberg, Las Vegas
Darts
Bromberg, 42, retained the U.S. women's No. 1 ranking by defeating second-ranked Marilyn Popp, 54, of Milford, Conn., in cricket singles at the North American Open. She also earned the 301 singles crown, as well as doubles titles in cricket and 301 with Lori Verrier, 36, of Salem, Ore.

Han Xiao, Gaithersburg, Md. Table
Tennis
Han, 11, got three golds, in the under-16, under-14 and under-12 boys' singles, at the junior national championships. Han also won the under-12 boys' singles and the under-14 boys' doubles titles with Khaleel Asgarali, 11, of Columbia, Md., at the National Junior Olympics.

Ryan Gambrell, La Mesa, Calif.
Karate
Ryan, 14, who was born with achondroplasia, a bone-growth disorder, won tire 14-year-old boys' weapons competition and was third in forms at the AAU championships. Last year he was first in weapons and third in forms in the 13-year-old age group at the nationals.

Jennifer Baybrook, St. Albans, Vt.
Yo-Yo
Jennifer, 17, won the two-handed grand master division at the world championships with a score of 112.67, which surpassed the total of Takumi Nagase of Kawaguchi, Japan, by 1.67 points. Last year Jennifer was the U.S. champion and finished third in the worlds. She is the youngest world champion ever.

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