ORLANDO, Fla. — Janet Evans won the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the U.S. Swimming Open and set her third meet record.
The 5-foot 4-inch Evans broke away from the field at the 300-meter mark and won in a time of 8 minutes 24.71 seconds. The time shattered the meet record of 8:32.70 held by East Germany's Astrid Strauss.
"I would have liked it if somebody had been up there with me," Evans said. "It's been so long since I swam against somebody side-by-side, I don't know what it feels like."
On Sunday night, Evans broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:05.45. Monday night, she broke her own meet record in the 400-meter individual medley, and Tuesday she dominated the field in the 800 freestyle.