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Komisarz Wins Two at US Open -- December 1, 2000

AUBURN, Ala., Dec. 1. THE USA's Rachel Komisarz notched two victories to highlight action on Day Two of the US Open Swimming Championships, at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The meet is being contested in a short (25 meter) course.

Komisarz came from behind to beat Magda Dyszkiewicz to the wall in the 200 meter freestyle, 1:59.75 to 2:00.37. An hour later she added a win in the 100 butterfly, clocking 59.34 seconds, her first time under a minute.

Robert Margalis, a freshman at the University of Georgia, finally struck gold after earning a bronze and two silver medals in his previous three events at the Open. Margalis took the lead just after the 50 meter mark in the 400m individual medley, then kept lengthening it. He won in 4:15.70, almost two seconds ahead of Hungary's Istvan Bathazi.

Auburn University's Maggie Bowen won her second event of the Open, taking the women's 400 IM in a fast 4:38.82. Trailing 16 year-old Kristen Caverly almost the entire way, Bowen, 20, uncorked a lethal final 50 meters to finish ahead of the gritty Caverly, who touched in 4:39.54.

German Olympian Michael Kiedel won the men's 200 meter freestyle in 1:48.18, holding off Honza Vitazka of the Czech Republic, with Margalis third.

Two American teens topped the backstroke performances. Nicole Mackey, 16, took the women's 100 meter back in 1:00.51, just ahead of Jamie Reid, 1:00.59. Andrew Davidson, 17, won the men's dorsal event in 54.43, with Vitazka second again (54.64).

Hungary's Zsolt Gaspar won the men's 100m butterfly in 54.10.