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Carvin Cruises to Easy Win to Open Kerr-McGee Pro-Am -- December 19, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 18. OLYMPIAN Chad Carvin had no trouble at all as he cruised to victory in the 1000 yard freestyle on the first night of competition at the Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am meet in Oklahoma City.

The 29 year-old veteran representing Mission Viejo clocked 8:52.81 for the 1000, lapping the entire field and outdistancing his nearest competitor by almost 32 seconds.

The women's race was a lot closer, but 16 year-old Justine Schluntz, swimming for the Duke Swim Club in New Mexico, emerged the winner with a margin of four seconds. Schluntz clocked a pr 9:57.21.

Finishing in eighth place was 41 year-old Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, whose 10:20.45 was not only a national Masters mark for women 40-44, but it was also a lifetime best by two-plus seconds for the ever-youthful Pipes-Neilsen.

In the 800 free relay, 17 year-old Codie Hansen turned in the most noteworthy swim. The Dallas Mustangs' lead-off swimmer clocked 1:48.12 to give her team a lead it never relinquished, as it finished in 7:21.60.

Results: Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am