Kwasny, Walker Win Two on Day 3 of Kerr-McGee; Carvin Swims 4:14 for 500 Free -- December 21, 2003
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 20. FORMER USC star Michala Kwasny and former Texas standout Neil Walker each won two events today, the third day of competition at the Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am meet in Oklahoma City. But the outstanding performance of the day -- and of the meet thus far -- was Chad Carvin's 4:14.85 in the 500 yard free.
Kwasny, swimming for NOVA, began the day with an impressive win in the 200 IM, as she just out-touched Texas senior Tanica Jamison, 1:58.74 to 1:58.78. The ex-Trojan barely missed breaking Jenny Thompson's meet record of 1:58.62 set five years ago.
Kwasny was only a second off her PR of 1:57.60 from the 2001 NCAAs while Jamison easily swaam her lifetime best. Caroline Bruce, the top qualifier at 2:02.85, finished third in 2:00.77.
Colleen Lanne, NOVA, won her second event of the meet, just nipping 16 year-old Dana Vollmer in the 50 free, 22.63 to 22.67. Erin Phenix, a 2000 Olympian, was third in 22.83. Finishing 11th was Brigitte Heuer, at 43, the oldest competitor here. Heuer swam a PR 24.28.
Caroline Bruce picked up her second gold medal of the meet, again defeating 2000 Olympian Staciana Stitts. This time the 17 year-old's win came in the 200 breast, where she clocked 2:11.95 to the Cal senior's 2:13.99.
Tanica Jamison, who is having a terrific meet, swam a PR 54.28 to take the 100 yard backstroke with ease. Her Texas Aquatics teammate, Susan Woessner, was second in 55.09 followed, in a surprise, by Dana Vollmer at 55.29.
Kwasny took her second gold of the day, but again it did not come easy.
In the 500 free, the former USC All-American out-duelled Codie Hansen, 17, and Lanne, winner of the 200 free yesterday. At the wall it was Kwasny, 4:47.54; Hansen, 4:48.98; and Lanne, 4:49.29.
Wichita won the 400 medley relay in 3:50.82.
Nate Dusing, who holds the American record in the 200 IM at 1:42.85, won that event here in a more modest 1:48.51. James Wike, second in the 400 IM yesterday, was a much closer second today, touching in 1:49.25.
Neil Walker swam the only sub-20 seconds 50 yards tonight for the win with a time of 19.87. NOVA's Gabe Woodward was second in 20.07.
Dave Denniston, who won the 100 breast yesterday in 53.90, glided to victory today in the 200 breast in 1:56.78. Val Kalmikovs was almost four seconds behind at 2:00.46.
The Old Guys swept the 100 fly, led by Walker at 47.14, more than a second off his meet record of 45.89. Dusing was second in 48.22, with Wike earning bronze in 48.97.
Carvin carved out his third gold medal of the meet -- he had won the 1000 free on opening night and the 400 IM yesterday -- by turning in the best performance of the meet while winning the 400 free in 4:14.85. The time shattered Josh Davis' meet mark of 4:17.36 from 1998.
To finish the meet for this day, SMU won the men's 400 medley relay in a aMR 3:23.39, taaking almost three seconds off the previous standard of 3:26.12 by Circle C last year.
Results: Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am