MISSION VIEJO, June 21. FORMER University of Kentucky
All-America/SoutheastConference champ Rachel Komisarz and Olympian Chad Carvin were the winners of the 800 free here this evening on the opening night of the TYR Meet of Champions.
Komisarz, whose pr is 8:43.03 from last summer's Olympic Trials, won in 8:47.42. Runner-up was Scottsdale's Emily Mason (8:50.16) and third was
Boulder's Anne Stein (8:53.63).
Carvin, who will represent the United States at next month's World Championships in Fukuoka in the 800 free, won his specialty in 8:05.41 to 8:10.71 for Canada's Tim Peterson. Third for St. Petersburg Aquatics was Georgia All-America Robert Margalis (8:13.91).
Margalis will also join Carvin in Japan, swimming the 1500 free and 200 IM.
Carvin's time was about four seconds off the meet record of 8:01.88 by Japanese Olympian Masato Hirano from last year. That swim is still Hirano's pr, the Japanese and Asian records, and ranked him 11th globally.
Carvin withdrew from the balance of the meet after his swim due to medical problems. He is scheduled to have four impacted wisdom teeth removed today.
"That was a solid swim for me as the last 24 hours have been really tough," he said.
Carvin said he decided to pull out after seeking treatment for a toothache that had kept him up all night Wednesday. He said, however, he will be ready for the World Championships.
His coach, Mission Viejo's Bill Rose, also had to pull out to attend a funeral for his mother-in-law in Iceland.
– Bill Bell