Komisarz, Margalis Continue Dominance at Kerr-McGee Pro-Am

By Jason Marsteller

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 16. BOTH Rachel Komisarz and Robert Margalis are enjoying their time in Oklahoma City, Okla., as both have pocketed a trio of first-place checks at the Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am held from Dec. 15-17.

Women's 200 IM
16-year-old Spindrift Beck, who might have one of the coolest names in the sport, topped all the veterans in the championship heat with a sub-2-minute time of 1:59.32. Tanica Jamison snagged silver in 2:01.61, while Danielle Townsend took third in 2:03.18.

Men's 200 IM
Coming off an upset win over Brendan Hansen last night, Mark Gangloff picked up another first-place check with a 1:45.03. Meanwhile, Adam Mania took silver in 1:45.44, while Doug Van Wie pocketed third place in 1:45.90.

Women's 200 Breaststroke
Megan Jendrick eased in to win the 200 breast in 2:10.52 to accomplish a breast sweep after taking the 100 breast yesterday. Spindrift Beck finished second in 2:12.24, while Micah Lawrence placed third in 2:15.29.

Men's 200 Breaststroke
Brendan Hansen exacted some revenge on Mark Gangloff by snagging gold in 1:54.44. That time came just .1 seconds short of breaking the meet and pool record set by Swimming World Magazine's own Dave Denniston in 2002. Gangloff turned in a second-place time of 1:56.86, while 17-year-old John Criste rounded out the top three in 1:58.03.

Women's 100 Backstroke
Tanica Jamison easily won the 100 back in 55-flat to hold off a pair of 16-year-olds for gold. Meghan Dwyer took second in 56.46, while Cassie Cunningham finished third in 56.77.

Men's 100 Backstroke
Doug Van Wie powered to a win in the 100 back by touching in 46.30. Meanwhile, Adam Mania finished second in 47.22, while David Cromwell placed third in 47.46.

Women's 500 Freestyle
Rachel Komisarz continued to cash first-place checks, this time with her third title of the meet in 4:42.83. Sachiko Yamada garnered silver in 4:46.46, while Micah Lawrence took third in 4:48.57.

Men's 500 Freestyle
Robert Margalis also pocketed his third first-place prize by clocking a 4:17.02 in the middle-distance event. Sergiy Fesenko, a student coach at Indiana University, came in second in 4:19.44, while Jayme Cramer placed third in 4:24.81.

Margalis broke a meet and pool record of 4:17.36 previously set by Josh Davis in 1998.

50 Freestyle Shoot-Outs
In the tournament-style 50 freestyle shoot-outs, 16-year-old hometown swimmer Samantha Woodward knocked off Betsy Webb for the women's title, while Neil Walker edged Camilo Becerra by .01 seconds to win the men's crown.

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