OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 19. IT was "Old Timers Day" on Day Two of the Kerr-McGee Elite Pro-Am meet today, as veteran swimmers took six of the eight individual events contested. The day's competition featured three impressive new meet records.
Only two up-and-coming teenage girls — Caroline Bruce, 17, and Dana Vollmer, 16 — prevented a complete sweep by the vets.
Texas grad Colleen Lanne, 26, just managed to hold off a determined Dana Vollmer to take the 200 yard freestyle in a meet record 1:44.97. Vollmer followed in 1:45.37. The old mark of 1:45.20 was set in 1998 by Jenny Thompson. Lanne led all the way, though never by much, as she split 51.63 – 53.34; Vollmer split 51.79 – 53.58.
Wichita's Caroline Bruce zipped to a convincing win in the 100 yard breaststroke over 2000 Olympian Staciana Stitts, 1:01.01 to 1:01.81. Bruce first lowered Amanda Beard's meet record of 1:01.18 from 2001 in prelims to 1:01.01, then took it down another tenth in the finals.
FAST's Dana Vollmer made sure the 100 fly outcome would never be in doubt as she zipped to a 53.10 time, well in front of 15 year-old Ashton Aubry, Kansas City Blazers, who touched in 55.21. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, 41, who qualified eighth, moved up to fifth in the finals with a strong 57.25, just off her national Masters record in the 40-44 age group.
The 400 IM was a two-woman affair right from the get-go, but NOVA's Michala Kwasny, 23, never let Caroline Bruce get close enough to put the ultimate outcome in question. The USC grad finished in 4:12.85 to the teen's 4:15.85.
The Dallas Mustangs finished one-two in the 400 free relay, the A Team touching in 3:25.39 with all four girls splitting 51s, and the B Team touching four seconds back (3:29.79).
Olympian Nate Dusing won the 200 free handily, winning by three seconds over Gabe Woodward, but his 1:36.73 was still some three seconds off his own meet mark of 1:33.76 from last year.
It was the same story in the 100 breast with NOVA's Dave Denniston gliding to a two-and-a-half second victory in 53.90, but he was well off his own meet standard of 52.60 from last year.
Grads dominated the 100 fly, taking the top four spots. Neil Walker, the meet record-holder at 46.37 from last year, won in 47.71. His UT and 2000 Olympic team teammate, Tommy Hannan, wass next in 47.93, followed by UT grad Bryan Jones, 48.02, and former NRT member Jarod Schroeder at 49.44.
Mission Viejo's Chad Carvin, 29, became the first two-event winner here when he took the 400 IM in 3:47.77, breaking Ron Karnaugh's meet standard of 3:48.98 from 1998. James Wike was second in 3:54.56. Carvin set a meet record in winning the 1000 free last night.
The Dallas Mustangs took the 400 free relay in 3:10.03.