Davis, Tappin Remain Undefeated At Nike Kerr-McGee Pro-Am -- December 20, 1999
By Kari Lydersen
Oklahoma City, OK - Josh Davis and Ashley Tappin both completed their multi-event undefeated streaks at the Nike Kerr-McGee Pro-Am today, with Tappin winning the women's 100 yard freestyle in 49.74 and Davis taking the men's 200 back in 1:45.33. Davis, a triple gold medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games, wound up with four wins, having earlier won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle, and the 200 IM. Tappin also finished four-for-four, having earlier won the 50 and 200 free and the 100 fly.
National Resident Team member B.J. Bedford won both of her events, and left Oklahoma City $1,200 richer as a result. Today she took the 200 back in 1:56.44, winning by a full six seconds. Yesterday she won the 100 back.
Jason Lezak and Matt Hooper both logged second wins as well on Sunday. Lezak, representing Irvine Nova, won the 100 free in a very fast 42.63, while Hooper took the 1650 in 15:19.91. No one claimed USA Swimming's offer of an extra $2,500 for an American record in the metric mile--both Hooper and the women's winner, Whitney Lynn (16:54.54) were well off the marks.
Jarod Schroeder and Martin Pepper waged a tight duel in the men's 200 fly, with Schroeder, a National Resident Team member, prevailing in the end, 1:48.80 to 1:49.00. Schroeder had previously taken second in the 100 fly and competed in the 50 free shoot-out.
Jana Krohn, Arizona Desert Fox, won the women's 200 fly in 1:59.41. At the very end of the meet, Natalie Coughlin set the pool record in the event when she stroked a speedy 1:56.35 in a time trial.
The combined team title went to the Little Rock Arkansas Dolphins, with 533 points. The Kansas City Blazers were second with 438.5, followed by the host, Kerr-McGee Swim Club, with 402.
Little Rock won the men's title with 362 points, ahead of Kerr-McGee with 304 and the Blazers with 187.5.
The Blazers won the women's team title with 251 points, with Rockwood second (231) and the Academy Texas Aquatic Champions third (228).
The Little Rock men won every relay, taking both first and second in the 200 free rely and setting a meet record in the 400 free relay (3:03.73). Little Rock coach Paul Blair noted that this is the first major meet his team has competed in since they joined forces with the Kansas City Dolphins (under coach Robert Sturman) and began competing as one team.
"This was a nice coming out party for our new partnership," Blair said, noting that the team shaved for the meet.