Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am: Josh Schneider, Andrea Georoff Win 50 Free Shoot-Outs; Anthony Ervin Returns

By David Rieder

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 17. THE third night of the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am featured 50 free shoot-outs which led up to two-person finals for both the men and women. The men's field included Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 50 free, who recently returned to the pool.

In the men's 50 free final, SwimMAC's Josh Schneider took down Ervin, representing Cal, 19.28 to 19.42. Ervin is swimming in his first national-level meet since retiring in early 2004 following tying Gary Hall, Jr. for the Olympic gold in the 50 free in 2000 and sweeping the 50 and 100 free at the 2001 World Championships. In the B-final, Tucson Ford's Simon Burnett took third in 19.53, ahead of the 19.84 that Stanford's Jason Dunford posted. Both Ervin (19.41) and Burnett (19.46) swam faster in the semi-final round.

SwimMAC's Andrea Georoff won the women's 50 free shoot-out in 22.46, just ahead of Longhorn's Jackie Vavrez. Vavrez came in at 22.58, while Rockwood's Caroline Rodriguez edged SMU's Genevieve Konicke in the B-final for third place, 23.29 to 23.42.

Minnetonka's David Plummer came out on top of a fast field in the men's 100 back, clocking 45.89. Plummer won the U.S. National title in the 100 back in 2010 and finished fifth at the World Championships earlier this year. MAC's Eugene Godsoe edged Schroeder Y's Adam Mania for second, 46.17 to 46.26, while Daytona Beach's Rex Tullius finished fourth in 46.73.

Minnesota's Jillian Tyler completed the breaststroke sweep with her win in the 200 breast in 2:09.04. Tyler won the NCAA title in the 100 breast earlier this year and finished fourth in the 200 breast. Fort Worth's Anna Linkenauger finished well back in second in 2:18.43, just ahead of the 2:18.86 that Kansas City Blazers' Sydney Angell posted.

Trojan's John Criste matched Tyler's feat with a win in the men's 200 breast, clocking 1:54.35. Meanwhile, FAST's Ed Moses came in second at 1:54.99. Moses, who finished fourth in the 100 breast on Friday, is another 2000 Olympian on the comeback trail. ASK's Matt Lowe ended up third, clocking 1:55.87.

FAST's Whitney Burnett won the women's 200 IM in 1:57.14, obliterating her closest competition by more than four seconds. Burnett, previously Whitney Myers, won the Pan Pacific Championship in this event back in 2006. Fort Worth's Julia Anderson touched second in 2:01.24, and MAC's Kate Mills came in third at 2:01.46. Burnett doubled up in the 100 back, winning in 53.46, while Rodriguez touched out Konicke for second, 54.11 to 54.12.

FAST's Emily Brunemann earned her third win of the meet in the women's 500 free, holding off a challenge from Mission Viejo's Ashley Twitchell in a repeat of the finish from the 1000 free on Thursday night. Brunemann clocked 4:43.16, to Twitchell's 4:43.61. Anderson grabbed a third-place finish in 4:44.90.

FAST's Robert Margalis won the men's 200 IM in 1:44.53, adding to his win in the 400 IM on Friday. Wildcat's Alex Tyler grabbed second in 1:45.11, and Mania finished third in 1:45.54. Auburn's Robert Looney took the men's 500 free in 4:25.56, while Mission Viejo's JP Arnold touched second in 4:27.36. Arnold's teammate Logan Redondo rounded out the top three in 4:29.96.

Results from the women's and men's 400 medley relays were not available at press time.