17-Year Old Nicholas Norman Swims 8:54 in 1000 Free to Kick Off KMSC Pro-Am in Oklahoma City

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 11

December 18th, 2014 Club, News

Note: there are two fantastic Pro-Am meets this week in Oklahoma City; we’ll identify them by their host teams: KMSC (King Marlin Swim Club) and AESC (American Energy Swim Club). This release is about the KMSC Pro-Am.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The 2014 Pro-Am Classic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, hosted by the King Marlin Swim Club, began on Thursday evening with two relays (200 medley, 800 free) and the individual 1000 yard freestyle events.

Prize Structure

In the professional divisions, the top three pro athletes in Championship Finals will receive a cash prize BASED ON THEIR ABSOLUTE FINISH in individual events as follows:

  1. $600
  2. $300
  3. $100

The winner’s prize is doubled for the 1650 free to $1,200, as do prize winnings in eight “bounty events” if the OCCC Pool Record is broken:

Women Bounty Events:
Day 1- 1000 Free Pool Record 2009 Chloe Sutton – 9:26.58
Day 2- 100 Fly 2007 Rachel Komisarz – 50.88
Day 3- 500 Free 2004 Rachel Komisarz – 4:36.80
Day 4- 200 back 2007 Kristy Coventry – 1:52.88

Men Bounty Events:
Day 1- 1000 Free 2006 Robert Margalis – 8:46.77
Day 2 – 100 Fly 2007 Ian Crocker – 45.60
Day 3 – 500 Free 2003 Chad Carvin – 4:14.56
Day 4 – 100 Free 2002 Jason Lezak – 42.22

The 50 free shootout, in a bracket-style format, will award $1,200 to the winner, $600 to the runner-up, and $200 to the 3rd-place finisher.

Pros are limited to 4 individual entries for the meet, and amateur athletes can also accrue “Amateur Points” for prizes, in allowance with NCAA rules.

Day 1 Recap

In the women’s 1000 free, the lone pro, Swim Florida’s Stephanie Peacock, won in 9:35.73 to earn the first prize money of the meet.

She was able to out-race Danielle Kudis of the Schroeder YMCA (10:02.81) and 15-year old Logan Shiller from the Houston Swim Club (10:05.94). That swim from Shiller ranks her as the 10th-fastest 15 & under in the country so far this season.

In the men’s race, a mild upset of sorts came as Mission Viejo 17-year old Nicholas Norman put in an 8:54.28 to beat out his pro teammate Arturo Perez-Vertti (9:08.54).

That swim for Norman was his lifetime best by three seconds and moves him up to 7th on the all-time 17-18 age group rankings in the event.

Mission Viejo, legendary for their distance program, took the top 6 spots in this race, with Shane Forker (9:11.25), Matthew Hales (9:21.89), pro Dan O’Connor (9:24.56), and Keyan Boniadi (9:38.49) finishing the Nadadores’ run.

Relay event results:

  • In the women’s 200 medley, the Schroeder YMCA won with a 1:44.46 on a relay of Sydnie HorneGwen Worlton, SwimSwam contributor Hannah Saiz, and Danielle Kudis. All four legs of that relay were very impressive. Horne led off in 27.82, Worlton swam a 28.61 on the breaststroke, Saiz split 24.4 on the fly, and Kudis, off of her distance success, showed range with a 23.60 anchor. Mission Viejo took 2nd, with a 23.99 fly leg from National Teamer Katie McLaughlin, and Houston’s Dads Club took 3rd in 1:45.91.
  • A relay from SMU won the men’s 200 medley in 1:34.61, touching out the Jasper County Killer Whales in 1:35.63. Mission Viejo was just out-touched for that silver medal, as they took 3rd in 1:35.68
  • In the women’s 800 free relay, Mission Viejo won running-away in 7:19.24 with a relay of Samantha SheltonSydney FranzenKendal Guy, and Katie McLaughlin. McLaughlin anchored the team in 1:45.99. This time, it was Dads Club who took 2nd with a 7:37.05, including a 1:49.44 second leg from Texas A&M commit Alex Buscher. Ad Astra Area Aquatics, based in Kansas, was 3rd in 7:39.31.
  • The Mission Viejo men won by a similar margin, posting a 6:40.99 thanks to the team of Norman (1:39.69) Marc Morizono (1:42.93), Perez-Vertti (1:41.42), and Grant Shoults (1:36.95). They actually took the top two spots in this relay, with their B swimming a 6:56.43 to just beat-out SMU’s A in 6:56.64.

Full Meet Results available on Meet Mobile.

 

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swimmerthattheyhurt
7 years ago

No um “The Amazing John Brown” quite and left us all standing there. And the team split up and KMS is the name not KMSC they treat me and my teamates like crap. One of there coaches kicked me in the knee before a race that I was faster in then their fasted swimmer at the Marlin Classic Josh Everett didn’t apologize or anything ( I have a knee injury now and might never be able to breaststroke again). I just want to say they aren’t a good swimming environment for you’re kids and I just want to keep them safe.

tiredbleachermom
7 years ago

The KMSC Pro-Am is larger. It lists 763 swimmers in the meet program. I do not know the number of swimmers at the AE Pro-Am, but do know that in the events I have looked at there are definitely more entries in the KMSC. For example, at KMSC there were 138 swimmers in women’s 100 fly and 205 swimmers in men’s 50 free. At the AE Pro-Am there were 41 swimmers in the women’s 100 fly and 83 in the 50 free.

Super Fly
7 years ago

It should be noted that 14 year old Nadadores Samantha Shelton, lead off that 800 free relay with a blistering 1:47.38, which I think was the second fastest split after MVN’s McLaughin.

Super Fly
7 years ago

Indeed there is a visible dilution of talent for this meet, especially when you compare the psych sheets for these competing Oklahoma meets. For teams that traveled great distances, and mistakenly skipped Jr. Nationals in lieu of these meets, the unforeseen competitive diltion has to be disappointing.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

And you have another likely fast meet this weekend in California with Speedo Winter Sectionals.
Ella Eastin, Maxime Rooney and also Abbey Weitzeil entered in the 50 free and 200 free.
Psych sheets.
http://www.socalswim.org/meets/files/0d826a2a9cfc4677b0c47c80a1a5ebb7/2014-dec-sectional-psych-sheet-rev04.pdf

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Off topic but I give some news about Allison Schmitt.
She swam in her first SCY meet of the season last weekend in Baltimore.
48.46 in the 100 free
1.45.46 in the 200 free
4.44.95 in the 500 free

SwimSam
7 years ago

How many swimmers (non-pros) are attending each meet?

Curious
7 years ago

Just curious….what is the story with there being two Pro-Am’s in OKC on the same weekend? I used to swim at the old Kerr McGee pro am 15 years ago and really enjoyed the meet. Seems odd to me that there would be conflicting events on the same weekend in the same city that splits up the talent.

Curious
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Thanks!

swimmerthattheyhurt
Reply to  Curious
7 years ago

No um “The Amazing John Brown” quite and left us all standing there. And the team split up and KMS is the name not KMSC they treat me and my teamates like crap. One of there coaches kicked me in the knee before a race that I was faster in then their fasted swimmer at the Marlin Classic Josh Everett didn’t apologize or anything ( I have a knee injury now and might never be able to breaststroke again). I just want to say they aren’t a good swimming environment for you’re kids and I just want to keep them safe.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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