2013-2014 Chesapeake Pro-Am to Award More Prize Money than Grand Prixs

The unique 22nd-annual Elite Pro-Am Swim Meet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, hosted by the Chesapeake Swim Club runs this weekend from December 19th-22nd, 2013.

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This event pits pros from around the country with local club teams (largely from Oklahoma, Texas, and other surrounding states), with prize money on the line. In addition, it brings the pros together for a day of community service, a post-meet party/dinner and really centers itself around the opportunities of the club teams in attendance to access and interact with their professional counterparts.

Prize Money

In individual events aside from the 1650 freestyle, the prizes for professional athletes will be:

  • First – $600
  • Second – $300
  • Third – $100

In the 1650, the prizes for the top three finishing pros will be:

  • First – $1,200
  • Second – $300
  • Third – $100

And in the multi-round 50 freestyle shootout, the prizes for the winners will be:

  • First – $1,200
  • Second – $600
  • Third – $200

In other words, this meet will give out more prize money than a stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. Pro athletes are limited to 4 entries at the meet, and no scratches are allowed by them.

Amateur athletes will compete for “prize credits” which they can turn in for prizes, that will not exceed $300.

With that much cash on the line, it’s no wonder that this meet is to be well attended. The likes of Ashley SteenvoordenAndi MurezArianna Vanderpool-WallaceDax HillZach McGinnis, Aaron WayneDarian Townsend, our own Jared SmithAlex CovilleBobby BollierKatie MeiliHaley SpencerKelsi HallMike AlexandrovCarl MickelsonBJ JohnsonNaoya TomitaSean MahoneySam Woodward, our own Hannah SaizJosh SchneiderAdam ManiaEllis Miller, and the 14-year old pro Michael Andrew will all be in attendance.

This year, the top race could be the men’s 100 breaststroke, with a deep roster of pros competing for the cash. In addition to those pros, some ‘elite amateurs’ will be competing at this year’s meet, with a big contingent coming in from California. That includes swimmers like Katie McLaughlin and Brooke Lorentzen. The Schroeder YMCA, with two pros attending (Mania and Saiz), will have some good juniors at the meet, including freestyler Alexandra Meyers.

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6 years ago

Snitchas, get that money!

6 years ago

Go Dax!!!

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