Feigen, Bispo win 50 freestyle shootouts at KMSC Pro-Am Day 3

by Ian Murphy 0

December 20th, 2014 Club, News, Previews & Recaps

Note: There are two 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 recap is about the KMSC Pro-Am


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.


The third day of the KMSC Invite provided excitement in the form of the 50 freestyle shootouts. the bracket style shootouts paid out big to the professional athletes as well, with $1,200 going to the winner, $600 to second place, and $200 to third.

The top four swimmers advanced to the shootout rounds. On the women’s side Karlee Bispo of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics paced the field with a 22.56, Katie McLaughlin of Mission Viejo Nadador posted a 22.71 for the number two seed, Annie Miller of Dads Club Swim Team hit a 22.82, followed by Lauren Pitzer of Lake Side Aquatics Club in 22.95 to round out the top four.

Pitzer scratched from the shootout rounds of the 50 freestyle, so her 22.95 was good for fifth. Sixteen year old Michael Thibert of SwimMAC Elite was the highest men’s finisher outside the top four. Thibert finished in 20.54.

Bispo touched first in the women’s shootout with a 22.14. McLaughlin was next with a 22.62.  Miller was 22.96 for third, and Gillian Saint John of Lobo Aquatics Club was fourth in 23.05, after getting the nod because of Pitzer’s scratch.

The men’s side saw Jimmy Feigen post the top seed in 19.76 for the New York Athletic Club. Bjoern Hornikel, a former Alabama swimmer, posted a 19.96 for the number two seed. Ellis Miller of West Allis Swim Club was third with a 20.13. Feigen’s NYAC teammate, Zach McGinnis, snuck into the fourth spot with a 20.34.

In the shootout round, Feigen was the victor in 19.15, a big margin over Hornikel, who was second in 19.91. Miller was next at 20.03. McGinnis finished in 20.36.

SwimMAC Elite’s Katie Meili continued winning with a victory in the women’s 200 IM. Meili finished over two seconds ahead of the next closest finisher, Bispo, and swam a 32.24 in the breaststroke, compared to Bispo’s 33.33 leg. Meili touched in 1:54.43, Bispo swam a 1:56.61. Bailee Nunn of Springfield Aquatics was third in 2:00.93.

The men’s half of the 200 IM saw Wisconsin graduate Michael Weiss continue rolling with another dominant performance. His 1:43.99 was good for almost a two second margin of victory over Adam Mania of Schroeder YMCA, who swam a 1:45.75. Alexandru Coci of Phoenix Swim Club and a former Alabama All-American took third in 1:46.12.

Meili was just as dominant in her second victory of the evening as she was in the first, touching at 2:09.7 in the 200 breaststroke. Meili went out in 1:01.97, and followed that with a 1:07.74. It was over after the first 100 yards, however, as Gwen Worlton of Schroeder YMCA did not have the firepower to keep up with Meili. Worlton posted a 2:16.65, after going out in 1:05.10. Ashley Pales of Lincoln Select Swimming was third in 2:17.41.

Johnson and Sean Mahoney of Terrapins swim team battled in the men’s half of the 200 yard breaststroke, but Johnson ultimately took the victory in 1:54.10. Mahoney swam a 1:54.82. Johnson went out in 54.76, an used a 59.34 to hold off Mahoney, who split a 55.37 and 59.45. Justin Fletcher of Trojan Swim Club, was third in 2:01.57.

Courtney Caldwell of Ad Astra Area Aquatics won the women’s 100 back in 54.59, over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Elizabeth Jordana of Dads Club Swim Team was second in 56.94.  Carla Gonzalez of the Fort Worth Area Swim Team was third in 57.03.

Eugene Godsoe of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, won the men’s half of the 100 back in 45.25, good for over a second and a half victory over McGinnis and Mania. McGinnis and Mania both touched in 46.95. McGinnis had the advantage at the 50 mark, with a 22.41 compared to Mania’s 22.88. However, Mania’s 24.07 on the back half was better than McGinnis’ 24.54. Miller was third in 46.95

Former North Carolina Tarheel Stephanie Peacock dominated the women’s 500 freestyle, hitting the touchpad in 4:42.67. The Swim Florida athlete and national teamer was almost six full seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Haley Yelle of SwimMAC Elite was second in 4:48.13, followed by Danielle Kudis of Schroeder YMCA in 4:50.76.

Grant Shoults of Mission Viejo Navador downed Weiss by .03 hundredths of a second in the men’s half of the 500. Shoults (4:17.52), charged back on the last 50, splitting a 24.71, to pull off the victory Weiss (4:17.55) split a 25.50. Nicholas Norman of Mission Viejo Nadador was third in 4:20.64.

The Mission Viejo Nadadores won both the women’s and men’s 400 medley relay. On the women’s side, the Nadadores beat Schroeder YMCA to the wall in 3:44.70. Schroeder YMCA touched in 3:44.94. On the men’s side, the Nadadores won in 3:26.98. Lobo Aquatics Club finished second in 3:28.48.

Full results are available here and on Meet Mobile.

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