Jimmy Feigen, Amanda Kendall Win Big on Final Night of 2015 Bill Nixon Memorial Meet

2015’s edition of the annual Bill Nixon Memorial Swim Meet came to a close yesterday, with solid swims from both age groups and pros alike.

Sunday’s action was highlighted by the new 50 Free Shootout format, which, for the first time, included a cash prize. Prelims for the 15 and over 50 free was on Saturday morning, with the top 32 female and top 32 male finishers moving on to Saturday evening’s quarterfinals.  Then, the top 16 female and top 16 male finishers from that quarter-final round moved onto the semi-finals, which took place Sunday morning.  From, there, the top 8 women and top 8 men were decided and moved into the final shootout race, which took place during Sunday evening finals.

Amanda Kendall threw down a speedy 25.08 to take the 15 and over women’s title, bettering her time of 25.46 50 free mark from the previous round.  Kendall’s performance is a personal best, as she eclipsed her previous number one time of 25.50 from the 2014 Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa (then called the Mesa Grand Prix).  24-year old Liliana Ibanez Lopez was the night’s 15 and over 50 free runner-up with her time of 25.72 and was closely followed by 3rd place finisher, Bulgaria’s Nina Rangelova, who also scored her best time of 2015 in a solid 25.77.

The men saw USA National Teamer Jimmy Feigen come out on top, swimming away with the title in a time of 22.45.  This was just over a tenth slower than the 22.35 Feigen clocked at the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series this past January.  North Texas Nadadores’ Brett Ringgold earned 2nd place in the race, touching the wall in 22.93, his best time since the 22.97 he registered at 2013 Junior Nationals.  17-year old Jeremy Nichols settled for 3rd in the race in a time of 23.80.

Other 15 and over winners on the night included Lakeside Aquatics Club’s Lauren PItzer, who wrangled in the victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:03.14.  Pitzer’s best time of 2015 thus far is the 2:01.98 she pulled out at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte just last month.  For the men, it was Mansfield Aquatic Club’s Cory Loria who took home the win, topping the field in a time of 1:57.79.

Professional swimmer Megan Romano won the 15 and over 100 backstroke in a comfortable 1:03.31, while Texas Ford Aquatics’ Jacob DeMercurio edged out the men’s field in a time of 58.19 for first place.  For DeMercurio, this marks just the 2nd time the 17-year old has dipped beneath the 1:00-threshold, having previously clocked a best time of 57.82 at Speedo Sectionals in March of this year.

On the under 15 scene, Andrew Rogers claimed additional victories to bring his meet’s total individual wins to 7 in all.  Rogers closed out his monster competition with a 200 freestyle first place finish in 2:16.40, along with a 100 backstroke win in 1:11.64.  Texas Ford Aquatics’ Abigail Koczo wrangled in two wins herself on the final session, topping the field in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, registering times of 2:08.72 and 1:06.73, respectively.

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samuel huntington
5 years ago

adding Amanda Kendall to the list of potential 4×100 relay swimmers, only been training since the beginning of the year and already 25.0

bobo gigi
Reply to  samuel huntington
5 years ago

That’s a great swim for her and a huge confidence boost.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Unfortunately not the same for Megan Romano. 🙁
26.17 in the 50 free
55.45 in the 100 free
1.03.31 in the 100 back

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Despite being the last world silver medalist, Jimmy Feigen has not been picked today by swimswam in its men’s 100 free world championships preview. Even not in the top 8. I think he will remember that. 🙂 Sacrilege? I can’t really blame swimswam. Based on his performances last year, that’s tough to pick him. At least for a medal. On the other hand I remember reading an interview of him on the USA swimming website 3 months ago and he said that he had taken 2014 as a cool season in terms of training to finish his education at Texas and that he was now totally focused on swimming and ready to train harder than ever to be at the… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Thats nice to hear, the USA needs him at his absolute best.
By the way, what are your predictions on the 100 freestyle for the world champs?

bobo gigi
Reply to  MIKE
5 years ago

I still need a few more weeks before posting my predictions for these world championships.
But it looks like anything can happen for gold.
A Russian rocket unbeatable at home named Morozov.
An olympic champion named Adrian who shows people who is still the best.
An Australian named McEvoy who says: “It’s my time now.”
A huge Chinese surprise named Zetao even we already know his potential.
Right now, I would say McEvoy but the Russians probably concoct us huge things at home. And I think that Adrian has more 2016 as ultimate goal.

5 years ago

Jimmy Feigen has been very quiet recently. Is this his first meet of 2015???

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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