Licon Doubles, Conger Hits 19.23 at KMSC Pro-Am Day Three

by Shawn Klosterman 0

December 17th, 2017 Club

KING MARLIN SWIM CLUB 2017 PRO-AM CLASSIC

  • December 14-17, 2017
  • LISD Westside Aquatic Center,
  • Lewisville, Texas
  • Psych Sheet
  • Results are available on Meet Mobile
  • Short Course Yards

The 50 Freestyle shoot-out at the King Marlin Pro-Am Classic is a fan favorite as it draws some of the top talent in the world for a chance at the double-sized prize of $1200.

This year the women’s field in the tournament-style bracket was all amateur athletes, with the final round a battle between two SEC commits. Springfield Aquatics’ Molly Moore turned in a 23.47 for the final round to fall short of unseating the defending Pro-Am Champion in the event, Megan Keil, who touched at 22.70 for the repeat. These two girls will certainly meet again in the future while on the rosters with Mizzou and Arkansas. LRAD’s Angel Ke snuck past LOBO’s Sara Vianco for third, 23.46 to 23.60.

The men’s shoot out saw eventual champion Jack Conger get faster in every round, finally taking the crown when his 19.23 bested fellow Longhorn standout Tripp Cooper who landed a 19.86 for the $600 second place prize. Michigan commit Patrick Callan from Trident hit 20.78 in the final round to keep ATAC’s Seth Bailey and his 21.16 off the podium.

The women’s 200 IM was the second win of the meet for Little Rock’s Allie Rogers, taking the event over Sandpipers’ Grace Siebmann, 2:03.92 to 2:04.85. COM’s Molly Wright took third with 2:05.64. The men’s IM was another win for Will Licon who blasted a 1:44.57. Teo D’Alessandro claimed second with 1:46.67 and top amateur Ben Patton from Wichita Swim Club was third with 1:48.72.

Reese Hazan from Sandpipers of Nevada claimed her first win on the weekend by almost three seconds in the 200 Breast with a big lifetime best 2:18.63. Lakeside’s Jenna Watson and Texas Ford’s Kiara Xanthos rounded out the podium with 2:21.50 and 2:21.93 respectively.

The men’s 200 Breast was another $600 prize for Will Licon, who was just short of the Meet Record with an impressive 1:52.91. On his heels was Chuck Katis who hit 1:53.69, followed by Wichita’s Ben Patton who claimed third for the second time on the night behind the pro’s with 2:00.98.

Sandpipers’ Reese’s Hazan took her second win of the night by a much closer margin in the 100 Back, out-touching Wichita Swim Club’s Astrid Dirkzwager 55.34 to 55.49. Springfield’s Molly Moore joined them under 56 with a 55.73 for third.

Bryce Bohman was in a class by himself in the 100 Back, taking the event in 46.46. Once again, Wichita’s Ben Patton was the top amateur, but this time for second place with 49.88. Fond Du Lac Swim Club’s Andrew Rodriguez claimed third with 50.99.

The women’s 500 Free podium was identical to the 1000 Free on Thursday, with Ashley Twichell (4:39.77,) Erica Sullivan (4:42.85,) and Chloe Freeman (4:51.52) finishing in the same order. The men’s 500 was another win for Clark Smith at 4:22.79, with Sandpipers’ teammates Joseph Gutierrez and Brennan Gravley duking it out for the runner-up position, with Gutierrez coming out on top with 4:27.56 to Gravley’s 4:27.81.

Sandpipers of Nevada claimed both the men’s and women’s 400 Medley Relay titles. Hazan, Emma Breslin, Freeman and Victoria Gutierrez won the women’s race in 3:46.90, while the men’s squad of Nicholas Becker, Ahmed Mohamed, David Miller and Joseph Gutierrez combined for 3:25.80.

Sunday finals in Lewisville begin at 4:30pm CST with the 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 50 Fly, 200 Free Relay and the 1650 Free.

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