50 Freestyle Shoot-Out Highlights KMSC Pro-Am Saturday Finals

by Shawn Klosterman 0

December 17th, 2016 Club, News, Previews & Recaps

King Marlin Swim Club Pro-Am Classic

  • December 15-18, 2016
  • Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, Texas
  • Psyche Sheet
  • Results are available on Meet Mobile
  • Short Course Yards

While there were several incredibly exciting races at the Saturday finals session of the 2016 KMSC Pro-Am Classic, the main draw is the popular 50 freestyle shootout, made more intense by the $1200 top prize offered to professional athletes.

The women’s bracket for the 50 free A-final was entirely made up of amateurs, and ended with Jade Kneuppel (23.49) from Schroeder Y out-touching Springfield Aquatic’s Molly Moore (23.73) for 3rd.  The battle for the top spot was taken by Megan Keil from Wichita Aqua Shocks who got faster in every round.  She was the only swimmer below 23 seconds in the event, with her 22.92 defeating LOBO’s Sara Vianco (23.63) head to head.

The third place finish in the men’s 50 free shootout went to ATAC’s Ryan Bailey (21.52,) who won the match-up against FAST’s Brandon Baron (21.54) by just .02.  The race for the overall title featured two professional athletes putting on a show, as Mindaugas Sadauskas took his second win for the weekend at 19.64, ahead of Chuck Katis at 20.30.

Other highlights from Saturday finals:

  • Ashley Twichell and Chip Peterson each claimed their third win of the weekend by taking the 500 freestyles. Peterson won the men’s event in 4:28.68, while Twichell rocked a 4:39.80, which was just shy of two seconds away from the Olympian’s lifetime best.
  • Mallory Underwood from Tri Aquatics fought hard for the close win from behind in the women’s 200 IM.  She finished in 2:04.48, just ahead of Texas Ford Aquatics’ Abigail Koczo at 2:04.65.
  • Former Princeton standout Teo D’Alesandro dropped an impressive 1:45.70 to take the top prize in the men’s 200 IM.
  • 16 year old Lauren Burckel from LOBO won the women’s 200 breast in 2:17.57.
  • Mike Alexandrov and Chuck Katis were neck and neck throughout the entire men’s 200 breast, with Alexandrov’s final 50 making the difference for the win.  He got his hands to the wall in 1:55.65, leaving Katis to settle for runner-up at 1:56.06.
  • Texas Ford’s Camryn Toney cut over two seconds from her original entry time to claim victory in the women’s 100 back with 55.47.
  • Bryce Bohman claimed his first win of the weekend in the 100 back well ahead of the rest of the field at 46.88.
  • The Schroeder Y women extended their sweep of the relays to four wins, taking the 400 free relay in 3:48.44.

Finals continue at 4:30pm Sunday, Central Time with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, 50 back, 1650 free and the 200 free relay.

 

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