INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 25. STANFORD'S Maya Dirado talks about the circumstances that led to becoming a member of the world championship team in the 200 butterfly at the 2013 USA Swimming nationals.
In the interview, Dirado says she has only swam the 200 fly "three times in two or three years," and that she only got the Nationals cut last month at the Arena Grand Prix Santa Clara. Shockingly, Dirado only entered in the 200 fly at World Champ Trials this weekend because she needed an extra event.
Women's 200 fly recap: Camille Adams defended her title in the event. posting a blistering time of 2:08.10 to jump into seventh in the world rankings this year. Adams vaulted ahead of Canada's Katerine Savard (2:08.34) for seventh in the world with her swim.
Stanford's Maya DiRado continued what has been a remarkable season in the 200 fly, as she's focused on the event for the first time since 2008. She dropped a swift time of 2:09.12 to also clear the FINA A cut for the second spot on Team USA. Heading into this year, her best time in the event had been a 2:14.57 from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. This year, she's experienced almost age-group level drops working with head coach Greg Meehan in the event.