INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 25. CAMMILE Adams of Aggie Swimming defended her title in the women's 200-meter fly to kick off the USA Swimming National, World Championship Trials at the IU Nat this evening.
Adams posted a blistering time of 2:08.10 to jump into seventh in the world rankings this year. However, in a post-race interview she shoved off talk of the time, and the Olympian is obviously focused on much bigger things now that she's earned a spot on the squad. 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.
Mission Viejo's Kathryn McLaughlin, 15, rounded out the top three with a time of 2:10.41 as she won the battle of the 15 year olds against Clearwater's Becca Mann (2:10.46). That's just off McLaughlin's lifetime best of 2:10.37 from the Austin stop of the Arena Grand Prix in January 2013. Mann, meanwhile, took down her personal best of 2:10.83 from the Orlando stop of the Grand Prix from February. These two definitely have the look of the future of the stroke for the U.S., and have plenty of time to mature before 2016 Rio Games.
California's Caitlin Leverenz (2:11.16), PASA's Jasmine Tosky (2:11.29), Mount Pleasant's Megan Kingsley (2:11.45) and Flint's Courtney Weaver (2:12.79) also competed in the finale.
Kingfish's Madison Wright held off the pack in the B final with a time of 2:11.18 to win the heat. That swim clipped her previous best of 2:11.28 from the 2012 Junior Nationals.
In the C final, NCAP's Cassidy Bayer, just 13, ran down Ally Howe for the win, 2:11.44 to 2:11.96. Both swims were lifetime bests with Bayer blasting her previous top time of 2:13.14 set at the Virginia State Championships just a month ago.