AUSTIN, Texas, June 3. QUICK 200 butterfly swims by Michael Phelps and Cammile Adams highlighted the final night of racing at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin.
Cammile Adams of Aggie Swim Club earned her second win in as many nights with a sizzling 2:07.35 in the women's 200 fly, not far off her best time of 2:06.76 that she swam in January at this same pool. Longhorn's Kathleen Hersey led at the halfway point but faded to second in 2:08.45. Caroline McElhany, also out of Aggie Swim Club, finished third in 2:11.80.
Michael Phelps looks to be right on track for London after a dominating swim in the men's 200 fly. Phelps cruised to a time of 1:54.79, the third fastest time in the world this year behind Takeshi Matsuda (1:54.01) and Nick D'Arcy (1:54.71). Phelps' previous best time this year had been a 1:55.32 from the Columbus Grand Prix in March. Club Wolverine's Wu Peng, who has challenged Phelps in this event recently, couldn't keep up tonight and finished in 1:56.71. Neil Caskey took third in 1:59.82.
After setting an NCAA and American record in the 100-yard breast this March, Aggie Swim Club's Breeja Larson has shown steady improvement in long course in recent months. Tonight, she out-touched Longhorn's Laura Sogar, 1:08.08 to 1:08.15, after both swimmers turned even at the 50 in 32.79. North Baltimore's Annie Zhu touched third in 1:10.33.
In the men's 100 breast, Longhorn's Brendan Hansen built a commanding lead and swam away from the pack with a final time of 1:01.16. Cougar's Nicolas Fink separated himself for second with a 1:02.62 while Longhorn's Eric Friedland placed third in 1:03.77.
The women's 100 back, which is already shaping up to be one of the most competitive events at Trials in a few weeks, just got even more competitive. Megan Romano of Athens Bulldog swam a 1:00.19, tied for the 12th fastest swim in the world this year and right in the mix with the top American times year. It should be a very fast final in Omaha to say the least. Romano's teammate, Kristen Shickora, finished second in 1:01.81, just ahead of Mizzou's Dominique Bouchard (1:01.95).
Matt Thompson of Stanford took home the men's 100 back title with a 55.88, out-touching a trio of swimmers in Patrick Murphy (56.01), George Bovell (56.06) and Kip Darmody (56.08).
Longhorn's Karlee Bispo sliced three seconds off her preliminary time to win the women's 200 IM in 2:13.32 with Shannon Vreeland of Athens Bulldog right behind (2:13.80). St. Petersburg's Melanie Margalis rounded out the podium with a 2:15.28. Bradley Ally of Club Wolverine garnered the men's title with a 2:00.80. Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore was second (2:02.36) and Austin Surhoff, swimming unattached, was third (2:02.73).
Wendy Trott of Athens Bulldog claimed the women's 800 free title in 8:29.21, three seconds in front of North Baltimore's Gillian Ryan (8:32.46). Sarah Henry of Aggie Swim Club took third in 8:41.72. Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine earned the men's 1500 free title with a 15:16.84, with Badger's Ryan Feeley (15:20.78) and SwimAtlanta's Will Freeman (15:48.18) rounding out the podium.