COLLEGE STATION, Texas, September 23. TEXAS A&M’s Sarah Henry and Cammile Adams have accepted invites from USA Swimming to be members of Team USA as part of the USA versus European All Stars squad Duel in the Pool competition.
Henry, a versatile junior member of the Aggies swim team that is one of the most dangerous teams in NCAA competition each year, will provide some short course power in the middle-to-distance freestyle events for Team USA — and there might not be a tougher member on the Stars and Stripes. Henry has battled back from several knee injuries including a pair of ACL tears. She’s not going to back down from an international dual meet setup.
While Henry doesn’t have any short course meter competition under her belt, she’s certainly dangerous in short course yard battles. Not many have been faster than her in the 500-yard free (4:33.07), 1650-yard free (15:45.79) and 400-yard IM (4:03.03).
“I am very excited to go to Scotland,” Henry told Swimming World. “It has always been one of the top places I have wanted to visit and I actually have heritage from the country. I have always heard about Duel in the Pool and I think of it as a great opportunity to gain international experience and to also to compete. I am honored to be on Team USA along with my fellow teammate Cammile Adams.”
Adams, meanwhile, has some more international event seasoning than her teammate. Adams sizzled in the women’s 200-meter butterfly event at the 2012 London Olympics, taking fifth in finals at the event. She also has turned up the heat in short course meter competition, but it has been quite some time — 2007 to be exact, when she competed in the CFSC Senior Invitational in Oct. 2007 and still managed to drop a 2:18.43 in the 200-meter fly.
Adams can’t be counted out as a versatile swimmer herself, now in her senior year with Texas A&M as well. She’s definitely put in the time to develop as a dual meet competitor. The NCAA champion will provide Team USA another person to counter the likely addition of Hungarian Iron Woman Katinka Hosszu in the IMs and butterfly events. Adams has some strong yard times in the 400-yard IM (4:01.56), and 200-yard fly (1:52.40).
The Duel in the Pool will take place at the Tollcross International Swimming Center, the home of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland on Dec. 20-21, and will be tape delayed in the U.S. by NBC on Dec. 22.