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OMAHA, Nebraska, June 29. IT has been an outstanding week for Texas A&M head coach Steve Bultman. First, Breeja Larson pulled off a stunning upset of Rebecca Soni in the 100 breast, and now tonight Cammile Adams powered her way to victory in the women's 200 fly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Adams picked up a 1.20-second triumph over Kathleen Hersey in the distance fly with a Trials record time of 2:06.52. That swim bested Elaine Breeden's overall Trials standard of 2:06.75 set in 2008 in Omaha, while also overhauling Mary T. Meagher's Trials textile best of 2:07.53 from back in 1984. Adams also clipped her season and lifetime best of 2:06.76 to remain sixth in the world, and make the Olympic squad after a third-place effort in the women's 400 IM.
Longhorn's Hersey posted her second straight runner-up finish at this meet. In 2008, she lost to Elaine Breeden, 2:06.75 to 2:07.33. This year, she posted a 2:07.72 for the second spot on the team. She ended up going on to an eighth-place finish in the 200 fly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after qualifying for the team.
Kim Vandenberg, a globe-trotting American who often competes and trains in Europe, had her second straight third-place finish with a 2:08.99. She finished fifth in the event in 2004 as well, giving her some close calls. She did, however, earn an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 as a prelim relay swimmer after finishing fifth in the 200 free to get a spot on the 800 free relay.
Teresa Crippen, swimming in her first Trials since brother Fran died tragically in an open water swim, placed fourth in 2:09.45. Caroline McElhany (2:09.90), Tanya Krisman (2:10.41) and Shannon Draves (2:10.41) placed fifth through seventh. Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd had a strong start, up front for most of the race, before fading to eighth in 2:10.52.