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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 6.
SwimMAC’s Cammile Adams chased down her third straight long course national title with a sizzling time of 2:07.12. That jumped her up to sixth in the world this year ahead of Jiao Liuyang’s 2:07.28 from the Chinese Nationals Championships, and secured her spot on the Pan Pacific Championships roster to do some more damage. Her top time is a 2:06.52 from the 2012 Olympic Trials, and puts her in a spot to take on the Pan Pacs field.
Mission Viejo 17-year-old Katie McLaughlin put herself in position for that all-important second spot with a 2:08.74 to get ahead of Bulldogs’ Hali Flickinger’s 2:08.77 in the finale. McLaughlin moved to 19th in the world with that swim, while Flickinger stands 20th now. McLaughlin just missed her best time ever of 2:08.72 from World Juniors last summer, while Flickinger smashed her 2:09.31.
Stanford’s Maya DiRado, scratched into the championship finale when Elizabeth Beisel decided not to swim it, took fourth in 2:09.76, while SwimMAC’s Kate Mills took fifth in 2:09.88. Nova’s Emma Nunn (2:11.13), Flint Y’s Courtney Weaver (2:12.22) and NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer (2:12.30) also competed in the finale.
Kentucky’s Tina Bechtel moved to another stratosphere in the 200 fly with a B final-winning time of 2:09.67. Her previous best had been a time of 2:11.67 from sectionals just last month, and she moved right on past the 2:10 barrier. Bruins’ Noelle Tarazona placed second in the event with a 2:10.49 after leading through 150 meters, while Mount Pleasant’s Megan Kingsley took third in 2:11.90.
Crown Point’s Hannah Kukurugya pulled off a C final victory with a time of 2:10.20. That’s a personal best, clearing the 2:10.64 she set during junior nationals here in Irvine just a week ago. Tigers’ Kara Kopcso hit the wall in second with a 2:11.06, while Dynamo’s Kylie Stewart finished third in 2:11.40. That’s a lifetime best for both with Stewart undercutting 2:12 for the first time in her career.