USA Swimming National Championships: Kathleen Hersey Takes Home 200 Fly Title – SwimmingWorld.TV Interview Included

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 10. LONGHORN's Kathleen Hersey finished on top of a back-and-forth battle with Stanford's Elaine Breeden for the women's 200 fly crown.

Hersey completed the swim in 2:06.44, which cleared her personal best of 2:06.96. The effort is the fourth best in the world this year behind Great Britain's Ellen Gandy (2:04.83), China's Jiao Liuyang (2:05.22) and Australia's Jessicah Schipper (2:05.93).

Hersey battled Breeden throughout the race. Breeden went out under American-record pace with a 28.37, while Hersey touched first at the 100-meter mark with a 1:00.39. Breeden paced the field at the 150-meter mark with a 1:33.34, while Hersey completed the swim in first.

"I was just thinking about my hips up and head down as much as I could," Hersey said. "I knew they were fierce competitors, and I'm so excited coming off this year at Texas."

Breeden, however, faded to third with a 2:07.40 as Athens Bulldog Mary DeScenza went the final few strokes without breathing to steal second place with a 2:07.13. The time broke DeScenza's personal best of 2:07.26.

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