OMAHA, Neb. — Texas A&M sophomore Cammile Adams earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic swimming team with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. trials Friday.
Adams won by more than a second with a time of 2 minutes, 6.52 seconds. She trailed eventual runner-up Kathleen Hersey by 0.16 seconds at the 150-meter mark but closed with a final 50 split of 32.82.
“I just tried to take it out as easy as I could the first 100,” Adams said. “I knew those girls were going to be there. They’re such great competitors. I feel so lucky to even be in the same heat with them. My plan was to swim my own race and just come back that fourth 50 and leave it all in the pool. I feel great. I’m just so excited.”
A&M head coach Steve Bultman said Adams followed her game plan and took advantage of her ability to finish races.
“She swam a really good and really smart race,” Bultman said. “Cammile isn’t a sprinter, but nobody finishes a race like she does. I told her that there would probably be people ahead of her at the 50, 100 and 150 mark, but she stayed with the plan and got home first. They don’t give you Olympic trips for being first at the 50, 100 or 150 mark.”
Adams is the second Aggie to make the U.S. swim team at the 2012 Olympic trials, joining sophomore teammate Breeja Larson who won the 100 breaststroke Wednesday. Adams and Larson are the first two Aggies to make the U.S. Olympic swim team in an individual event. Christine Marshall made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the 800 freestyle relay.
“This has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember,” Adams said. “Like Missy [Franklin] said, ‘Dreams really do come true.’ I can’t even tell you how excited I am.”
Aggie teammate Caroline McElhany took fifth in the 200 butterfly at 2:09.90.
In A&M action Saturday at the trials, Larson placed sixth in the 200 breaststroke.
A&M senior Megan Latone (2:17.66), sophomore Wylie Escobedo (2:17.70), senior Alyssa Conner (2:17.76) and incoming freshman Claire Brandt (2:18.03) failed to qualify in the 200 backstroke.
A&M junior Maureen McLaine placed 16th in the 800 freestyle at 8:40.80, while sophomore Sarah Henry placed 18th (8:43.89) followed by sophomore Ashley Adams (8:48.73)
Former A&M volunteer coach wins: EUGENE, Oregon – Aries Merritt, a former Texas A&M volunteer coach who trains in College Station, won the 110 hurdles in a career best time of 12.93 seconds during Saturday’s action at the U.S. Olympic trials at Hayward Field.
Merritt just missed the meet record of 12.92 set by Allen Johnson in 1996.
A&M’s Prezel Hardy Jr. ran 20.72 for fourth in his semifinal heat of the men’s 200 and did not advance on time. Hardy placed 10th among the 21 runners in the semifinal round.
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Stage set for Bolt vs. Blake Part 2: KINGSTON, Jamaica — For Usain Bolt, another meeting with Yohan Blake awaits at Jamaican Olympic trials. Bolt’s only minor nemesis Saturday night was, yet again, that pesky false start gun.
Bolt’s latest drama in the starting blocks — a firing of the false start gun that didn’t result in any disqualification — was only a minor blip this time. He won his 200-meter semifinal in 20.26 seconds to set up a Sunday final against Yohan Blake, who won his semifinal in 19.93.
Bolt conceded to being distracted by action on the starting line during a bad start that played into his shocking loss to Blake in the 100 on Friday. This time, though, he said there were no such issues.
“No, no, no,” Bolt said. “The 200 is much more easy. I’m not seeing anybody, so it’s much more easy.”
— Staff and wire reports