Adams repeats in 200 fly, Aggies match highest NCAA team finish

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MINNEAPOLIS --- Texas A&M senior Cammile Adams defended her national crown in the 200-yard butterfly while helping the Aggies place fourth in the team race at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

The Aggies scored a school-record 336 points as they matched their highest team finish in school history with a fourth-place effort for the second straight year. A&M also finished fourth in 2008. Georgia repeated as the team champion with a whopping 528 points, followed by Stanford (402.5), California (386) and Texas A&M. Rounding out the top 10 team finishers were Southern California (252), Florida (239), Tennessee (223), Arizona (156), Texas (144) and Minnesota (136.5).

“We had some outstanding swims from a lot of people,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “Winning three individual titles at a single NCAA meet is the most we’ve ever had. Obviously, we’d like to have finished a little higher but top four is something to be proud of and we get to take some hardware home.”

Adams, from Cypress, Texas, took control of her specialty early and flew to victory in 1:52.25. Adams won by .74 of second over runner-up Maya DiRado of Stanford (1:52.99). In four career NCAA Championships, Adams posted two wins and two runner-up finishes in the 200 butterfly.

“I was in the moment and felt good so I went with it,” Adams said. “I’m very happy with the win but I was hoping to go faster. I can’t believe it’s over. It’s been so special swimming with these seniors for the last four years. I feel really honored to be a part of it.”

Added Bultman, “They came up on her on the sixth and seventh laps, but she’s so strong at the end that she just kind of left everyone in the last 25. She said she thought someone would go out fast but she took the lead after the first hundred and never looked back.”

In other action …

Henry crushes school record in mile
Junior Sarah Henry capped off strong effort at the NCAA meet by crushing a pair of school records while placing fourth in the 1,650 freestyle. First, Henry shaved nearly three seconds off the 1,000-yard freestyle school record with a time of 9:34.01 and then went on to take more than three seconds off the 1,650 record in 15:42.44. She broke her own school record at both distances – 9:36.77 in the 1,000 and 15:45.79 in the 1,650. For the meet, Henry had a trio of top eight finishes – fourth in the 1,650, fourth in the 400 IM and eighth in the 500 free -- and swam a leg on the seventh-place 800 free relay.

“That was a great swim,” Bultman said. “She was fourth, but there were some great swims ahead of her including the NCAA record. She swam a really smart, solid race to break both of those school records, and I’m excited about that.

NCAA 100 back champ Miller takes down 200 back school record
Fresh off her win in the 100-yard backstroke last night, senior Paige Miller flexed her muscles in the 200 backstroke on Saturday. Miller, who rarely swims the 200 back, took second in the consolation final while breaking the school record in a time of 1:52.84. She broke Tess Simpson’s old school record of 1:53.20 from the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Larson takes runner-up finish in 200 breaststroke
Senior Breeja Larson tied for second place in the 200 breaststroke behind NCAA and American record-holder Emma Reaney of Notre Dame. Larson touched the wall in a time of 2:05.88 in a tie with Katie Olsen of Stanford. Reaney lowered her own record with a time of 2:04.06. Sophomore Ashley McGregor grabbed fifth in a lifetime-best time of 2:06.53, which pushes her to No. 2 on A&M’s all-time top 10 list behind Larson. In the consolation final, freshman Sycerika McMahon finished seventh in 2:09.72.

In four NCAA Championships, Larson logged three NCAA titles, three runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races.

Ibanez, Bosma chip in points in 100 free
Juniors Lili Ibanez and Sammie Bosma chipped in five points with a pair of B final swims in the 100 freestyle. Ibanez took fifth in the race in 48.21, while Bosma was eighth in 48.52.

Aggies close out meet with consolation win in the 400 free relay
The Aggies closed out the meet on a high note by getting to the wall first in the consolation final of the 400 free relay. The foursome of Bosma, senior Erica Dittmer, junior Kelli Benjamin and Ibanez held off Auburn and North Carolina State for the win in 3:14.95.

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