Most of the visiting college swimmers skipped-town before the final day of the Texas Senior Circuit Meet in College Station, but that didn’t diminish the excitement in the natatorium. That’s because the ageless Dara Torres was in the house for her final pre-Olympic tuneup.
Sticking to her schedule of only one race – the 50 free – Torres had a solid 25.43 to take the win; that time is right in the range she’s been swimming this year, just .07 off of where she was in Indy. We don’t know exactly where this leaves her headed into Trials, except that she tapered her way down to a 25.1 during the summer of 2011.
She was pushed in this race by a pair of other veterans – Venezuelan Arlene Semeco in 25.83 and SoFlo swimmer Jessie Alcaide 26.36.
Behind them, the junior swimmer, 15-year old Simone Manuel, took 4th in 26.39. She swam that 50 at the end of a 200 fly-100 back-50 free triple.
The other hotly-anticipated swim was Cammile Adams’ 200 fly swim. She was the world-leader for the first 6 weeks of 2012 after a swim at the Austin Grand Prix. She wasn’t close to that swim here, with a 2:12.94, but still held on to her back-half fairly well and won easily.
The other big-name winner was Spindrift Beck in the women’s 200 IM in 2:18.44, which gives her an Olympic Trials cut in the race. Just like we saw in each of the breaststrokes, this is her best time in years. For example, the fastest she was in 2011 was only 2:32. Beck seems to finally be back in her rhythm.