USA Swimming National Team member Claire Adams has broken her hand and undergone surgery, but still plans to compete at this week’s trials, according to her coach Ian Murphy of the Carmel Swim Club (Indiana). The injury happened on June 21st
Adams is a member of the National Team in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes, among the deepest events in the U.S., and was the 2015 U.S. National Champion in both races, as well as the 2015 World Junior Championships silver medal in the 100. That includes breaking the Junior World Record last summer in the 100 with a 59.58, though that record has since been broken.
“Our team spent the past few weeks at altitude and the Olympic Training Center making our final preparations for Trials,” Murray said. “Unfortunately, Claire had a small training accident and fractured a bone in her right hand. It required surgery and we are very thankful and appreciative of the USA Swimming and USOTC Staff for their quick and thorough assistance.”
“In our preparation, we always discuss that something will not go our way in and around the meet. Claire is handling the adversity very well and it is her full intention to compete.”
Adams is the 4th seed in the 100 back and the 7th seed in the 200 back (with the top 2 in each race going to the Olymipcs). She’s also entered in the 100 free and 100 fly.
The women’s 100 backstroke heats will begin on Monday morning, the meet’s second day; and the 200 back heats begin on Friday morning.
Adams is committed to swim as a freshman at the University of Texas next fall.