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USA Swimming reveals 2012 U.S. Olympic roster.
The ongoing duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps headlines Day Six at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
Dara Torres, 44, posted the the second-fastest qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle heats.
Phelps joked about going for Erik Vendt’s pool record in the men’s 200 IM before his race on Saturday, but with 100 meters to go, Phelps had a shot.
Allison Schmitt breaks Janet Evans’ 1988 pool record. Evans swam in the event’s “B” Final, moments before Schmitt’s swim. Evans is making hoping to make the 2012 Olympic team after coming out of retirement last year.
Ryan Lochte won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley, touching the wall in 1 minute 54.43 seconds, 0.33 seconds short of a world record time.
Only two U.S. women competed in Friday night’s 400-meter final at the Pan Pacific swimming Championships. But a total of four Americans had a huge stake in the outcome: A spot in next year’s world championship meet in Shanghai.
The Missouri Grand Prix was held this past weekend at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo., and there were plenty of notable swims. Here is a rundown of the biggest swims from the event. Chloe Sutton continued her dominance in the Grand Prix series with another first place meet finish. Her best races included [...]
In a race that pitted a burgeoning star against an Olympic veteran on the rebound, Dagny Knutson, 17, easily distanced herself from three-time Olympic medal winner Katie Hoff — but she couldn’t get Hoff’s American record at the U.S. short-course championships.
Five high school girls — one just out of eighth grade — will try to help Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and other U.S. veteran stars beat Great Britain, Italy and Germany in a made-for-television meet in Manchester, England. And Katie Hoff and Ariana Kukors will be there, too, donning short, 2010-model suits.
When it was all over, when the last of the 43 world records had fallen at the Foro Italico during the eight-day swimming world championships, it was remarkable how little anybody actually learned. As swimmers in glossy polyurethane bodysuits obliterated virtually all of the sport’s records, times became meaningless, and achievements hazy and unclassifiable. This “will be remembered,” USA Swimming National Team Director Mark Schubert said, “as the plastic meet.”
UPDATE: As Michael Phelps watched from the stands, Ryan Lochte got a chance to shine in an event Phelps has dominated. Lochte didn’t merely win the gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships in Rome, he broke Phelps’s world record, touching the wall in 1.54.10. Phelps’s record set at last year’s Olympics was 1:54.23.
After failing to qualify for the 100-meter backstroke final, Aaron Peirsol sailed through Thursday’s qualifying round of the 200 backstroke at the swimming world championships. In other news, Amanda Weir broke Natalie Coughlin’s American record in the 100 freestyle, Ariana Kukors swam fast again in the 4×200 relay heats and American Eric Shanteau topped all qualifiers in the 200 breast.
He had already qualified for the world championships in two events; on Saturday morning, cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau took down a two-year-old American record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Michael Phelps is back to his old form. His time in the fly was 0.18 faster than the 50.40 that has stood up since Ian Crocker set the record in 2005. His record-breaking performance was followed by another remarkable victory from Dara Torres, who at 42 won the 50 free and clinched a spot in this summer’s world championships.
Even at 42 and with a bum knee, Dara Torres can dominate women half her age. Torres easily moved to Thursday’s final in the 50-meter freestyle by posting the fastest time in the morning heats, finishing in 24.72 seconds. Earlier, Michael Phelps advanced in the 100 butterfly with the fastest qualifying time (51.17 seconds), then turned his attention to getting the world record in that event Thursday night.