Preview of the first day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 25 through July 2, including which locals to watch in each race and our picks for who will be racing in London.
It may be a bit too early to determine who will have the edge in London this year between Phelps and Lochte. Both are swimming at high levels, despite taxing training schedules, but we do know that this weekend, Phelps got the better of Lochte in several events. Also competing on Sunday were RMSC's Jack Conger and Sarah Haase, as well as former SNOW swimmer Matt McLean.
Two days after the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, USA Swimming’s elite convened in Palo Alto, CA, for the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. Former All-Mets and local swimmers churned out a number of notable performances at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center.
UPDATED (8/20): Michael Phelps watched U.S. teammates Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary put up sizzling times in a preliminary heat of the 400-meter individual medley Thursday morning at the Pan Pacific Championships. For Phelps, there was no doubt. He knew he couldn’t beat either of them in his heat minutes later. Also, Rebecca Soni nearly sets a world record and Natalie Coughlin wins twice.
Michael Phelps dominated the 500-yard freestyle at a grand prix meet in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday, winning the event in 4 minutes, 18.70 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of second-place Dominic Meichtry (4:24.22).