2016 U.S Olympic Trials: Day Five Prelims Live Recap

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

We’re back after four days of action, and the majority of America’s superstars are already on the Olympic team. Ryan Lochte made it in the 4x200m freestyle relay, Missy Franklin made it in the 200m freestyle, Michael Phelps made it in the 200m butterfly, and Katie Ledecky made it in both the 200 and 400m freestyles.

Now, Simone Manuel will look to pave her way onto the team with a strong 100m freestyle prelim swim this morning. Franklin is seeded second, Ledecky fourth, as they’ll try to set themselves up for another swim be it relay or individual.

Ryan Murphy proved earlier that he’s the man to beat in the backstroke events. If he wants to take the 200 back, he’s going to have to get past reigning Olympic gold medallist Tyler Clary who has yet to make the team.

In the absence of American record holder Rebecca Soni, a new wave of women’s breaststroke has swept the nation and with it brings Micah Lawrence. Lawrence took home a silver at last summer’s World Championships in the 200, but will have to hold off plenty of young talent if she wants to keep her title as the best 200 breaststroker in the States.

The men’s 200m IM is arguably the most anticipated event of these trials pinning Ryan Lochte against Michael Phelps. The two have have been close to the world record multiple times since Lochte set in, and will have to fight tooth and nail to for the win.

WOMEN’S 100m FREESTYLE

Top seed: Simone Manuel (53.25)
World record: 52.07 – Britta Steffen (Germany)
American record: 53.02 – Amanda Weir
U.S Open record: 53.30 – Cate Campbell (Australia)
U.S Nationals record: 53.43 – Missy Franklin
JR World record: 53.84 – Shen Duo (China)
2012 Winning Time: 53.96 – Jessica Hardy

Abbey Weitzeil led the way in the heats of the women’s 100m freestyle this morning, taking the win in heat five with a personal best time of 53.58. That time put Weitzeil ahead of American record holder Amanda Weir.

Weir won the final heat of the 100m freestyle with a 53.76, just slightly slower than Weitzeil’s time. In the process she took down Simone Manuel.

Manuel was second in the final heat in 5384 to take fourth overall.

Third overall went to Dana Vollmer, who competed side-by-side-by-side with Natalie Coughlin and Kelsi Worrell.

Vollmer ended up distancing herself from the two with a 53.80 performance. Worrell wasn’t that far behind however, rocking a swift 54.02 at the touch to take fifth overall.

Katie Ledecky finished sixth overall with a 54.04.

Both Missy Franklin and Coughlin made it back for a second swim. Franklin was a 54.41 which ranks her ninth heading into tonight’s semifinals. Coughlin was a 54.73 which ranks her 11th overall.

Reigning Olympic trials champion Jessica Hardy finished well back in 59th with a time of 56.80, almost three seconds slower than what she went to win trials back in 2012.

TOP 16

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (53.98)
  2. Amanda Weir (53.76)
  3. Dana Vollmer (53.80)
  4. Simone Manuel (53.84)
  5. Kelsi Worrell (54.02)
  6. Katie Ledecky (54.04)
  7. Lia Neal (54.06)
  8. Madison Kennedy (54.24)
  9. Missy Franklin (54.41)
  10. Olivia Smoliga (54.62)
  11. Natalie Coughlin (54.73)
  12. Shannon Vreeland (54.87) – TIE
  13. Margo Geer (54.87) – TIE
  14. Allison Schmitt (54.95)
  15. Mallory Comerford (53.14)
  16. Kirsten Vose (55.32)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 200m BACKSTROKE

Top seed: Tyler Clary (1:54.73)
World record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
American record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Open record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Nationals record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
JR World record: 1:56.79 – Li Guangyuan
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.54 – Ryan Lochte

Jacob Pebley of Cal made a statement this morning that he was in the mix to win the 200m backstroke tomorrow night after dropping a smooth 1:56.39 in prelims.

Pebley was out quick and came back strong and smooth before turning off the jets down the final stretch. His time leads the way to tonight’s semifinals ahead of reigning Olympic gold medallist Tyler Clary.

Clary hasn’t had a great meet thus far, scratching from the 400m IM final, missing a relay spot in the 200m freestyle, and missing the final of the 200m butterfly.

The 200m backstroke might be has last chance to qualify for the team, and Clary isn’t wasting it. He was a 1:56.85 this morning to take the second seed behind Pebley.

Ryan Murphy swam what appeared to be an easy 200m backstroke, throwing down a 1:57.35 which easily qualifies him for the semifinals. In the lane beside him Michael Taylor was churning away to almost go par with the 100m backstroke champion, clocking in a 1:57.92.

Reigning 100m backstroke Olympic champion Matt Grevers qualified in 14th overall. The 200m backstroke will be Grevers’ last chance to make the 2012 Olympic team.

TOP 16

  1. Jacob Pebley (1:56.29)
  2. Tyler Clary (1:56.85)
  3. Ryan Murphy (1:57.35)
  4. Michael Taylor (1:57.92)
  5. Robert Owen (1:58.01)
  6. Sean Lehane (1:58.04)
  7. Hennessey Stuart (1:58.32)
  8. Austin Katz (1:59.05)
  9. Jay Litherland (1:59.30)
  10. Joey Reilman (1:59.55)
  11. Justin Ress (1:59.60)
  12. Carter Griffin (1:59.74)
  13. Patrick Mulcare (1:59.86)
  14. Matt Grevers (2:00.03)
  15. Drew Cosgarea (2:00.04)
  16. Jake Taylor (2:00.31)

For official results click here.

WOMEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE

Top seed: Micah Lawrence (2:22.04)
World record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moeller-Pedersen (Denmark)
American record: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Open record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Nationals record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
JR World record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes (Turkey)
2012 Winning Time: 2:21.13 – Rebecca Soni

Top seed Micah Lawerence led the way this morning in the heats of the 200m breaststroke. Coming home strong Lawrence dropped a 2:26.27 to be one of two swimmers under the 2:27 mark.

Bethany Galat of Texas A&M dominated her heat from an outside lane, coming back strong on 100m breaststroke champion Lilly King, Laura Sogar, and Molly Hannis. Galat touched in for a swift 2:26.72.

Annie Lazor grabbed the third overall seed in 2:27.48, clocking in just slightly ahead of King’s 2:27.55. A huge clump of swimmers were in the 2:27.5 range. Tennessee’s Hannis was a 2:27.62, Breeja Larson was a 2:27.65, and Andee Cottrell was a 2:27.67.

Laura Sogar and Emmea Reaney finished ninth and 10th overall respectively. Last night’s 200m IM runner up Melanie Margalis was 15th in 2:29.03.

Surprisingly 100m breaststroke runner-up Katie Meili missed the semifinal, finishing 23rd overall with a 2:30.66.

TOP 16

  1. Micah Lawrence (2:26.27)
  2. Bethany Galat (2:26.72)
  3. Annie Lazor (2:27.48)
  4. Lilly King (2:27.55)
  5. Molly Hannis (2:27.62)
  6. Breeja Larson (2:27.65)
  7. Andee Cottrell (2:27.67)
  8. Emma Schoettmer (2:28.01)
  9. Laura Sogar (2:28.15)
  10. Emma Reaney (2:28.57)
  11. Olivia Anderson (2:28.60)
  12. Sarah Henry (2:28.74)
  13. Zoe Bartel (2:28.94)
  14. Taylor Vargo (2:28.98)
  15. Melanie Margalis (2:29.03)
  16. Emily Escobedo (2:29.12)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 200m IM

Top seed: Michael Phelps (1:54.75)
World record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
American record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Open record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Nationals record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
JR World record: 1:59.44 – Joseph Bentz
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.84 – Michael Phelps

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps are set up for one more showdown. The dynamic duo took the top two seeds in prelims and look to lead things heading into tonight’s semifinals.

Both Lochte and Phelps demonstrated a strong 150-meters before shutting things down towards the end of the race. Lochte was a 1:58.05 to take the top seed.

After missing the team in the 400m IM earlier in the meet, Lochte claimed that a “pulled groin” injury had occurred effecting his breaststroke. Today, Lochte showed no signs of pain during or after his race on the breaststroke leg.

Splitting a swift 34.24, Lochte looked smooth on his breaststroke. From SwimSwam’s point of view, it appeared as though Lochte had somewhat altered his kick, shortening it and keeping it tighter.

Phelps took the second seed behind Lochte in 1:58.95. Gunnar Bentz was third overall in 1:59.46, Andrew Seliskar was fourth in 1:59.89.

Jay Litherland, who ran down Lochte to qualify for the team in the 400m IM earlier this meet, qualified for tonight’s semifinal sixth in 2:00.35.

Both Will Licon and Chase Kalisz no-showed their heats this morning.

TOP 16

  1. Ryan Lochte (1:58.05)
  2. Michael Phelps (1:58.95)
  3. Gunnar Bentz (1:59.46)
  4. Andrew Seliskar (1:59.89)
  5. Austin Surhoff (2:00.26)
  6. Jay Litherland (2:00.35)
  7. Kyle Whitaker (2:00.36)
  8. David Nolan (2:00.50)
  9. Michael Andrew (2:00.79)
  10. Christian McCurdy (2:01.19)
  11. Max Williamson (2:01.46)
  12. Abrahm Devine (2:01.51)
  13. Nick Thorne (2:01.61)
  14. Adam Hinshaw (2:01.72)
  15. Brandon Fiala (2:01.91)
  16. Michael Weiss (2:01.96)

For official results click here.

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Comments

  1. Danjohnrob says:

    Has anybody else noticed that the Swim MAC women are swimming great, while the men seem to be missing the mark a bit? In fact, it seems like David Marsh has done a great job building the confidence of the elite women on his team over the last quad so that now they are making the Team and swimming times that look like they’ll be in contention in Rio. The men, not so much, but this is a small sample size, so I’m not implying David can’t coach men, just that I’m glad he’s the Head US WOMEN’S Olympic Swimming Coach, not the Men’s Coach.

    Similarly, Dave Durden seems like a magician for the men at Cal. I know he only coaches Natalie Coughlin among the top female swimmers, but she’s having an off meet. Anyway, I’m very impressed by the way he has gradually developed his stable of athletes from top US swimmers to international medal contenders.

    Conversely, Jack Bauerle’s athletes seem to be doing just as well on both the female and male sides. I guess what I’m saying is that it must be complicated to coach both male and female athletes to perform at their best at the same meet. Tapering athletes is obviously an art form, and to do it for both men and women competing in the same meet must be tricky!

  2. Cynthia mae Curran says:

    This is my comment, sometimes the best swimmers in an event don’t make the Olympics and sometimes some one out of the blue does. Here’s an example of a great swimmer that didn’t make the Olympics.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mohler. This is why we should not get down on top swimmers sometimes.

    • Danjohnrob says:

      You often hear that the best swimmer on the day of the OT final makes the US Team, but I’m not sure that’s always true. I can only imagine how nervous one would feel before a race when you’ve been training for so many years to make an Olympic Team; the weight of expectation must feel like an anvil on your back threatening to drown you, especially if you really only really have a chance in one event, which makes what David Plummer did the other night, for example, extremely impressive!

  3. SeanSwimmer says:

    Which is more realistic,
    Missy Franklin winning the 100 free or Katie Ledecky winning the 100 free.

    IMO: Ledecky

    • PK boo I\'m sad my name is too short now says:

      I know I’m going against the grain here, but I would answer Franklin to this question. Ledecky pretty clearly isn’t fully rested, which I think will affect her speed more than it affects her ability to swim distance races. I think she’s going to have a tougher time getting out in front with these girls, and as such even her monster second 50 probably won’t get her there.

      I don’t think it will matter either way, because I think we get a Weitzel win, but in terms of probability of winning the event, I do think Franklin would be slightly over Ledecky for me.

  4. irviner says:

    Let’s go Natalie Coughlin!

  5. Rafael says:

    With Dwyer out an injured lochte is now safe for 200im even if he underperforms

  6. FluidG says:

    I’m convinced that the veterans who underperform at the trials just don’t realize how much rest they need. They ramp up their training and don’t compensate for the extra workload an the effects of aging. Resting enough as you get older is scary. It’s a journey into the unknown and it takes courage to have faith that it will work.

    Also, 30+ year olds can reach the same speeds as when they were younger, even surpass them, but recovery between multiple events requires a lot more time.

    • Danjohnrob says:

      I feel like Phelps and Bowman got the memo, which is why he didn’t bother with the 100/200 free. I’m still not convinced he should do the 200 fly in Rio, actually, because I’m afraid it will affect his 100 fly and 200 IM performances later in the meet; but I’ll have to assume MP and Bob know what they’re doing…

      • Rafael says:

        Curious about his 100 fly if it’s on the same level of 200 he might be out of top 2

        • Danjohnrob says:

          I think his time for the first 150 of that 200 fly race was fine, he only faltered on the final 50 IMO, but I’m curious as well.

          • Quinn says:

            I don’t think he is rested a bunch which is why we saw a really good first 100 and okish third 50 and a not very good last fifty when compared to the rest of the race. In rio he will be a lot better and probably won’t fade as hard.

        • Q-tip says:

          I mean looking at the first 150 of that 200 fly i think his 100 is actually gonna be pretty good. 24.9 and 53.0 are blazongly fast. Wouldnt be surprised if he goes faster that he did at nationals last summer in the 100. Especially with that 51.6 a few weeks ago Looks like he has good speed right now just has trouble finishing 200s

          • dru says:

            think age has helped with his strength.. which is obviously a huge benefit for sprinting

            but I initially thought he would focus on the sprints during his comeback (100 fly, 100 free and maybe the 2IM.. or 100 fly and 200 IM and then relays)

            he looked great on the first 150, but just seemed like from the short stroke going into the wall his last 50 was pure struggle.. just gotta hope he’s better come rio with a full taper

      • Damiansport1 says:

        He should do 200m fly in Rio just because to get revenge on LeClose. Its last mission in his career. Its the most important race for him

        • Billabong says:

          That’s not a good reason to do it. If he gets smoked his wonderful legacy will be tarnished.

          • Lol says:

            The guy has acomplished more than an athlete has ever done and ever will. He has nothing to prove. Let us enjoy the last races of his career, and the last 200 fly also in rio..

          • Brownish says:

            No, that’s simply not true. He was, is and will be the GOAT.

          • tm71 says:

            Plus this event is his baby! Not quite like Boomer Robert though !

          • Lazy Observer says:

            Replace that last exclamation point and this joke delivers. You were under-appreciated on this one.

          • Quinn says:

            This entire Olympic cycle is just icing on the cake whether he goes 3 for 3 gold or places 4th in all his races his legacy will not be tarnished.

          • Bfunk says:

            there is absolutely nothing phelps can do in rio that will tarnish his legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time.

          • Irish Ringer says:

            How will his legacy be tarnished? Are they going to take away some of his medals?

        • Brownish says:

          Cseh will win it.

      • FluidG says:

        Don’t forget that Michael completed the ultimate ironman schedule in Beijing. What, 30 races in one week? He knows how to manage his energy and fatigue better than anyone. That was the real challenge of winning 8 and no one else has ever had enough cushion to cruise their way through so many rounds. The success Bowman and Phelps enjoyed last summer gave them invaluable data for this year. I believe they have the experience to dial this in for Rio. Trials is another opportunity to take measure of where they are and adjust their program leading into the only meet that really matters to them.

    • Steve Nolan says:

      Completely agreed. Assuming it’s part over-training and part under-resting. Which is definitely super scary, both things are equivalent to “working less.” Definitely not something those guys are used to.

  7. xenon says:

    Lets go Abby Weitzeil! I’m hoping she throws down something crazy today. She looked really fast in the 200. I think she will take down the AR in the next couple of days.

  8. Hint of Lime says:

    Is anyone else having problems with the live stream?

  9. Attila the Hunt says:

    What’s happening to NBC streaming coverage… aaarggghhhhh

  10. coach bambam says:

    surprise surprise NBC’s stream is botched

  11. Danjohnrob says:

    UGH! Is anybody else having problems with the live video stream? This is the only day I can watch prelims, so I hope this doesn’t continue!

  12. Hint of Lime says:

    Dana 53.8!

  13. Hint of Lime says:

    Katie McL a no-show in the 1 free prelims — probably to focus on 2 fly later?

  14. Hint of Lime says:

    Abbey 53.58!

  15. Attila the Hunt says:

    Weitzeil 53.58!!! PB
    Lia Neal 54.06
    Franklin 54.41

  16. lsswim says:

    Who is the girl commentating this morning?

  17. Attila the Hunt says:

    Weir 53.76!!!!! when was the last time she swam this fast?
    Manuel 53.84
    Ledecky 54.04
    Kennedy 54.24

  18. EliteSwimmer99 says:

    I find myself cringing at almost everything this female commentator says.

  19. swimmer24 says:

    The women’s 100 free is definitely showing some life this morning, quite a few 53’s. Hopefully, we can see a 52 from Vollmer, Manuel, or Weitzel! That was a great swim from Weir, but I don’t see her having much more than a 53.4 which should make the team.

  20. Paul says:

    Ledecky with a 1.08 second difference on her 50 splits, with a start. distance sprinters man…

  21. Glenny says:

    Disappointing swim for Romano, wont even make the semis. Would have loved to see her do well especially after Worlds.

    • Brian says:

      When I saw that she’s swimming under the NYAC team, I assumed the worst, sadly. It seems like a lot of post-college swimmers use that team as some sort of transition away from the sport.

      • Caleb says:

        Tell David Plummer 🙂 I don’t know if NYAC even has a training group, but the way it used to work, they offered a great membership and paid a lot of expenses, to anyone who was willing to fly their flag at meets. I don’t think most NYAC swimmers are actually in the city, or with each other.

  22. Aquajosh says:

    Is Bilquist injured? Can’t imagine why she’d drop the 100 free, which is her best remaining shot at qualifying.

    • swimmer24 says:

      My guess is she is resting to focus on the 200 back, which she will have a fairly good shot at qualifying after seeing her 100 back this week and her 200 back during the college season.

  23. Years of Plain Suck says:

    The NBC stream is an embarrassment — especially when you consider that they are owned by COMCAST, a f*cking internet distribution company.

    If NBC were owned by Amazon, I’m sure Jeff Bezos would put the full resources AWS (Amazon Web Services) right on it.

  24. Attila the Hunt says:

    I want to say it again:
    These two commentators are GREAT!!!

    I hope they read these comments, print it out, and show it to NBC so the Network send them to Rio as the MAIN commentators.

    • Steve Nolan says:

      Yeah man, even some of the things that could have been scripted for Rowdy & Dan – talking about swimmer’s backgrounds, stuff like that – they still bungle. It’s like a lack of practice, or something.

      Though it is WAY easier to commentate for a internet stream of a prelim session than it is for a broadcast of a finals session.

      • JP Input is too short says:

        Rowdy has been doing this for how long and he still can’t figure out if his spot is opposite to TV camera’s view – last night he kept saying lane 3 was “below” lane 4.

        OTOH, yesterday I learned that the “t” in “Prenot” is silent. So there’s that.

    • Stephen says:

      Yes they are….Have more knowledge of international swimming than the head NBC comms. And Rowdy Gaines is a goose.
      Clearly Gaines missed the Aussie trails

    • coach bambam says:

      who are they – i havent heard but agree they are nice to listen too

  25. Steve Nolan says:

    The women’s 100 free is even more of a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ to me now.

    I feel like we’re gonna see a dozen swimmers between 53.2 and 53.7 tonight.

  26. Brian says:

    Lots of big time drops in the early heats of the men’s 200 back so far. Nice to see that.

  27. Track says:

    Women’s 100 free semi final qualifiers:
    1. Abby Weitzeil 53.58
    2. Amanda Weir 53.76
    3. Dana Vollmer 53.80
    4. Simone Manuel 53.84
    5. Kelsi Worrell 54.02
    6. Katie Ledecky 54.04
    7. Lia Neal 54.06
    8. Madison Kennedy 54.24
    9. Missy Franklin 54.41
    10. Olivia Smoliga 54.62
    11. Natalie Coughlin 54.73
    12. Shannon Vreeland 54.87
    12. Margo Geer 54.87
    14. Allison Schmitt 54.95
    15. Mallory Comerford 55.14
    16. Kirsten Vose 55.32

    • Naya Missy says:

      My predictions for final 8 (not in order):
      Abby Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer, Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Olivia Smoliga, Natalie Coughlin, Margo Geer

    • dmswim says:

      Disappointing that Jessica Hardy didn’t make the semi’s after winning the race at 2012 Trials.

  28. Years of Plain Suck says:

    Now that Lochte is out of the 200 Back, it looks like his career will end with mirroring bookends.

    in 2004, Lochte swam only the 200IM and the 4×200 free relay.
    In 2016, it looks like he will swim only the 200IM and the 4×200 free relay.

    • LTyke says:

      It’s kind of poetic that way. I think a shorter schedule will benefit him in Rio and give us swim fans ‘an-all-time-great’ race with Phelps in the 200 IM!

    • SwimmerFoxJet says:

      4×100 prelims looks like a chance too.

      Predictions: 1:45.2 4×200 free relay flying start Gold

      1:54.31 200 IM. Silver

  29. Dan says:

    Adding up the flat starts from prelims, that is a 3:34.98 in the relay. The US was 3:34.61 at worlds last summer. I think it’s safe to say we’ll be better than last year. The Aussies are probably too far ahead, but being the overly optimistic team USA fan that I am, I’d like to say we have a shot at gold.

  30. Danjohnrob says:

    Boy, Daniel Carr is popular with the crowd! 🙂

  31. EliteSwimmer99 says:

    Still so upset with Phelps’ 1:54.84 200 Fly last night…why can’t he just tell us what’s going on? He went a 1:52.9 at a mere nationals last summer. Any thoughts guys?

    • Attila the Hunt says:

      He went 1:52.9 last year after a prelims swim that could be best described as a warm up session.
      Here, he had to swim 3 rounds of fast swimming. That’s the difference.

    • NTINSWIMMER says:

      31.9 last 50 shows that he was really tired. Also as lots of people have said here, trials are just for qualifying not for making big times. Last year’s nationals was his main goal of the year because he had no Kazan. This year the big goal is Rio not trials.

      • McC says:

        I hope he doesn’t go out in 53.0 in Rio! It’s hard to shake the old speedmonger, isn’t it? The body thinks it’s still and always in its prime! That’s the nature of swimming. I have that problem just doing knockaround laps now, aged 55. I think it’ll serve him great in the 100, though. Hoping for sub-51, but 51-low would be nice. Still, beneath 51 and we start dreaming NOW, don’t we?

      • tm71 says:

        Bingo ! MP has always swam much faster at the worlds/Olympics as opposed to any of the trials meets

    • xenon says:

      I wish we could get a straight answer but that’s never going to happen. I feel like an idiot for doubting Phelps but when he looked up at the clock he didn’t have his usual ticked off look and shaking his head. He looked kind of like uh oh. Even if he is not fully rested, I think he was expecting to be at least a sub 154.

    • Caleb says:

      He had a great 125… looked like the swim of someone who isn’t fully rested but no way to know for sure, could just be lost endurance from getting old. Even a mediocre last 50 would have had him around 1:53 low… so I think a smarter race would have led to a more respectable time last night. Probably a combination of miscalculating, and testing the waters to see how fast he could push it. I don’t think the 3 rounds made any difference; they were his first swims of the meet, it was one swim per session and not going all-out. Honestly his first two rounds were ok and looked like he was on track for at least a 1:53.

      • John says:

        Why don’t people read the transcript of his interview. He says things many times that suggest he thought he would go faster (whether he was tapered or not and he not once says untapered or semi tapered). Whether he can “tweak things” with Bob or not, his 200 fly times were not what he thought he’d do – and he alone should know what shape he is in compared to last year.

        • Quinn says:

          Why are all your comments filled with doubt and pessimism?

          • Franklin Guill says:

            I agree – doom and gloom is no good. I have seen great work from veterans and the new kids on the block.
            I think Phelps will absolutely rise to the occasion. We have all seen him just “speed up” when he needs to. I maybe wrong but I think he will win both fly’s and the 2 IM in RIO.

        • Lazy Observer says:

          Why read the transcript when the video will do the work for you?

    • Shibly says:

      GOAT will show it in RIO…..dont worry….

    • Lazy Observer says:

      He has told you exactly what is going on. You just don’t like it. In sum:

      He has trained hard.

      He is older and his body can’t handle as much. He often now swims slower than he wanted to in season, and also here.

      The best he can do, from his perspective, is trust the plan, which is geared toward qualifying and then Rio. It might not work out, but based on where Bowman’s strategies led him in the past, it is the most logical course of action.

      He wants to win and he wants a personal best. But mostly he wants to go out on his own terms, not as a f**k-up who drives drunk on city streets and avoids his family.

      You are looking for assurances no one can give you. Of course Phelps and Bowman are doing what they believe will win; it will either work, or it won’t and we won’t know until Rio is over. That is also true, by the way, for every other swimmer out there.

  32. Track says:

    Jacob Pebley up off his sub 53 100 back. The 200 is his better event. Lets see what he does.

  33. Track says:

    Pebley 1:56.29 top time so far

  34. Hint of Lime says:

    1:56.29 for Pebley

  35. tm71 says:

    pebley 15628

  36. Danjohnrob says:

    Great start by Pebley! I wish he’d train Missy!

  37. Track says:

    Staurt 1:58.32 Should make top 16

  38. Track says:

    Here’s Ryan Murphy

  39. Hint of Lime says:

    No Jon Roberts in the 2 back prelims.

  40. Track says:

    Grevers up as well

  41. Track says:

    1. Murphy 56.97
    2. Grevers +1.07
    at the 100

  42. Track says:

    easy for Murphy 1:27.01 150

  43. Track says:

    Here’s Michael Taylor!

  44. tm71 says:

    murphy 15735 looked totally relaxed and almost effortless

  45. Hint of Lime says:

    1:57.35 for Murphy

  46. Hint of Lime says:

    Grevers 2:00.03.

  47. Track says:

    Murphy in 1:57.31, Taylor swam well too 1:57.92. Grevers died at the end. Jay Litherland third in 1:59.30.

    • McC says:

      Michael Taylor’s future obviously appears strong, strong, strong. If you watch his finals 100, though, he got into a terrible thrash over the last 50. Could have done maybe 53.5 if the windmill hadn’t caught him. Of course if I were seventeen y.o. in that heat! Can’t wait to see how he progresses in the coming days, months, years, beginning with semis and possible final of the 200!

  48. Jpower says:

    Grevers shd be able to swim in semis

  49. Track says:

    Final heat featuring defending gold medalist Taylor Clary. Hasn’t been that good so far.

  50. Jpower says:

    01:56.85 for Clary

  51. Track says:

    Clary takes control at the 150. 1:27.21

  52. tm71 says:

    clary 15685

  53. Track says:

    Easy for Clary 1:56.85 second fastest time this morning.

  54. Attila the Hunt says:

    So, Clary will still have his chance after all. But does he have more in the tank?

  55. Track says:

    Robery Owen and Sean Lehane 1:58.01 and 1:58.04 going to the semis with good swims. Austin Katz 1:59.05 should make it as well

  56. Damiansport1 says:

    Grevers is OUT?

  57. Stephen says:

    The list is growing on events where they didn’t better the 2012 trial times…….interesting

  58. Track says:

    Men’s 200 Backstroke Semifinal Qualifiers
    1. Jacob Pebley 1:56.29
    2. Tyler Clary 1:56.85
    3. Ryan Murphy 1:57.35
    4. Michael Taylor 1:57.92
    5. Robert Owen 1:58.01
    6. Sean Lehane 1:58.04
    7. Hennessey Stuart 1:58.32
    8. Austin Katz 1:59.05
    9. Jay Litherland 1:59.30
    10. Joey Reilman 1:59.55
    11. Justin Ress 1:59.60
    12. Carter Griffin 1:59.74
    13. Patrick Mulcare 1:59.86
    14. Matt Grevers 2:00.03
    15. Drew Cosgarea 2:00.04
    16. Jake Taylor 2:00.31

  59. Lol says:

    Rooting for Pebley in the 200 back, sorry Clary.

  60. Track says:

    Women’s 200 breast going on through 2:20:00 in the live stream, remember when Rebecca Soni went that time 2:20.00 in 2012?

  61. Danjohnrob says:

    I’m rooting for Laura Sogar to swim some best times in this event. I’d like her to make the Team, but if she doesn’t, I hope she gets a pb out of all her years of hard work!

  62. ct swim fan says:

    Just looked at the time line for tonight.The semifinals of the womens 200 breast and the semifinals of the mens 200 IM are both scheduled after 8:00 P.M. Omaha time which has been the cutoff the past few nights for regular TV. According to my TV guide this is also the scheduled cut off tonight. Will NBC adhere to this schedule with Phelps and Lochte likely swimming in the 200 IM semis?

    • Caleb says:

      The first couple of nights, the broadcast continued online… did they stop doing that?

      • ct swim fan says:

        No they still do it, but judging from the way this webcast has gone, I would much rather watch it all on TV. Sadly each night they have cut away at 9:00 Eastern time.

  63. Attila the Hunt says:

    I’m doing a Michael Phelps drinking game.
    Take a sip after a commentator say “MP has never been more relaxed” or “MP has never looked more happy” or something similar… in the middle of women’s 200 breast .

  64. Attila the Hunt says:

    Yay.. conversation changes into men 100 free..Ryan Held gets a mention, this is better than “MP is nursing baby boomer”

    • Danjohnrob says:

      I know it’s none of my business, but am I the only one who thinks “Boomer” is a terrible name to give your baby?!

      • Attila the Hunt says:

        All is well… Daddy has truckloads of money in case something goes wrong with Boomer when he grows up.

      • Irish Ringer says:

        It’s not offensive so I’m not sure why it’s so bad? Could have named him something vanilla like Dan, John, Rob, or even worse parse all those together into one name 🙂

      • Stay Human says:

        I kinda like the name myself. The kid’s already at higher than usual risk of having some problems due to being the child of a celeb, so adding a weird name on top of that is probably a drop in the bucket. I wonder how Apple Paltrow and Dweezil Zappa are doing these days.

  65. Joe says:

    Yikes, that’s a rough swim for Meili. When she did her 2:23 at Austin she swam slow in prelims too, but a 2:30 isn’t gonna come back I don’t think.

    • ct swim fan says:

      That heat may have greatly miscalculated what they needed to do. No one in the top 10 this year in this event according to the announcer. Says it all.

  66. tm71 says:

    those 200 breast heats have been fairly slow and lackluster. the best thus far galat 22672

  67. Joe says:

    Galat has really had quite the meet so far.

  68. tm71 says:

    micah lawrence 22627 she is like camille adams as far as being slow in the first 100 but having the best last 50 by far

  69. track says:

    Lawrence 2:26.27 top time of the heats

  70. track says:

    Now what everyone’s been waiting for. Phelps and Lochte in the 200IM, and what can young swimmers like Licon do to possibly upset one of the two big names who have dominated this event since 2004.

  71. track says:

    Caeleb Dressel DSQ in the 200IM. I would love to see him swim this, but it makes since because of his 100 free tonight

    • Aquajosh says:

      Four years from now. I absolutely believe this will be one of if not his best event(s) when all is said and done.

  72. Caleb says:

    200 breast looks upside down… Really surprised to see Miranda Tucker on the outside; she made the 100 final and is usually much better in the 200. Margalis has been having a great meet and almost missed semis as well, 5 seconds off her time from 2 weeks ago. Meili out in the cold, too, but that 2:23 was a real outlier so I’m less surprised to see her off in this event.

    • PK boo I\'m sad my name is too short now says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Margalis was much faster tonight. That whole first circle seeded heat was very slow.

  73. Hdhdhdjjcqdhdjdhhejejwiaioaixhfhehbenw says:

    “Reigning 100m backstroke Olympic champion Matt Grevers qualified in 14th overall. The 200m backstroke will be Grevers’ last chance to make the 2012 Olympic team.” 2016, not 2012

  74. track says:

    Nolan and Seliskar leading their heat of the 200 IM

  75. track says:

    Seliskar in the first sub 2:00 time 1:59.89

  76. Caleb says:

    Tough call for Licon… guess he is feeling confident in the breast. Or maybe, whatever his odds are at U.S. trials, he has a much better chance of medaling in the breast, should he make the team.

    • Chris says:

      Had the same thought. He’s probably 50-50 or close to it in the 200br, whereas with Lochte looking nearly injury-free this morning, the 200IM was gonna be awfully tough.

      Still disappointing not to see what he could go in it, as you hate for a guy that good at IM not to swim either of them. I’m worried that Eddie again thinks Will isn’t rested enough, like he did at NCAAs this year.

  77. Damiansport1 says:

    3rd overall seed Licoln is no-show in 200 IM! Really easy road for Lochte and Phelps now

  78. track says:

    Prenot and Licon have lots of potential in the 200IM, but have DSQed in it for the 200 breast finals tonight

  79. track says:

    Here’s ryan lochte

  80. track says:

    D2 Studd Matt Josa in 25.33 after the fly.

  81. track says:

    Lochte at 54.89 after the backstroke

  82. Damiansport1 says:

    Impressive Lochte

  83. track says:

    Lochte leads at the 150, Josa 1.8 seconds behind in second

  84. tm71 says:

    lochte an easy 15805

  85. Damiansport1 says:

    And Chase Kalisz got DSQ! Wow. It would be shocking now if Lochte or Phelps didnt get to Rio.

    • Danjohnrob says:

      Kalisz had a “declared false start”, he wasn’t disqualified. I don’t really understand WHY he wouldn’t swim this race. He’s ranked in the top 20 in the world right now, and he doesn’t have any conflicting races. Why not just swim it to try and improve your time or for race training? Well, MP and Lochte are safe as kittens now.

  86. Attila the Hunt says:

    Lochte was looking real good.
    An olympics gold finally?

  87. track says:

    Lochte wins 1:58, Josa DSQed

  88. track says:

    Final heat featuring Phelps, Kalisz DFS

  89. track says:

    Phelps in the fly at 25.29

  90. track says:

    Finishing the backstroke in 54.87

  91. track says:

    Andrew sneaks up on Phelps in the breast, still Phelps by a body length

  92. track says:

    Phelps 1:58.95, Lochte and Phelps looked good.

  93. tm71 says:

    mp 15895 coasted the entire last 25

  94. Damiansport1 says:

    Phelps again slow in the last 50.

  95. Attila the Hunt says:

    Michael Andrew 9th 2:00.79 PB

    this 200 IM is deeeepppp

  96. tm71 says:

    the scratches by dwyer, kalisz, nolan and licon makes is almost a slam dunk for the big two

    • Joe says:

      Yeah everyone’s running scared. (Though Nolan swam it – maybe you meant Prenot?) Can’t see anyone in the field going under 1:57 which Phelps and Lochte will do easily.

      • tm71 says:

        yes prenot did not swim it. him and licon are putting all of their marbles on that 200 breast final tonight, to try to get that second spot behind cordes

    • Steve Nolan says:

      Nolan scratched IM? Huh.

  97. Danjohnrob says:

    I’m not trying to back Michael Andrew, but to my eye it looks like he’s dropping his elbows on his freestyle recovery and his strokes look awful short to me. Mind you, I’m only an age-group coach, but…

    • Pvdh says:

      The technique on his freestyle is horrible.

    • Danjohnrob says:

      Ooops, I meant I’m not trying to BASH MA, LOL!

    • xenon says:

      I bought his freestyle technique video. He cuts his stroke off too early I think. His arm exits the water with his forearm and top arm at a 90 degree angle, so his hand is a few inches above the top of his hip when his hand comes out on recovery. I know you aren’t supposed extend your hand all the way back but watching underwater footage of the top freestylers, they extend a lot more than MA. It works with his 50 but not the 100 or 200. I also got his breaststroke video which was very good.

    • CoachD says:

      Yeah, but they claim USRPT focuses on technique…

  98. Hint of Lime says:

    Did this live stream just cut out in the middle of Phelps’ heat or is it just me?

  99. xenon says:

    Michael Andrew’s fly looked really good. 17 strokes instead of the usual 18 and he still went 25.3. I hope this is good news for his 100 fly.

  100. Crawler says:

    Locate looked good and this time around he won’t get fatigued by the 200 back.

    • Crawler says:

      Lochte! Damn “predictive” spelling software!

      • Stay Human says:

        Mine always autoincorrects to Locate too. I think we should all just agree that Locate will be an acceptable substitution for Lochte, it will save the spelling/grammar Nazis some time and energy.

  101. dru says:

    just looked up the schedule of the events for the evening session..

    2breast final is the first event.. and the 2IM semis are the final event.. really disappointed licon and prenot decided not to swim the 2IM

    also got no clue why Kalisz didn’t swim

    • Crawler says:

      Prenot and Licon have a chance in the 200 br and close to none in the 200 IM if Lochte is 90% healthy, so …

      • dru says:

        they could have swam both.. the 2IM semis are at the end of the session.. the 2 breast final is the first event of the night

        it wouldn’t be like missy on night 3 swimming the 200 free semis then have to swim the 100 back final with only the men’s 2free final in between

        • CoachD says:

          Why waste the energy if your going against two GOATS in the 200IM?

          • dru says:

            because nothing is guaranteed.. see the 4IM and 2free

          • MTK says:

            Why not give it a shot in prelims and see what you can do? Conger probably wishes he had given 100fr a shot now. Can always scratch semis if you want to focus on another event.

        • Crawler says:

          Remember Lochte’s 200bk/200IM in London? And what if they lost their ticket in the 200 br by 5/100 sec.? They would question their decision to the end of their lives.

    • MTK says:

      I don’t understand Kalisz’s logic either. He’s on the team already yes, but what else is he even entered in now that 200fly is done?

      • Stay Human says:

        I wonder if it’s because his 4IM wasn’t as fast as he wanted and he’d rather put all his eggs in that basket for Rio, since his chances of beating the GOATs is small and his chance of medaling in Rio is slim to none and would be unnecessary mental baggage at the very least.

  102. AWilliams says:

    Go Amanda….lol gotta cheer for a Georgia resident and Swim Across America supporter!

  103. bobo gigi says:

    Why some people want to see Licon and Prenot in the 200 IM?
    Both guys have their best event tonight and it’s their only chance of qualification.
    Why wasting energy in the morning to swim an event in which, at best, you can take the 3rd place 2 or 3 seconds behind MP and Lochte?
    Very smart schedule stategy. It’s not so common this week. 😆

    For the rest, looks like Abbey is ready for the performance I hope. Go out hard Abbey! Take your mind off! And see what happens!
    It’s likely to see Kelsi Worrell scratch the semis tonight to focus on her 200 fly final. I don’t see the interest of that morning swim. Weird schedule strategy. It’s very common this week. 😆

    Cal guys Murphy and Pebley will crush the 200 back with stellar times. And I predict that both will win a medal in Rio.

  104. bobo gigi says:

    By the way unlike everybody else, I think that this meet is a dream meet for Lochte.
    No no, I’m really serious!
    Since last year I repeat that his only individual gold medal chance (even simply individual medal chance) in Rio will be the 200 IM.
    He will not swim the 400 IM there.
    He will not swim the 200 free there.
    He will not swim the 4X100 free relay there.
    He will not swim the 200 back there.
    Before the 200 IM he will swim only the 4X200 free relay prelims or final.
    He will be fresh and ready.
    That’s the perfect scenario for a very old man like Lochte.

    • Beachbumj343 says:

      What do you think would be phelps best schedule? Especially when he will be 100 percent fresh then compared to now?

      • bobo gigi says:

        It’s not popular to say that on swimswam but I don’t think he should swim the 200 fly.
        My heart says “swim it, you have a revenge to take and that’s your baby event” but my brain says “drop that event MP, you are too old to endure 3 hard rounds of such a grueling event and it could cost you much for the rest of the week”.

        About MP olympic schedule, the problem is that we know anything more about the state of his freestyle.
        So will he swim both relays? No idea.
        I will not change my longtime MP schedule hopes for Rio. 200 IM/100 fly and the 3 relays are well enough.

        But I’m 100% sure he’ll swim the 200 fly there. 🙂

        • bobo gigi says:

          We don’t know anything about the state of his freestyle because he hides it since the summer of 2014. Last summer no freestyle fully tapered. And this week no freestyle either. I’m not too worried. I can’t believe he has a specific problem of freestyle. Anyway his coach is not stupid. He’s also the US men’s team coach and if he sees at the training camps that MP freestyle is not where it should be, he will not take the risk of putting him in a relay final.

          • Quinn says:

            I think he chose not to swim freestyle this meet because he isn’t fully tapered and doesn’t want everybody to count him out yet because of an untested meet. I think he needs a much larger taper now that he is so much older and I think he’s saving it for rio. Based on last nights time and what he went In August I refuse to believe that just after anoter year of great training that he has deteriorated so much. He’s going to peak in rio and hopefully go 3 for 3 individual gold and maybe swim the free relays and hopefully go one last best time before he hangs up the cap and goggles for good.

          • Quinn says:

            I think he chose not to swim freestyle this meet because he isn’t fully tapered and doesn’t want everybody to count him out yet because of an untested meet. I think he needs a much larger taper now that he is so much older and I think he’s saving it for rio. Based on last nights time and what he went In August I refuse to believe that just after anoter year of great training that he has deteriorated so much. He’s going to peak in rio and hopefully go 3 for 3 individual gold and maybe swim the free relays and hopefully go one last best time before he hangs up the cap and goggles for good.

        • Dr.x says:

          I have a strong feeling that Phelps won’t swim 800 free relay.
          He might swim 400 free relay
          N rest 4 events we know are a sure lock.
          That’s my prediction !

        • Dr.x says:

          200 im at Rio will be the best event after 200 fly for me.
          Hagino vs lochte vs Phelps !

        • Beachbumj343 says:

          I personally hope that he does all three individual events and leave the relays for the kids and shields can do the medley for butterfly leg.

        • Lazy Observer says:

          I kinda love when you say “Take a revenge.” But as an FYI, it would be either “you want revenge” or “you want to get revenge.”

          And the more I type it, the weirder that word seems.

  105. frank says:

    My take away is good or bad most time are amazingly slow and not looking good for olympics unless really bad in tapering cycle.

  106. bobo gigi says:

    By the way happy birthday to Michael Phelps who turns 31 today.

  107. Back2Back says:

    Matt Grevers = Class Act

    I know he is proud he has handed the baton off to some amazing future backstrokers for USA for 2016. I will miss the years of dominance and that ever-present smile and sense of good humor in RIO.

    I would not count out a highly focused comeback in the next quad – which I would wish for.

    Best of everything Matt!

  108. Dee says:

    No disrespect to the other ladies – But I would love to see Amanda Weir get an individual swim in Rio. My heart wants Weir & Neal – My head says Weitzeil & Manuel.

  109. Ralph Eatsbeef says:

    I love USA Swimming!
    The Trials (to me!) are almost better than the Games, because of the mass of old and new of America’s best swimmer so coming together with everything on the line. Go USA!

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Mitch Bowmile is a former Canadian age group swimmer who was forced to end his career early due to a labrum tear in his hip and a torn rotator cuff after being recognized as one of the top 50 breaststrokers his age in Canada. He competed successfully at both age …

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