8 days of Olympic Trials Images

Resident artist and photographer, Tim Binning, is the MAN. We love him at SwimSwam. Below are images he captured during the 8 days of Olympic Trials competition. See all of Tim’s images (from NCAA coverage to the Grand Prix events to the Olympic Trials) here. 

The arena…before competition.














Camille Adams, breathing to the side in 200 fly…WINNING!














I am Burckle…a breaststroker Olympic bound!














Beisel… I’m small, but I’ll kick your butt!














Tyler Clary…the workhorse! If you don’t pull for Clary, you don’t know swimming.














Cullen Jones…. Nathan, I know, you didn’t think I could sprint past 80 meters.  














Shanteau…an Olympian again. 














Claire Donahue… butterfly breakout star.














Michael Phelps… Did I just win the 200 free in 1:45.7? Really? Nice. 














Phelps, running to see the Phelps family… 




























Not Phelps. Look at Tom Shields… I can swim meters, I can swim meters. (51 point 100 meters fly. Yep, you can!)














Giles Smith…. Four years from now, 100 fly is mine. 














Dana Vollmer…will go 55 in the 100 fly in London. Just putting it out there. 














McGill… I’m a freaking Olympian! Awesome! Now, time to go kiss my girl. (See top image)














Jones & Ervin…. Game-Changers














Don’t kid yourself. Olympic Trials was Anthony Ervin’s party. You were just a guest. 














Missy Franklin… Little tired here. How many events am I swimming in London? 5,6,7? 














I have no idea what they’re talking about when they crowd one lane after a race. Can anyone shed some light?














Ricky Berens… Yep, 3rd in the 2-free. Won’t be swimming it individually, and there’s no way Lochte or Phelps will scratch that race. 














2012 Olympic Swimming Team














SWIMSWAM TEAM: Swim nerd 1, Pretty Boy Stud, my beautiful wife & site manager, Swim Nerd 2, Swim Nerd 3














The view from the mix zone, the media area where all of the athletes exited the pool.  Good-bye Omaha. 














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10 years ago

Excellent photos!

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
10 years ago

I wouldn’t be much of a swim fan if I didn’t know you side-breathed! And yeah, I mean, she was swimming the 2 Fly – gonna look pained either way.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
10 years ago

Mel, your neck muscles must be really flexible!

10 years ago

And where’s the photo of the most surprising result: Scott Weltz?

10 years ago

1) Side breathing in fly looks incredibly unfun for your neck.

2) Claire Donahue = butterfly?

Reply to  junker23
10 years ago

I felt pain also just looking at how Donahue was breathing.

Also, Donahue is not exactly breakout butterfly star.

She was already second fastest american flyer last year, in 58.05

Reply to  aswimfan
10 years ago

Claire Donahue does not do side breathing. That picture was not of her.

Reply to  Connie
10 years ago

That’s Camille Adams, no?

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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