15-Year Old Ledecky, Cullen Jones, Stun on 7th Night of Trials

  104 Braden Keith | July 01st, 2012 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps, U.S. Olympic Trials

Day 7 of the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, will be one of the best of the entire session. With 4 finals and 1 semi, we’ll get a to see many of the big names, and many of the more compelling storylines of the entire meet.

That includes another Ryan LochteMichael Phelps battle, this time in the 100 fly where Phelps has a decided advantage. But that 100 fly will even have bigger stories aside from Lochte-Phelps. There’s Tyler McGill shooting for his first Olympic spot; Davis Tarwater looking to avoid heartbreak again, and young stars Tim Phillips and Tom Shields trying to break-through.

We’ll also get a Missy Franklin 200 backstroke swim where she still might be in the hunt for an American or World Record. Then there will be the men’s 50 free final that will determine once-and-for-all just how successful Anthony Ervin’s comeback is going to be.

Be sure to refresh, as we’ll be updating with event-by-event recaps as fast as we can.

Women’s 200 backstroke Final

All of a sudden on Sunday, the hype for a Missy Franklin World Record got red-hot. It spread through the major media with apparent disregard from what we saw in previous races. Aside from her 100 back, very early in the meet, Franklin looked under-rested at this meet (intentionally or not), and though she had an outstanding time in the women’s 200 back to win and claim her 4th individual Olympic spot (and 2nd title of this meet), her 2:06.12 wasn’t close to her American Record in the race. That’s the World-leader this year by about five-tenths.

Elizabeth Beisel didn’t let Franklin get too far away from her, and thanks to a great third 50 put Liz Pelton away and scored the other individual spot in this race for London. Beisel’s 2:07.58 is the fastest she’s ever been in textile, and will give her a second race along with the 400 IM. Now we’ll have to see how well she does when she has a much lighter schedule in London.

Pelton was 3rd in 2:08.06 and won’t make the Olympic Team. She hasn’t had a “bad” meet per se, she just hasn’t been great either. Bonnie Brandon, who with her impressive size has a great future, was the only other swimmer under 2:10 with a 2:09.52.

Youth truly was the story in this 200 backstroke; only a single swimmer (Teresa Crippen in 7th) is out of her teens. That includes 16-year old Kylie Stewart in 5th in 2:10.68 – that juts misses her best time by .07 seconds.

Men’s 100 Fly Final

Michael Phelps paced this 100 fly just-about perfectly, and pushed his first 50 meters just as much as he needed to in order to come away with a win in the men’s 100 fly in 51.14. He used his trademarked back-half on that swim (the only finalist to close in under 27.1) to post both a winner and a world-leading time, which basically ensures him the ability to complete the same 8-event schedule that he took 8 gold medals in at the 2008 Olympics.

But Tyler McGill didn’t let him feel comfortable in this race. McGill wasn’t able to pull off the upset, but he did fight for a second-place swim in 51.32.

Ryan Lochte, who would say after the race that he actually trained this morning and was using this “for fun” rather than admitting any designs on a medley relay spot.

Tom Shields took 4th in a best-time of 51.86, including a great second-half. The sky is his limit in his senior season at Cal next year; even though he didn’t make the Olympic Team, with how many improvements he’s made in his stroke on top of the water this summer, he’s going to be nearly unbeatable in short course.

And then there’s the SwimMAC boys: Davis TarwaterTim Phillips, and Eugene Godsoe. They went 5-6-7 in this race, but all of them took the first 50 with blazing speed. They were the three-fastest to the turn, but just ran out of gas. None of the three will go to London.

Women’s 800 Free Final

Katie Ledecky’s 800 free win in 8:19.78, when all of the dust settles, will be the most unreal swim of this meet so far. She went out in a 2:01.67, which is unreal-good for an opening leg. That’s the kind of front-end speed that you only see in textile from the all-time greats like Kate Ziegler, Rebecca Adlington, and Laure Manaudou.

Moreso than every other swimmer in this field, who all swam with a traditional, balanced, even-tempo stroke, Ledecky swam with a gallop. Picture Michael Phelps in the 200 free, only she did it for a full 800 meters. She was generating much more power out of each stroke than one would usually see out of a distance swimmer, and she didn’t crack! She doesn’t have a ton of experience, but she just didn’t crack. She pushed and pushed and pushed, turning halfway in a 4:08, and still having enough to close in under 30 seconds.

And all of this from just a 15-year old. That was the best swim of the entire week. Period. I’m not sure that an American crowd has gotten behind an 800 freestyle like that in the last decade, at least. Her coach Yuri Suguiyama stayed pretty calm until the last turn. When it became obvious that she was going to win, he just erupted and screamed as loud as he could.

She now ranks 2nd in the world this year, behind only last year’s World Champion Adlington, and as the fifth-fastest American in history. She also moved closer to Janet Evans’ 15-16 National Age Group Record in that race; this puts her 2.5 seconds back, and 8-seconds better than anyone else in history in the group. And she’s still got a whole year to go after that record.

As for the runner-up, Kate Ziegler has bounced back in her time training in Virginia (both of these girls are from the D.C. area) to take the second spot in 8:21.87. For a veteran like her, that can’t be overlooked as the third-best swim of her career, and third-best in the world this year. Ziegler is settling back into her old routines with her former program at the Fish after a big chunk of time away, and suddenly the Americans have to gold-medal contenders for London, which it didn’t look like we would be able to say even once at this time last year.

Haley Anderson coming off of her open water Olympic qualification with a best time in this 800 in 8:26.60, and Chloe Sutton was 4th in 8:28.12. Sutton has really focused on improving the power in her lower-half since making the full-time transition to pool-swimming, and that seems to have made her more of a 400 freestyler at this point of her career.

As if a 15-year old winning weren’t enough, 14-year old Becca Mann took 5th in 8:28.54. That breaks an epic, 34-year old National Age Group Record  for 13-14’s set by Sippy Woodhead that had been 8:29.35. That is one of the oldest records in American swimming, and can’t be overshadowed even by the amazing Ledecky swim. In her third final, Mann completed an outstanding meet that is one of the best we’ve ever seen by a swimmer that young.

Men’s 50 Free

The unbelievable session continued into the men’s 50 freestyle. For the first time of this meet, SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones coupled his great start with an outstanding finish, and that all came together in a 21.59. That’s the second-best swim in the world this year, and the fastest that he’s been outside of 2009, which was the best year of his career (suited or not).

Anthony Ervin took 2nd in 21.60, completing his comeback with an Olympic berth. He drove hard at the end of this race and his nearly-flawless technique carried him to another best time in the race, and he will have a chance to compete in his first Olympics in 12 years.

SwimMAC’s Josh Schneider maxed-out at a 21.78, a best time, and Jimmy Feigen was 5th in 21.93. Those five Americans, all under 22 seconds, is a slew more than we had in the whole of 2011.

Matt Grevers took 6th in 22.09.

Women’s 50 Free Semifinals

Just as the American men had 5 swimmers under 22 seconds, the American men followed-up with 5 swimmers under 25 seconds in the two semi-finals. All of the top 50 freestylers made this final safely, including another top-seed from Jessica Hardy in 24.56. She and Tucson Ford’s Christine Magnuson are the top two seeds (Magnuson in 24.72), and both have really made a transition from their own primary strokes to these sprint freestyles, and thus far it’s paying off for both.

Dara Torres looked much better coming off of the blocks in this semi-final than she did in the prelims, and she swam a 24.80. I wasn’t sure that she could really get that low, but she still

Madison Kennedy and Kara Lynn Joyce, who have been training together at SwimMAC just the last few weeks, touched juts apart in 24.96 and 24.97.

Margo GeerKait Flederbech, and defending National Champion Lara Jackson, all from Tucson Ford, round out the A-Final.

Full day 7 results available here.

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104 Comments on "15-Year Old Ledecky, Cullen Jones, Stun on 7th Night of Trials"


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Allstar9
3 years 10 months ago

So is it just me, or was that 100 fly a little slower than expected? Glad McGill got in there though.

TX Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

Kathleen Ledecky kicked butt! We have a new female distance star.

john26
3 years 10 months ago

OMFG

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Ledecky wow!

She is without a doubt this generation’s Janet Evans.

Adlington better watch out!
I hope Ledecky will be able to at least. re-do this swim in London

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed! Ledecky’s emergence has been long overdue for the United States. And a great time by Ziegler, to boot!

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Ervin goes to London!

Although Jones’ swim surprised me more. i really thought Adrian and Earvin would have taken the spots.

Suddenly there are now many contenders for the 50 minor medals in London (with Cielo presumably takes the gold)

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Is Craig Lord keeping on with his usual talk? just after the race he writes an Article Saying Cielo in Under Attack… Cielo without being 100% got 21.38.

This Race is Probably Cielo for Gold, Fratus Ervin Jones (Even with me doubting he can keep up with pressure) Magnussen and Maybe Manadou for the rest of the medals

3 years 10 months ago

Maybe a little theatrical from Craig, but he’s the best in the business.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I agree

IPHSWIM
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t rule out George Bovell – 21.89 unrested at Indy Grand Prix and is flying under the radar and working with the great Mike Bottom at Club Wolverine!

Liliana
3 years 10 months ago

That was a hideous race by MP, dead last at the start. Also, hideous lie by Lochte. Doing 100 fly “for fun”, really? STFU

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Relax.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte has been training his butts off in 100 fly it seems

TX Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte claimed he had a training session this morning. True or not he is swimming this meet on little rest and will need to be considered in the Medley relay prelim because 51.65 is terrific!

3 years 10 months ago

Why would Ryan be considered for a slot with Tyler at 51.32 (and with a PR even faster than that?). That would be pretty cruel to take away McGill’s only good shot at a gold to give Lochte another of many, especially when… Ryan is quite a bit slower.

TX Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

I am just saying he should be considered. If he is on fire in his events before the medley relay in London he has to considered. He has swum the butterfly leg well in short course events.

bbrswimmer
3 years 10 months ago

he should be considered for prelims if and only if mcgill does poorly in london

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Tyler McGill deserves to be on the prelims 4×100 medley. period.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Huge times !!!! fantastic Jones and Ervin ! well deserved !

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte was fast on 100 butterfly ! he will be ready in London for all races ! I bet on him

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

The sad thing is the hugely talented Pelton doesn’t make it to London.

This trials must not be a happy memory for her:
scratched 100 back final (which she shouldn’t have), third in 200 IM and third in 200 back.
That must hurt.

Craig H
3 years 10 months ago

Ya, I remember thinking that it seemed like a really poor decision to scratch the 100 back. I think she could have beaten Bootsma for the #2 spot.

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Anything’s possible but it was unlikely. Her odds were better in the 200IM and 200 Back. Kukors opened the door for her a bit. Pelton doesn’t have Bootsma’s raw speed and turnover. Pelton’s pb was a 59.99 from two years ago. Bootsma went 59.1/59.4 in Omaha coming off a 59.6 last year. At this point I think it’s evident that Bootsma is the consistently better 100 back swimmer and Pelton’s other swims certainly didn’t portend she could be a threat to go under 59.5. Pelton’s best times would have been good enough in the 200 back and in the 200IM especially, not so in the 100 back.

3 years 10 months ago

What mean – scratched?

Allstar9
3 years 10 months ago

The 50 free just blew my mind! I did see Jones getting in just because his meet has been going so well. Those times though? Very impressive I say.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Now Jones and Ervin can even medal in London !!! that’s great sprint news

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

5 guys under 22 !!! that’s the best times assembled on 50 free for a long time

Allstar9
3 years 10 months ago

exactly! Medal chances?! I think SO!! USA!

scott o'connor
3 years 10 months ago

Incredible that the two oldest guys made the team in the 50. Great job! Tyler McGill needs to teach them his start (reaction time).

drdov
3 years 10 months ago

Phelps just swam the worst 100m fly he could imagine
Everything that he could do wrong he did
It was a shocker
But he still wins with world’s best
Who else can do that?

3 years 10 months ago

Technically I don’t he was sharp all week but peformed well so I would expect much better times in London as well as attention to detail.

beachmouse
3 years 10 months ago

Nice to see three swimmers with African American heritage onto the team. Hope that it helps USA Swimming continue to build their diversity initiatives and show that world class swimmers have a lot of different skin colors.

3 years 10 months ago

I’m still not sure why we place so much emphasis on diversity in America. We are Americans so who cares?

Eric
3 years 10 months ago

because there is still a stereotype, that unfortunately some people still believe, that black people can’t swim.

Sans Pallegrini
3 years 10 months ago

It does matter and while you may not want to care, the role itself (of diversity in swimming) is bigger than just getting more black kids into competitive swimming: it’s to save lives.

junker23
3 years 10 months ago

Think about the opposite – Not placing an emphasis on diversity would definitely be bad.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

With these guys on fire on 50 , we can hope for the best 400 free Us relay !!! it is possible .

fatsmcgee
3 years 10 months ago

Being from her hometown I was hyped for Ledecky before trials, but WOW. She doesn’t seem to stop improving and she’s just a novice on the world stage. As Ledecky has proven this week she’s also got some serious speed and is really versatile! Without speculating too hard, I wouldn’t be shocked to see her mature and do serious damage in the 200 through 800 in the coming years.

Also, who could have guessed Ervin would make the team a year ago? Unless you count Brendan Hansen, who really never stopped working out, that has to be by far the most successful comeback in swimming this year. Crazy. Crazy awesome.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

I agree Beachmouse . Goood observation , great point

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

When i saw Ervin 6 months ago competing in a meet , i knew he would qualify ! His speed skill is unique … and that’s says how good he is ! great talent back ! Way to go Anthony !

bond
3 years 10 months ago

I think Josh Schneider is done with swimming.

completelyconquered
3 years 10 months ago

More money in football anyways.

junker23
3 years 10 months ago

Not for a guy that has basically no shot of even being on a practice squad.

Sure, it could happen, but I’d put it at a solid 1%.

bgjones88
3 years 10 months ago

Who is Ryan think he is fooling? Doing the 100 fly, an event he isn’t even particularly good at just for “fun”?!? Please! He knows he didn’t come close to giving his all on the 100 free to qualify for the relays. For someone who has been talking himself up for.the last year and a hlf saying it’s his time, he wants to make history etc. this meet has got to be a big heaping slice of humble pie. I actually think it is really sad too. I think he is a very talented swimmer, but has let his ego get in the way of his ability. I fell his overwhelming desire to to top Michael in swimming and public image has caused him to make some poor decisions here. I hope he realizes by london that actions speak louder than words and checks his ego at the door and just swims. That’s the way Phelps became who he is and the only way anybody will ever come close to being considered anywhere near as succesful as him.

Jeah
3 years 10 months ago

An event he is not particularly good at?? Are you saying a 51.65 100 fly untapered after swimming 5 indidual events is not good?? Quit hating!

Bgjones88
3 years 10 months ago

I am not saying it is not good, it just simply isn’t good enough. I don’t hate him, I just am tired of him constantly building himself up and underperforming the standards he publicly sets for himself. I think he is a phenomenal swimmer and had a great meet for any swimmer. But he is the one who keeps doing interviews and saying this is his time, he is the best, his training has been perfect etc. and under those statements in my opinion he didn’t put the money where his mouth is with these trials That’s all.

Joyce
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe that’s the Amercian arrogance! Lol

3 years 10 months ago

I do think he really wanted to have a shot at 7 or 8 medals like Phelps, but based on times alone he won’t be on the 4×100 Free and Medly relays so at best he can earn 5. The 200Fr is a toss up for everyone, but the remaining events he’ll medal in.

Mark
3 years 10 months ago

I’m a little tired of Lochte-Phelps, Phelps-Lochte all the time, too. But to say Lochte swam an event he’s not particularly good at is stretching the hater mode. He got 3rd at Olympic Trials, not fully tapered, in his 6th or 7th best event. He’s awfully good at quite a few events. Somehow, you have to admit – a pretty good showing by a pretty good swimmer.

Bgjones
3 years 10 months ago

No, I think it was a great meet for a amazing swimmer. All I was saying is I can’t help but feel that because Ryan has constantly been stating for the last year how basically amazing he is and how he is going to finally be on top, there has to be a part of him that feels he just didn’t live up to that here. Maybe he will in London. If he wouldn’t have hyped himself up so much, I think that everbody would be walking away only talking about how well he did. I’m not at all questioning how great of a swimmer he is. I think he is amazing. I’m just afraid he is getting in his own way. That’s all.

Kevin
3 years 10 months ago

I’m tired of peope assuming he’s untapered not rested, and even Lochte tries to put that as an excuse. You never hear Phelps making excuses like that which is what makes him better. Lochte is for sure rested. He swims like crap at every meet except for ones that he is rested at. Everyone thinks he is such a tough guy and a maniac for training so hard. I think he’s kind of soft for all his awful performances at the grand prix. At least Phelps can be broken down and still come in meet in and meet out and tough it out to swim great times.

Mark
3 years 10 months ago

Phelps doesn’t make excuses!?! Please see 2009 – 2011! Pick a meet, any meet!!

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Except for last summer when Phelps was out of shape despite his lifetime best in the 200 IM, right?

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Also, why do you have a problem assuming that Lochte is broken down, but you readily believe that Phelps is?

3 years 10 months ago

Ha!As i expect, five guys UNDER 22 and at least one guy in 21.5 range!But to be truthful, i wasnt expecting this time by Cullen Jones.Great race!

SilverDollar
3 years 10 months ago

WoW! way to go Cullen Jones and Tony Ervin. So proud of them. USA looks good for London. I/m a big Lockte fan but I hope he shuts up and gets ready for London. Phelps is King.

Kevin
3 years 10 months ago

I’ll bet Lochte is wondering what he could have been if he swam the 200 fly. He is a much better 200 swimmer than sprinter as we have learned in his other events. On top of that, he would have had two more under waters to add in the 200, and he looks better than anyone off the walls. He could have been world class in the event for sure, but now it is too late.

And no, he should not be considered for the 4 by 100 medley prelim swim. Mcgill beat him plain and simple. Mcgill took the second spot which means he at least gets the prelim swim if he comes in second to Michael and vice versa in London. Don’t give me this crap saying he deserves a prelim spot and continue whining about it over the next month. He should have swam 3 tenths faster to get 2nd place, rules are rules.

And before you jump on my case saying “what about Michael not swimming the 100 free”, he has been apart of that relay since 2002 at all major international competitions and has much more experience swimming the 100 free than Lochte does swimming the 100 fly. That is his first time in a major competition trying the 100 fly, and Mcgill is a veteran in that event and swam the leg in Beijing relay as well. He deserves it, so cut out the whining, I don’t want to see blog after blog saying Ryan should be on the medley relay…

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed… also If Locthe gets a medal from the relay.. it would not be fair at all with the other guys… even for the freestyle relay (that may not medal) I think he would only go in if he doesn´t shut anyone out

john26
3 years 10 months ago

kevin, i think it is important that lochte put up a strong swim in the fly tonight. His placing third is not important, he couldve been fourth fifth or even worse as long as his time was solid. The point is if mcgill is unable to deliver ie. Misses finals or cant break 52, lochte will most likely swim the prelims just like shanteau did last year. This would be the case even if he was fifth to shields and tarwater was well as they wouldnt be on the plane to london anyways.

Eric
3 years 10 months ago

don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

Kyle
3 years 10 months ago

McGill is great but was not in Beijing 4 years ago, Ian Crocker was.

http://www.omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=0001080B0046000000FFFFFFFFFFFF01

Good for McGill. 100 fly national teamer for a while now doing the hardest thing out there: perform when expected (required?) to.

Jim
3 years 10 months ago

The reason Michael will be on the 4×100 relay is because he swam a 48.49 at the Columbus Grand Prix this year. That time would have placed him 3rd at Trials.

Jammer 99
3 years 10 months ago

Looks like Cielo is gonna get shut out of any medals in London. That 21.38 at Maria Lenk was a bogus.
5 guys under 22!! GO USA!!

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

the 2011 largest advantage on world championship ever is also bogus on your mind right?

Jammer 99
3 years 10 months ago

Yes his 2011 results were all bogus because he was supposed to be banned. His performances were aided by whatever he was masking with foresmide. We shall see how well he does without the aid of whatever he was masking.

CMA
3 years 10 months ago

dumb ass furosemide doesnt do anything. does as much as phelps marijuana would do.
and the 21.38 is from 2012.

3 years 10 months ago

Cielo will have his hands full with several competitors and really only has a chance in the 50. I see alot of people talking about how he wasn’t 100% earlier this year, but he said he was 99% so I’m guessing that was a full taper and a poor (for him) 100 time that he put up compared to the 50. He’s still the favorite in the 50 until someone beats him.

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

I think even doing pooly on Maria lenk he is still one of the 4 guys who was a sub-48 result already.. and he usuallys step up when need. So he has a medal shot on 100 free;

Also brazil Medley Relay summing up best times of each guy is only 0.2 slower than JPN.. and a little faster than Germany, France because of a very poor breast is a little behind these 3 countries for bronze. So 50 is not his only chance..

Also he said that, but his coach said he was around 90-95%. and Cielo himself admitted his 100 free was pretty lame at that time..

3 years 10 months ago

JUSTIN,
All that talk he wasnt 100% was the same of MariaLenk in the year before(2011), with the SAME results, and thesame with Maria Lenk of 2010.Is all media buble gum/hype.
Last year(2011), he was talking he was expecting 48low(in 100 free marialenk trophy).He made 49.03 and lost to Fratus 48.72. It looks when Cielo is not tapered/peaked,he cant hold his rest too much time.Brett Hawke always told Cielo needs extra rest when tapering than most swimmers to perform well
If you follow Cielo results, you know Cielo opening in 23.04 a 100 free is very weak.You can expecting him to die in last 50, but you can expect at least, a faster first 50.Hearing coach Alberto interview after trophy, he told he was expecting a lot more, but he talked:
That swim(i guess a 47 low) is there.Today nothing worked,but THE SWIM, is there.

He is a very skilled coach, i have no reason to doubt about coach Alberto faith in Cielo 100 free.(NOTE: I still think Magnussen will win in a stupid WR, maybe 46.70 or lower…)

Emanuella
3 years 10 months ago

dream on. Cielo, Aussie dude and Fratus. lol

3 years 10 months ago

Sorry,
besides his 100 free(very poor by his own coach words in all aspects-start,swim development,first leg and coming home ) what i think was caused because his rest was done, he was EXACTLY where he was expecting in 50 free(21.3 range).
Cielo only will lose gold medal, if he underperforms/get injuried.Take his 50 free in PanAms like a basis swim.Only 21.58, but:It was in the last day, crappy start blocks, bad RT(only 0.71 what is bad when he is normally between 0.61-0.63) and he still made ONE breath, what break a bit his speed.Still faster than Jones.

Congrats to David Marsh, outstanding swim!Just 0.19 shy of a PB in a shiny suit made that swim one of the best of the year.

ZYNG43
3 years 10 months ago

I seriously doubt Cielo won’t get any medal….

beachmouse
3 years 10 months ago

Wasn’t there some discussion about the 50 times at Maria Lenk being slightly quicker than normal because it was an outdoor meet with a strong tailwind from the blocks?

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

There was tailwind only on the day of 50 fly, the others days there were none tailwind.. somedays the weather was actually unhelpful rather than neutral

papi
3 years 10 months ago

also 5 women under 25 in semi’s…good women in the 50 as well

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Papi

It will take something around 24.2 to medal on London… Ranomi may even be going for 23 high..

Emanuella
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte did really well, he isnt a sprinter. and as a fan of Lochte I have to say that he cannot swim the medley relay, its not fair. he didnt get the spot.

why the hate on Lochte tho?

a100 fly is going to be the easiest gold for Phelps. he swam poorly and did the best time in the world. lol

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Unless Cavic show up something amazing.. phelps will have more problems on 200 fly than on 100 fly… but both are almost gold lock for Phelps already

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

I like Halsall in that race if she can nail her start.

3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think any of the races will be easy for Phelps and I don’t think a 51.1 will win the 100Fly. I fully expect he’ll be a 50.6 or lower in the 100fly in London.

Emanuella
3 years 10 months ago

he is going to be much faster, tonight was a mess. he is going to be on top form in London.

Dumb ass Cavic missed his chance in Beijing

Kevin
3 years 10 months ago

Ya, definitely will not be the easiest lock for gold for Phelps in London. The results in Beijing 4 years ago proves that point wrong. It is a solid event for Phelps, but it is his last individual race of the olympics so he gets pretty tired by that point I’m sure. I bet it is also tough to keep as much focus for your final event and swim lights out, as say his first event the 400 IM on the first day. Cavic has one focus, the 100 fly. Not gonna be a cake walk for Phelps.

Emanuella
3 years 10 months ago

I dont trust cavic.

IPHSWIM
3 years 10 months ago

why?

TX Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

I doubt that Cavic will be a threat to Phelps again. Maybe Czerniak. That finish by MP in the 100 fly was the worst I have seen by him. He was like stretching upwards to touch the wall. That to me seemed like a sign of fatigue. He may wanna reconsider doing the 4IM.

Phil
3 years 10 months ago

Cavic’s 51.4 from this year’s European Championships included taking it out at 23.1 (no reason to rest for that race, so I’m assuming that’s why he came home in 28.3). If he does that again, Phelps won’t run him down.

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

did not know about those splits.. do you have a video? If he can go 23 high and come back with a 26 low.. can he break Crocker Textile best?

Emanuella
3 years 10 months ago

Do you guys think that Dara can make the team?

Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

I think she can, but I dont think it will happen. Both magnussen and hardy look really good and in my opinion Dara’s start is inconsistent which could mean bad news for her

ZYNG43
3 years 10 months ago

who knows. I have my doubts about her making it too but at the same time she has done incredible things.

H2Opinion
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte’s claim that he just swam the 100 fly for fun is a bit humorous.

He was entered in all four of the 100m events. Scratched the 100 breast. Swam the 100 back prelims with a time that would have tied Ryan Murphy for 6th place. Swam the 100 free semis with a time that would have finished 7th in finals. And the 100 fly for fun. Seems that he was attempting to give Troy justification for placing him on the medley relay.

Has there ever been an occassion, barring injury, that a swimmer with the third, sixth or seventh fastest times at trials was allowed to swim the relay in prelims?

In fairness, Lochte’s only chance of swimming the medley relay is someone is injured or gives up their spot. Perhaps McGill will want to concentrate on the 100m fly finals that will take place later in the evening. Maybe Phelps will give up his spot the way he did for Crocker. I find the latter to be highly unlikely.

newswim
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t believe he swam the 100 fly for the relay spot. I believe he wanted to race it…had little to lose on his last day and really thought, in the back of his mind, that he might pull off an upset. That’s one definition of “fun” in my book.
Re that 100 fly race…the starter did not give the swimmers enough time to get set. I believe that is why some of the reaction times were slow. Good practice for London though, since you never know who FINA will put up as a starter.

Swim3057
3 years 10 months ago

There are two starters for the Olympic Games this year. One is a Brit, as the host nation always get’s to supply a starter (if they so choose) and the other starter has been selected from USA Swimming – Paul Memont, who was one of the starters in Omaha (but I don’t know if he started the 100 fly – I wasn’t paying attention). Hopefully the starts will not be the cause for any discussion regarding race results.

Joyce
3 years 10 months ago

Can anyone tell me some rules about the relays? I’m kinda confused here.

Eddie
3 years 10 months ago

There are no “rules”. Anybody on the team can be used for any relays. All 100% coach’s decisions…PERIOD.

Craig H
3 years 10 months ago

Then why do they bother taking six people from the 100 and 200? Could the coach theoretically decide not to let them swim at all?

cynthia curran
3 years 10 months ago

Well, what about hispanics and asians in states like California they outnumber Afro-Ameircans by huge margins, particulary hispanics. The last great hispanic swimmer was Pablo Morales. Lia Neal is also half-asian. Cecline Li made the finals and Jasmine Toskey might also be half-asian.

Josh
3 years 10 months ago

Natalie Coughlin is also part Asian. Her mother is Filipino.

euroswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Both Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian have some (East) Asian heritage as well I believe…

DDU
3 years 10 months ago

Michael Phelps has dropped the 200m freestyle from his London 2012 programme, leaving him with seven events to go for. Ricky Berens steps up to swim alongside Ryan Lochte.

Coach Bob Bowman’s tweet:

@MichaelPhelps will be removing the individual 200 freestyle from his Olympic program. This will give him a full slate of 7 events.

BillyJ
3 years 10 months ago

Who does McGill train with? Auburn?

50 free at the Olympics will be Cielo, Manadou, Fratus, Magnussen, Bovell, Ervin, one of the Russians, and Schoeman (in no order). 21.38 gold, 21.43 Silver, 21.51 Bronze.

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Cielo will probably go 21.2…

cupofjoe
3 years 10 months ago

I think Lochte’s plan was to get second in the 100 fly and then scratch for London. That way he could be on the medley relay prelims. As it is I don’t see any way he get’s the nod over McGill.

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