Lochte Wins 400 IM Final to Stamp First Ticket to London; American Record for Dana Vollmer

  96 Braden Keith | June 25th, 2012 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps, U.S. Olympic Trials

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It’s time for night one of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, and with 6 spots for the Olympic Games on the blocks (and at least one World Record with a huge bullseye on its back), the first night of competition is due to set the tone for the rest of the meet. That tone was set early by Gregg Troy’s Gators. There’s a reason that he’s the US Men Olympic Team Head Coach, as 4 of the 6 Olympic spots handed out on Monday went to his Florida Gators. That’s an impressive first day.

The arena has fans up to the rafters, and it’s time to get the action going. With fireworks locked and loaded, it’s time for day 1 from Omaha.

Men’s 400 IM

And this was it. The matchup between Michael Phelps, the greatest ever; Ryan Lochte, the greatest of right now; and Tyler Clary, the underdog hungry to win it all. The redux of this monumental event would be incomplete with acknowledging that for all of the fans wondering who will win and who will win 2nd, the motto of the 2012 Olympic Trials is whoever is 1st is 1st and whoever is 2nd is also 1st.

With that being said, I think that Ryan Lochte firmly established himself as number one in this race. He blew away the field in the breaststroke (he’s now clearly a better breaststroker than Phelps, whereas two years ago it was fairly even), and then had opened the gap to almost two seconds before almost a Usain-Bolt-esque final 10-meters. Lochte was even faster than a great butterflier Chase Kalisz in this swim.

Lochte touched first in 4:07.06, clearly the best time in the world this year, and Phelps was 2nd in 4:07.89. Lochte’s time is faster than he was at last year’s World Championships where he won the gold medal (and Phelps was better than anybody not named Lochte was in 2011). Phelps still holds the textile-best in 4:06.22, but Lochte’s time was the second fastest 400 IM ever done not in rubber.

To answer the question, I think this result elaborates on what Bob Bowman said in an interview earlier today: the goal here is to make the team. 8-tenths is not enough to scare Phelps, the greatest swimmer ever, from anybody. But Lochte continues his streak of dominance in the race, and he’s got no reason to be scared anymore either. Two fearless.

Though he finished 3rd, and off of the Olympic Team, in 4:09.92, Tyler Clary really put the first charge into this 400 IM final, when he broke open a big lead in the first three strokes of the backstroke. At the turn of that backstroke leg, By the time they got to the turn, though, Phelps and Lochte had caught on and fought their way back.

With the flare of pyrotechnics in the form of flames 15-feet high in literally feet from their face, the rest of the field seemed demoralized. In 4th was Andrew Gemmell in 4:16.07. Michael Weiss from Wisconsin continued his incredible run from nowhere in the last 6-months by taking 5th in 4:16.31. That’s 5-seconds faster than he had ever been coming into this meet.

Women’s 100 Fly Semifinal

Dana Vollmer said that she was going to break the World Record in this meet. She might not have meant the semi-finals, but she surely took her blistering prelims swim up to another level with a 56.42 in the 2nd heat of the women’s 100 fly semi-final. That’s both the fastest time ever swum in textile and a new American Record, in both cases cracking her 56.47 from last year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

Vollmer seems to still be on track to break the World Record if she can hold things together for finals. She is taking her races out WAY faster this year than last year, a look at the comparative splits below demonstrates that.

Vollmer ’11: 26.63-29.84
Vollmer ’12: 26.42 – 30.00

She needs to be able to hold it together and finish under 30 seconds though.

Now the question is for her competitors what will Vollmer do in finals. Last year in Shanghai, she was four-tenths slower than that record in final. That still means we’d need two swimmers who can go 56.8’s in finals to keep her off of the team.

Vollmer pulled her heat with her, as that second final pulled in the three-fastest morning times, with Elaine Breeden continuing to impress in 58.81 for the 2nd seed, and Kathleen Hersey just behind in 58.19. After saying she didn’t like her swim in prelims this morning very much, that’s a big half-second drop for her and just misses her lifetime best in the race.

Moral of the story, nobody’s going to get to Vollmer in finals. The pressure is off her. Claire Donahue, who was a 57 in prelims, wasn’t as good in this race with a 58.53 to tie with Tennessee’s Kelsey Floyd for 6th in 58.53 (a great time for Floyd, not as much for Donahue). Christine Magnuson just snuck into the top 8, again, with a 58.72.

Men’s 400 Free Final

This men’s 400 free was the most exciting 400 free race we’ve seen on American soil in a long, long, time, if not ever. But for all of the jockeying of positions in the top four swimmers of this race: only two men ever held the lead: Charlie Houchin for the majority of the first 375 meters, and Peter Vanderkaay for the last half-a-lap. Houchin simply burned out at the end of the race: his closing 50 of 29.38 was the second-slowest in the entire field, and the first 350 doesn’t mean anything without that final 50.

Vanderkaay didn’t really close so hot himself, but did enough work for 3 minutes to stay in the hunt that he was in position to grab the win in 3:47.67. If he’s tapered, that will be a very disappointing time from his 3:44.8 last year. He was out about as fast, but he didn’t have as big of a kick around the 300 meter mark. Dwyer was 2nd in 3:47.83, which is three-seconds better than he had ever been coming into this race. If he and Vanderkaay are truly on the same training schedule, and there’s definitely no guarantees of that, he could be the better in London.

Houchin in a matter of about 15 strokes faded all the way back to 4th in 3:48.32. The man who really looked like he might catch them all was Michael Klueh from the outside lane 1. He closed well better than anyone else, but I think he just misjudged this race a little bit. He needed to turn on the jets one turn sooner, and that misjudgement cost him a trip to London. He was 3rd in 3:48.17 – missing Dwyer by three-tenths for a trip to London. This was likely his best opportunity.

Women’s 400 IM Final

After prelims, we quipped that after Elizabeth Beisel’s 400 IM, she didn’t look tired and appeared more as if she had come down out of the warmdown pool. We’ve got good news to report for fans of the speed: the Florida Gators looked dead crawling out of the pool after this 400 IM final. But it was well worth it, as she put up a 4:31.74 – faster than she was at last year’s World Championships, snapping her own textile-best by .04, and the 10th-best time in history (and, by default, the best in the world in 2012). Beisel has clearly made strides in the breaststroke; that may be in response to Leverenz specifically or the way that IM’s are trending globally (Hannah Miley, who was the World leader before today, is also a phenomenal breaststroker), but it’s working.

She led Caitlin Leverenz after the breaststroke leg, and with that lead, there was no way Leverenz was going to catch her. But what Leverenz did too is re-establish herself as a medal-contender in London. She appeared to be headed that way before finishing last in the finals at Worlds last season, but her 4:34.48 was a personal best and jumped her ahead of Caitlin Sandeno for 3rd on the all-time list of Americans.

Texas A&M’s Cammile Adams was, not unexpectedly, out very well in this 400 IM. But she just still doesn’t have the breaststroke to keep up with the likes of Leverenz and Beisel among the best in the world. She’s about the same age as those two, but hasn’t spent as much time working on this 400 IM, so she might still develop that breaststroke in her career. For now, her 4:38.62 (plus a gutsy finish to out-touch Maya Dirado by .05) should give her a big hope that her taper is going well, and that she should have a good result in the 200 fly.

Clearwater Aquatics 14-year old, the youngest finalist we saw on this first day of competition, had a huge swim for 5th in 4:41.61. That ranks only behind a single, NAG Record from Katie Hoff in 2004 as the 2nd-fastest time ever swum by a 14 & under. If she can avoid a burnout, she’s got a bright future in a huge number of races.

Trojan Swim Club’s Haley Anderson only put up a 4:46.12 in the final after being three-seconds better in prelims. I think that shows that, despite probably swimming well here anyway, she’s still got her full intent on the open water race at the Olympics.

Men’s 100 Breast Semi’s

In the last set of races, the men’s 100 breaststroke semi-finals, the Florida Gators finally relented after dominating early action and “chose” not to even put anybody through to finals. For the sake of not totally demorazling the rest of the country. Afterall, Gregg Troy has an Olympic Team to worry about.

Brendan Hansen took advantage of that gap to blast a 59.71, which makes him the first American to break the minute barrier in textile in this race since he did so 6-years ago in 2006. Hansen now moves to 4th in the world this year. His is by-far the most successful of the global comebacks that we’ve seen this year. And the Americans need it too.

That was a great swim – but he said in his post-race interview that his legs fell out of sync at the end of his race. The result, though was him being forced to pick up his tempo, and his hands became a little bit quicker. But that’s just enough to plant a seed of hope in the minds of his competitors’ minds.

Among those competitors is Scott Weltz, one of the best stories of these Olympic Trials that nobody is buzzing about yet. He was a very mediocre swimmer when he graduated from college at UC-Davis a few years ago (in relative terms), but he’s come on like a bullet-train. Even in December, he swam a best time and it was only 1:01.65. Now he’s going 1:00.20 and is the second-seed headed into the finals with a chance at the Olympic Trials.

Mark Gangloff also looked spectacular in 1:00.22 for the 3rd seed – the wily veteran is getting it done at the right time for this meet. That’s right on the number he was at the World Championships last year. This is going to be a spectacular final as I think Hansen will come back to the field, and there’s a ton of depth suddenly forming in the race. Eric Shanteau was 4th in 1:00.27, and Marcus Titus was 5th in 1:00.49.

The young-gun Kevin Cordes also made the final in 6th in 1:00.53. That’s a new National Age Group Record for 17-18’s, marking the third time he’s broken that mark (previously held by Brendan Hansen) in this same pool – once at the SwimVitational, and twice on Monday at Trials.

The only tough-luck out from the finals is John Criste, who was the fastest swimmer in prelims, added more than a second to finish 12th in 1:01.27.

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  1. gosharks says:
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    Where are the Lochte haters?

    • CMA says:
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      How can someone hate him??? how? he is a hard working dude. talented, handsome and charismatic.

    • Liliana says:
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      We’re here, don’t worry. :)
      Have you seen his T-shirt with his own face printed on it? This man’s ego has no boundaries…

      • gatorswimMa says:
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        He is one of the nicest, most humble people you will ever meet.Great teammate and competitor….

      • rjcid says:
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        Lemme see…. if I….

        got 2nd to Phelps every years since birth…

        then I get no love after 08 Olympics, playing 2nd fiddle to “Mr Swimming”…

        I finally beat Phelps TWICE on the world stage, breaking his OWN record in the process….

        I CAN WEAR A SHIRT WITH MY FACE ON IT UNTIL I DIE…

        yeah don’t see a problem here…

        • CMA says:
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          LOL.

          agree, Hate someone just for wearing his own shirt is just stupid. If was handsome as he is I would were a shirt with my face everyday.

          • LOL says:
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            This.

          • Kait says:
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            Honestly, I agree I don’t know how people can hate on anyone that trains and dedicates as hard as any of these athletes do! I’m a swim coach in CT and all my swimmers aspire to be like these athletes – and they’re fantastic role models!

            I was privileged to meet Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Kristy Kowal this past October and I’ve never met more patient, humbling and kind people. They are unbelievable athletes and some of the best role models I can think of.

            At least 3 of my swimmer’s rock Lochte’s swim caps at practice (that has his face with grill intact on it).

            He’s gonna be him love him or hate him – I for one love him and Phelps. I think there’s too much hype around pinning them against one another. At this point their both on the same team rocking out to one of the greatest sports in the world that the USA kicks butt in!

            Keep on, keeping on – let them do what they do best (while wearing shirts with their faces on it or not).

        • Liliana says:
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          Wearing shirts and caps with your own face is just plain distasteful – I don’t care what you’ve done in your life. Can you imagine Roger Federer wearing a T-shirt with his face all over it? Neither can I. Kudos for Lochte for working hard and winning golds. Too bad he’s not working as hard on his personality.

          • aswimfan says:
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            Comparison with Federer is not appropriate.
            Federer (or ANY other top tennis players) does not need to promote himself to get millions of dollars of commercial/marketing/advertising contracts.
            Swimmers have to devise creative ways to earn more dollars and attract mainstream interest. Either that, or you win 8 golds at the Olympics.

            What Lochte has done with his commercial undertakings may not fit into many people’s taste, but I really don’t get why all these hate heaped on Lochte.

    • aswimfan says:
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      As I predicted few times here (and I received the flak from saying it), it needn’t a 4:05 to win the 400 IM.

      I am just surprised that many people were that over-hyped and forgot that 4:05 would have been a super incredible swim, and forgetting the fact that Phelps’ textile absolute best was a 4:06 from 2007 worlds (where I think he was at his most absolute peak, physical-wise).

      I am a bit surprised by Beisel’s 4:31 as I thought she could have done a 4:30. Leverenz’ 4:34 is not a good sign, I don’t think she’s in the picture for a medal in London as Miley and Rice did 4:34/4:35 without taper and only with little rest.

      Vollmer’s 56.4 is a little bit faster than I had previously thought she would have gone coming into this trials.

      3:47 in men 400 free is VERY slow, what is this, 1992? I hope PVK and Dwyer has more to show in London.

      The most surprising swim of the night for me is absolutely Brendan Hansen’s. How about that!!

      • Justin Thompson says:
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        That 400fr was downright pitiful. We are going to get smoked by the rest of the world in this event. Not 1 top 10 time from a tapered crew? I’m thinking Lochte should have swam it just to make it respectful for the US.

        • blee says:
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          The 400 Free times were disappointing, but I think both Dwyer and PVK will be faster in London. It seems like PVK might have mis-timed his taper. Rowdy Gaines said that he’s “a big boy” and needs a lot of rest, so maybe he just hasn’t rested enough. If that is the case, PVK must be very relieved that he’s made the team already and has a chance to swim faster in London.

          And I think Connor Dwyer has room for more improvement in the 400 Free. Traditionally, he swims the IMs and the freestyles and probably trains for both disciplines. My guess is that he had to pick between the 400 IM and the 400 Free. The 400 IM is probably his “better” event, but it was just too stacked with Lochte, Phelps and Clary. So he chose the 400 Free, which was a completely wide-open and not particularly fast field. Strategically, it was definitely the right decision. So hopefully with a little more focus on this event, he can get down to a 3:45 in London and make the finals.

          In any case, I think the excitement in London will come from Tae Hwan Park and Sun Yang. If PVK or Dwyer can somehow beat out Mellouli, Biedermann, Cochrane, etc. for a bronze… that’d be a huge result.

        • liquidassets says:
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          In retrospect, Clary should have swam it, he had a shot.

          • Liliana says:
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            You may be right, but he knew he wasn’t going to medal in London in 400 free. On the other hand, if he had taken one of 2 spots in 400 IM, an Olympic medal would have been a strong possibility.

          • aswimfan says:
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            Liliana, I agree with your analyses.
            Also, it seems Clary was really surprised that Phelps actually decided to swim the 400 IM. He clearly banked on Phelps not swimming it.
            But if Clary’s goal is to win gold in London (as he alluded in the swimswam interview) or even to medal, he should have gone a few seconds faster than 4:09 in the trials, because Cseh and Hagino are clearly more than capable of swimming sub 4:09

      • Keith says:
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        Miley doesn’t train in the traditional way and tends to do quick times year round. She said after trials that she hopes that she can peak in the summer as several times in the past she’s done her best times early in the year at British Nats. Rice can be quick in season as well. Last year at Santa Clara she swam a 4:36 a couple months out from Worlds.

      • John Sampson says:
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        I think beisels time is perfect…she will be faster in london. She’s gaining lots of momentum. Leverenz got a best time! She too can go a 4:32, I just don’t see that being enough. Her best shot is the 200 IM.

        I would hope the 400 free winners weren’t tapered…otherwise it looks like the weakness will be the distance swims rather the sprints come London.

        As much as I like phelps and lochte (I don’t get the bickering,they both have earned their own rights at different times as greatest swimmers of all time–and how can we complain when they both sport the red/white/blue? USA!) ..i vote a tie in London!

        • aswimfan says:
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          I am not as certain Leverenz can go 4:32, but I agree with what you said that even a 4:32 wouldn’t even win a minor medal.

          • Keith says:
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            Maybe, but it’s a solid swim that bodes well for her 200IM. She’s on the team now, less pressure.

          • aswimfan says:
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            Actually, I agree that she has much much better medal hopes in the 200 IM. Her weak back/free would be less exposed.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Nobody hates him, just some of us would rather see him get a silver in London when he races the great one:)

    • junker23 says:
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      I think I hate the word “haters” more than any other word. At least the use of it.

      • Kevin says:
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        Guys, I myself respect and appreciate what Phelps has done for the sport sooo much more than Lochte. Lochte is fake, he puts up this image like he’s so charismatic and witty, but you can tell he’s soft spoken and an air head.

        Lochte, dude give up the false Dennis Rodman image it doesn’t work, and the grill you tried to throw up was not only lame but but disrespectful to the U.S. As well. Try to learn from Phelps who is “the one” in swimming and brings a pure, passionate image to the sport of swimming like Michael Jordan did for basketball. Guess I’m on the Lochte hater crew, sorry but the guy deserves it.

        • Nigel Tufnel says:
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          Michael Jordan? Kevin, did you say “pure” in describing MJ – try ego maniacal and selfish. Jordan is going to go down as one of the all time biggest jerks in sports history: ask his wife, his kids, or the African-American community he’s ignored for the last 25 years. MJ is passionate about golf, himself, & gambling. Criticize Lochte for being goofy but don’t stain Phelps by comparing him to Jordan.

          • Kevin says:
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            Ok ok you’re right, god you make Jordan sound like Obama,’ neglecting the black community’, ‘only caring about golf’- that’s the last person I want him to compare him too, guess I need to take a basketball history course. How about this, no longer is he the MJ of swimming, but the Babe Ruth

            On their ability to always perform at the highest level and dominance both MJ and Phelps bring day in and day out, I will stick with that comparison Nigel!

          • aswimfan says:
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            Not sure if you want to compare Phelps to Babe Ruth.
            Wasn’t Ruth a big Drunk??

        • BMan says:
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          Lol, nothing like Olympic Years to bring out the know-nothings of swimming. Get out of here. Lochte works his ass off, is all around a nice guy, and he does things like the grill for fun, because he loves rap, and all that.

          Disrespectful to the US? Get over yourself. In what way?

          I guess I could say Phelps’ bong-smoking was disrespectful to the US, if you’re going to go that route (even though I’m not even going to bother trying to compare the two because either way it’s stupid).

          But hey, I can’t expect much from someone who can only make basketball comparisons. You obviously know zero about our sport, except what you see in the media.

          Do us all a favor and spout trash elsewhere.

          • Kevin says:
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            Sorry BMAN no can do, I have too many words of wisdom to share and in too little time, see you in the next article.

      • Liliana says:
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        I couldn’t agree more on “hater” word. Seems like no one is entitled to criticize Lochte, because if you do that, you have to be a hater, right?
        I’ve been following swimming since before Phelps or Lochte were born. I have never hated any swimmer (or any athlete, for that matter) nor do I intend to, but. if there is something that’s bothering me about someone’s behaviour, I’m going to say it.

        • Nigel Tufnel says:
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          Thanks for the much needed breath of positive fresh air Liliana. Comparisons are difficult because we immediately go towards the negative. What Michael did in ’08 is nothing short of remarkable – it is a unique chapter in the swimming-specific book of history. Comparisons to Ruth, Jordan and other dominate sports icons are problematic because they don’t hold up as well when considering our sport. We’re all swimmers here and I’d like to think we all “get it” – pain, solitude, mornings, dry skin, etc. Big Picture: let’s give Phelps & Lochte a special place in our own history books. Ryan has carved out his own niche in that book (apart from Phelps in my mind) and should he do what I know many of us think he’s capable of doing . . . well, let’s just wait and see!

        • gosharks says:
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          What place does your criticism of Lochte’s t-shirt have within this article?

          Whether I used the word “haters” or not, it wouldn’t have changed the fact that not one negative comment about Phelps appeared here while several about Lochte did. They both had great swims and will go 1-2 for the USA in London.

          • Liliana says:
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            “What place does your criticism of Lochte’s t-shirt have within this article?”

            You should ask yourself what place YOUR comment about “haters” has within this article. Mine was said half jokingly, there’s no such thing as hating here. When he appears on national TV during prime time in a shirt with his own face on it, that’s a part of his overall image and it can and will be under scrutiny. People are talking about Phelps’ headphones, Lochte’s shirt etc. It’s all about get some publicity, a good or bad one. In my opinion, an Olympic champion doesn’t need to walk around with “listen to Ryan Lochte” shirt, even Lady Gaga doesn’t do it. That’s all.

          • gosharks says:
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            hahah my comment was a question, which you promptly answered: “We’re here, don’t worry.”

    • Joyce says:
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      Are you serious?! Then count me in! :)

  2. Jean Michel says:
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    I love Ryan Lochte ! iknew he would win tonight ! let’s stay mostly passionate here . Hater/lovers ….forget that vibe GOSHARKS . TIME is for enjoying …enjoy !

  3. CMA says:
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    Go Him, really happy for Ryan, what he said is true, 4 year of hard work.

    and NBC has no respect for him, I know they are obsessed with Phelps, but came on. That Lady made everything about Michael. She might as well have ask Ryan: Why did you won, you shouldn’t have.

    “First person to made the team for the forth time”. “your coach said you could be better” bla bla bla.

    the question that she wanted to ask probably was: you are going to beat this loser, right?

  4. lv2srf95 says:
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    Just wait till London. I don’t think the king has spoken yet…

  5. Jean Michel says:
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    Enjoy the races of the greatest swimmers of these Ten last years …..

    • Mialuna says:
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      I am a huge Phelps fan and I also like Ryan. I don’t know if it’s a good idea for Phelps to swim the 400im in London. I think he should concentrate in the shorter distances and let Clary get the spot. I feel that Phelps waited too long to start training for this 400IM. Ryan is no slouch. If he wants to end his carrier with all golds at least in the individual events, I would reconsider. Great swim though for both. Don’t like to see Phelps lose.

      • CMA says:
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        I think Phelps is going to swim this event only if he thinks he has a big chance to win, Phelps is very smart guy, he always goes for gold, never to be second best. that’s the reason he doesn’t swim the 100 free. he is at least the second best in that event in the US

        • Ole 99 says:
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          Ladies and gents. It’s pretty clear what’s going on here in Phelp’s head. He is swimming the 400IM because he wants to become the first male to win a swimming event in three consecutive olympic games. He doesn’t want Kitajima to get that honor. Hats off to him if he pulls it off since he will have to get past Lochte first. Lochte coasted that last 25m.

      • rjcid says:
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        Clary has a great shot, if not a better one, in the 200 fly. But if he happens to not make it, I doubt Phelps would really let the 400 IM go like he did the backstroke in 08.

      • Justin Thompson says:
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        Worse case Phelps gets a silver in this even in London and is that really all that bad? Chances our in our lifetime we won’t see anyone win as many golds or as many total olypmic medals as Phelps. A 4:07.9 is a great time for him and tells you that his conditioning is there. We should expect a great 200fr/200im between these two and lets not forget having 4-5 events where we finish 1-2 is pretty sweet.

  6. gatorswimMa says:
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    Of the first 4 to make the team 3 are GATORS!All coached by Gregg Troy…..Lochte,VanderKaay,and Dwyer…You can bet on Beisel too….Way to go Gators!we are proud of all of you!

  7. Peter says:
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    What are the odd Phelps gives up the spot to Clary if he feels pressure in his other events? 400IM first day in London could sap him for the entire meet.

    • don says:
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      zero to none. didn’t you hear him last night on the post race interview? He said ‘DEFINITELY swimming it in London, very emphatically, and that he would be faster.

  8. gatorswimMa says:
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    4 of the first 6 to make the team, train together with Coach Gregg Troy!
    So for all the criticism he gets for his training regimen,it obviously works.
    Go GATORS!

  9. Peter says:
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    And they are not going to show the Breastroke semifinals AT ALL? Are they deliberately trying to turn people off?

    • emilyr says:
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      sorry to depress you more but looks like a bunch of semis won’t be on the live broadcast i.e.

      Tuesday, June 26
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      M 100 Back
      W 100 Back

      Wednesday, June 27
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      W 200 Free
      W 200 IM

      Thursday, June 28
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      M 100 Free

      Friday, June 29
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      W 200 Breast
      M 200 IM

      Saturday, June 30
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      M 50 Free
      M 100 Fly

      Sunday, July 1
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      W 50 Free

  10. john26 says:
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    Its very clear from the start that Lochte still has better underwaters than Phelps. Not sure how much that actually means. Sans suits, Phelps is probably only a few tenths weaker than he was here 4 years ago. Did anyone also catch the fact that he said he was going to swim it in London? Tough luck for Clary.

    Judging from Vollmer swim today, it doesn’t look like the WR is going to happen this week. Admittedly I was watching her hand and the WR line this entire race, and not her level of strain, but 4 tenths is a lot in the 100.

    I had previously chosen Vanderkaay as the bronze medalist at the Olympics in London, after this swim, I feel that is unlikely. If you asked 97% of swim fans/experts/coaches 2 weeks ago whether they thought 147.6 would make the team, I’m sure they’d tell you no. I doubt Vanderkaay, even if he didn’t taper, had plan to cut it so close to the A qualifying time.

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      It’s hard to tell if Vollmer is putting 100% into her heat swims She’s way ahead of everyone and might be leaving a little for the final. Many like to point back to worlds last year as if that’s some sort of pattern with her in terms of heats vs. finals. It was one meet. She has more of a luxury here to build through her swims. She’s .36 back of the WR. That doesn’t seem insurmountable.

      • aswimfan says:
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        Keith,

        Judging by how she went in the race, it is quite clear Vollmer was after the WR from the get go.

  11. Precious says:
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    Hansen touches in 59.71

  12. gosharks says:
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    The men’s 400 free was the best race of the night by far, but those times are not going to cut it in London. I hope they can drop/hope Troy has a master plan.

    • Adam says:
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      PVK swam significantly faster last year at worlds, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he’s not 100% rested/maybe misjudged his rest a bit. But I’ll agree the times in the men’s 400 were underwhelming.

      • aswimfan says:
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        yes, PVK swam 1:44.8 in the Worlds, but you forgot one important difference:
        PVK didn’t have to taper and rest for any trials/meet before worlds.

  13. Jean Michel says:
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    Great Hansen ! the man is back to top times ! happy to hear that

  14. John Sampson says:
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    Thank you swim swam for your amazing coverage! If i had to choose I would put you guys in charge of all the media coverage. It is very fun and professional to come to your site. Bravo!!

    With that vein said, the way beisel was so surprised she went that fast tells me that she has more in her…I smell world record. Great time for leverenz too, although her breaststroke didn’t look as sharp as usual.

    Brendan Hansen is on fire! And just in time!! Can’t wait for Allison Schmitt and Missy franklin to hop in the pool and light it up.

    • aswimfan says:
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      John Sampson,

      Leverenz’ breaststroke was not as sharp because she went out too fast in the fly and back, and that hurt her.

  15. Jean Michel says:
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    congratulatons to Scott Weltz ! there is another great breaststroker for Us team in London.

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    Does anyone still think Lochte could break the 400IM WR? atm I think he’d be extremely fortunate to get down to Phelps’ 405 from Trials 4 years ago.

    After thinking about it, (I know Phelps said in the postrace interview he wants to swim this in London), from a fans perspective, he didnt put up a time where I feel that I’d want himt o swim it, and forsake his other events.

    Yes, if he swims a 405 and wins, so what? I’d rather him be 3 tenths faster in the remainder of his events. As Spitz puts it “less is more”
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/olympics/sns-rt-us-oly-swim-spitzbre85n0ec-20120624,0,2178743.story

  17. BMan says:
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    Rooting for Scott Weltz, I had him on my picks for 100m breastroke. Reppin’ UCD!

  18. aswimfan says:
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    A special shout out to Justin Thompson who said that Phelps will defeat Lochte in this evening to make me shut up.

    No, I will not shut up, Justin!
    :)

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      I stand corrected ASWIMFAN:) ….monster swim by Lochte. I think he’ll go 4:05 in London and Phelps maybe able to muster out a 4:06, but Lochte looked fresh and he backed off at the end.

  19. Andy Dixon says:
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    Lochte definitely has a chance at the WR, seeing how he shut it down at the end of the race today. I think he and Phelps can swim under 4:05 in London.

    And I’m personally not going to think any less of Phelps if he adds some silvers to his bag of medals after these Olympics. The 200 free and IM are going to be a coin toss for both Lochte and Phelps. So if Michael ends up with 4 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze, is that really something to be sad about? Is it going to damper his career? I don’t think so.

    • aswimfan says:
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      Andy Dixon,

      The men 400 IM WR is 4:03.84, which means Lochte needs to chop off around 3.5 seconds from his textile best, recorded this evening, if he wants to break the WR.
      Not gonna happen.

      • Andy Dixon says:
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        Phelps and Lochte swam a 4:05 in 2008 at the Olympic Trials, then Michael went on to swim even faster in Beijing. I’d say both guys can definitely improve 2 seconds between here and London, but the big question is whether or not both guys gave it 100% tonight or not. I say no. I think Michael had to swim just enough to beat Tyler, and Ryan clearly shut it down big time at the end – he could have easily been 4:06 tonight. I don’t think breaking the WR is a sure thing, not by a long shot, but does Ryan have at least a chance at it this summer? I think it would be foolish to say not.

        • aswimfan says:
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          Andy Dixon,

          You are incorrect. Lochte did not go 4:05 in 2008.
          Only Phelps went 4:05 in 2008 trials (4:05.25), while Lochte went 4:06.08

          Phelps then went 4:03.84 in Beijing (only 2.5 seconds faster), while Lochte regressing to 4:08.09.

          Also remember, they wore LZR.

          Yes, I agree that they can improve 2 seconds from Omaha to London, but that would only make them swim 4:05.06 and 4:05.89, and those times are still a long way from the WR.

          Call me foolish if you want, but I am sticking to my prediction that Lochte/Phelps will NOT break the 400 IM WR in London.

          • Andy Dixon says:
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            It’s not foolish to predict they won’t, but it would be foolish to say they can’t. My assessment is that Lochte could have swam at least 4:05 high tonight if he had given 100%, and in London if he has Michael chellenging him he can go sub 4:04. I don’t think either of these guys feel that records are out of reach because they’re wearing jammers either.

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            Phelps and Bob I’m dissapointed you didn’t take my previous blog posts seriously. Your backstoke turns were awful and you may have lost a second on Lochte, especially on the back to breast turn. You should have listened, like I said earlier “you will not want to play catch up on Lochte on the brast tonight”.

            Besides that I nailed my predictions for the 1,2,3 spots tonight. I’m really hoping Phelps is not as tapered as Lochte is for this meet, that is a definite possibility to consider folks..

          • aswimfan says:
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            Andy Dixon,

            Again, you can quote my post endlessly if I’m proven wrong, but:

            Lochte and Phelps will NOT break the 400 IM WR in London.

  20. drdov says:
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    Phelps swam for 2nd, pure and simple
    He wasn’t gonna kill himself to beat ryan
    Not worth it at this stage of the game
    In London Phelps will give 110%

  21. TX Swimmer says:
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    Terrific first day! After watching the performances today, I think folks are going to be disappointed with the swim times we will see this the. I don’t think we will be seeing any of the crazy times people have been predicting this year. I think we will likely see world records in only the Mens 200IM and Womens 200 back.

    • aswimfan says:
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      TX swimmer,

      I’m glad I’m not among those who predicted wildly crazy times so I won’t be disappointed :)

  22. Nigel Tufnel says:
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    Dear NBC,
    Andrea Kremer is difficult to watch: a bit mean, callus and just not a swim fan.
    I’ll grant you that she is better than that creepy Jim Gray. (Pruell please!)
    Please can we just get Alex Flanagan, PLEASE?!?! Fly her in from Federal Way. http://www.listal.com/alex-flanagan/pictures
    Sincerely, Red-blooded, informed swimming fans

    Heck, I’d even take Craig Hummer at this point – he could use a promotion.

    • Joyce says:
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      Come on! You can at least watch trials on NBC, but those out of USA can’t. :(

      • Nigel Tufnel says:
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        You’re right Joyce, there has been great coverage here, even the heats on delay. It just irritates me that NBC uses generic sports talking heads instead of informed, passionate and experienced swimming personalities to conduct post-race interviews.

  23. BMan says:
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    Dear Lochte:

    I am deeply jealous that you can win the 400 IM at Trials and swim the last 15m like you did.

    That is all.

  24. Jean Michel says:
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    It’s quite SAD to see that they are even HATERS against a swimmer here in these comments . I will say one thing about : In stead of talking about who u hate , talk about who u love . My second reflection is : Are some of u guys passionate of swimming or are u stupid enough to focus on the ” Hate button in your mind ” ???? just a reflection to remind u That Phelps and Lochte are good buddies out of the pool and we need more love to encourage them .
    This said , Lochte is the man to beat in the 400 IM . Period

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