USA Nationals: In and Out of Focus

Just two days in and there’s already several great swims and there’s a good energy around the pool as the swimmers settle into the flow of the meet.  There’s still lots of good swimming to come but here’s some of what we’ve seen so far…

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The power of Missy Franklin – She grabbed double gold on day two. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

Becca Mann may be the most diverse swimmer in the country - Already on the the team for open water she's got a broad program of events including the 200 fly where she was 4th.  (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

Becca Mann may be the most diverse swimmer in the country – Already on the the team for open water she’s got a broad program of events including the 200 fly where she was 4th. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Mission Viejo Nadadores Katie McLaughlin works her start during warm up. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Ryan Lochte’s mettle was tested with the double in the 200 free & back but in the end he was all gold. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Kevin Cordes – just plain fast. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

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Gotta hit the diving well after the race – lot’s more races to come. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Crowds in the warm up pool not as heavy as last summer in Omaha  (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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It’s a go. The start of the mens 200 back final. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Coach  Bill Rose of the Mission Viejo Nadadores does it again – another swimmer on the world championship team. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Gotta get in some time. The nerves at the point for some reach their peak. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Olympic Champion Tyler Clary on his way to the blocks for the start of the 200 backstroke (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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It’s not lonely at the top. Missy Franklin has topped the podium 3 times so far in the meet, but she’s not lonely – her infectious attitude makes her popular among the crowd in the stands and on deck. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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UC San Diego Triton Nick Korth, NCAA D2 champion, rips a great 200. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

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Gold is good – two in one night is amazing! (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Lots of support between the the women before they make their way to the podium. Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Pelton will join forces at Cal next year for the NCAA season. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Getting a jump on. Missy Franklin jumps in before the start of the 200 backstroke finals. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Behind the blocks. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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The first finish. Ryan Lochte holds on to win the men’s 200 free. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Missy Franklin before the 200 free prelims. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

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It’s only 4 laps. Sure, but the speed these guys cover it is amazing. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Relax it’s not the big of deal. Ryan Lochte always calm, comes out ready to battle in the 200 free. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Stacked. That’s what the finals were in the men’s 200 free. Olympian Charlie Houchin has been here before. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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What are you doing here? Conner Jaeger dominated the 1500 but he was able to scale his speed to the 200 very well making it into the top 6. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Jeah that’s right – Lochte gets his spot in the finals. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

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Back where he belongs – Ricky Berens before the start of the 200 free finals. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Gotta keep cool. The Indy volunteers are doing a great job. She looks relaxed but this is a big gig for this future champion and she was flawless leading the men out for the finals. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Katie Ledecky all smiles in the mixed zone after winning the 800 free (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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30 laps fast. Connor Jaeger on the medal stand. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Ready for the fun. Chloe Sutton was relaxed and all smiles before the 800 free finals. Grabbing the silver, she’s on her way to Barcelona. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

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Chomp Chomp. University of Florida and Germantown Academy’s Arthur Frayler gives a gator salute. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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It may not be the top, but making to the finals is a huge deal and Ryan Feely is evidence of the depth in USA Swimming’s distance program. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Rad Chad. Recent Stanford graduate and USA distance star Chad LaTourette had a very solid swim – especially considering his balance of training and work. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Fun in the mixed zone. Laughs and insight are exchanged between the media and the swimmers. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Legs gott warm up too. Matt Grevers with a short kick set in the warm up pool. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Swimming so fast in the 800 and smiling so bright – Katie Ledecky will be a force in Barcelona for sure (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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No doubt Haley Anderson was gunning for one of the top two spots – but the Olympic Silver Medalist in Open Water will be going to Barcelona to swim the 5K. She’s a shown that she’s got what it takes in both pool and open water swimming. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Fast? Check. Cool? check. The guy you want on the team? Definitley! Anthony Ervin was blazing in 100, leading most of the way, but in the end he grabbed a bronze and a spot on the relay. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Olympic Gold Medalist Ricky Berens is closed the 200 with a very fast last 50 and was 5th (same spot he scored in the 100). Hopefully the math will work out and he’ll grab his ticket to Barcelona. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Making the team on the 4 x 100 is nice, but Anthony Ervin’s big event, the 50, is still to come. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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California uber alles – Cal Aquatics Nathan Adrian is still the king of the 100. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Tyler Clary will be swimming the 200 fly in Barcelona. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Time out for the officials. Start & timing officials move seat to watch the award ceremonies during finals. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Great pictures! What camera are you using? A GoPro?

Hi Christina, I’m using a Nikon D4 & an Aquatech housing (for the underwater stuff).

Great Pics!!
It takes a lot more than a good camera to get pics like these.
You really capture the moment!

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Mike Lewis is a freelance commercial, sport and lifestyle photographer based in San Diego.  Mike began making photos in the early 80’s and immersed himself in all aspects of the photographic arts.  Mike’s professional career in in photography began after 12 years working within the United States Olympic movement; he …

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