Lochte outduels Phelps to open U.S. Olympic Swim Trials
Lochte beats Phelps in 1st showdown at trials
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Ryan Lochte has won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 27-year-old Floridian captured the 400-meter individual medley Monday night, taking command on the breaststroke leg and holding off Phelps in the freestyle for a time of 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds. Phelps claimed the second Olympic spot in 4:07.89.
Tyler Clary, who took second at last year's world championships, won't even get a chance to swim the event in London. He faded to third in 4:09.92.
Phelps won the 400 IM at the past two Olympics, but vowed to drop the grueling event after Beijing. In the past year, he brought it back - and now he'll be swimming it again in London.
McCallie grad Sean Ryan fails to qualify in 400m freestyle
OMAHA, Neb. (WRCB) -- Sean Ryan failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team Monday, but the best is yet to come for the McCallie grad.
Ryan posted the eleventh-fastest time in the preliminaries for the men's 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials, but only the top eight times advanced to Monday night's final.
Ryan's time of 3:50.69 was less than a second off the eighth-place cut-line of 3:49.89, and less than three seconds away from Connor Jaegar's top preliminary time (3:48.06).
Peter Vanderkaay later won the final in 3:47.67 to earn an Olympic spot alongside runner-up Conor Dwyer (3:47.83).
Ryan still has two more shots at a trip to London. He'll swim in the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries Tuesday afternoon before his best event, the 1,500-meter freestyle, on Sunday.
Baylor's Carbone posts personal best in 400m individual medley
OMAHA, Neb. (WRCB) -- Christian Carbone won't be going to London, but his first trip to the U.S. Olympic Trials still proved to be a memorable one.
The Baylor School student posted a personal-best time of 4:26.11 in the prelims for the 400-meter individual medley, an event dominated by superstars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
His finish ranked him an impressive 30th in a field of 114 swimmers, though only the top eight preliminary times qualified for Monday night's final.
Carbone is also qualified for the 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly events later this week.
Baylor grad and former Baylor Swim Club member Savannah Napier also competed at the trials on Monday, posting the 72nd-fastest time of 4:56.90 in prelims for the women's 400-meter individual medley.
Women's 100m butterfly has plenty of Tennessee flavor
OMAHA, Neb. (WRCB) -- A trio of swimmers with Tennessee ties will vie for two spots on the U.S. Olympic team Tuesday night.
Lenoir City native Claire Donahue, current University of Tennessee swimmer Christine Floyd and former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson all qualified for the finals of the women's 100-meter butterfly in Monday night's semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials.
Donahue, a 23-year-old Western Kentucky grad, and Floyd tied for the the sixth-fastest time in the semifinals in 58.53, while Magnuson, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, took the eighth and final spot in the finals in 58.72.
The top two finishers in Tuesday night's final qualify for the London Games.