Phelps gets back at Lochte on day 3 of US Olympic Trials
Phelps wins round 2 at US swim trials with Lochte OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Michael Phelps got back at Ryan Lochte, stretching out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Phelps got off to a stronger start that usual, leading at the first turn and holding the advantage through all four laps Wednesday night. Both swimmers got a big boost off the final turn, with Lochte charging hard to chase down the winningest Olympian ever. But Phelps stretched out his right arm at the wall, touching just ahead of Lochte. The winning time was 1 minute, 45.70 seconds - five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte.
The two will go head-to-head in one more even this week, the 200-meter individual medley, before heading to London to resume their rivalry at the Olympics.
Phelps had a busy night, hustling to the warmdown pool to get ready for the semifinals of the 200 butterfly. He later scratched the 100-meter freestyle from his trials schedule this week. He had entered the event as a backup in case he didn't make the Olympics in the 200.
Georgia swimmers flex muscle in women's 200-meter free semis OMAHA, Neb. (UGA) -- Three members of the Georgia swimming team advanced to the women's 200-meter freestyle finals during the United States Olympic Trials on Wednesday at CenturyLink Center.
Rising senior Allison Schmitt moved closer to a second Olympics event, finishing first in both the prelims and semifinals. Schmitt has already clinched a spot in London after winning the 100-meter free Tuesday night.
Rising junior Shannon Vreeland was second to Schmitt (1:55.59) in the semis with a time of 1:57.99. Rising senior Megan Romano was fourth in 1:57.99, giving Georgia three of the eight swimmers for Thursday's finals.
Schmitt, a rising senior from Canton, Mich., is the American and U.S. Open record holder in the event.
"All I can say is 'wow,'" Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "You train and you work and you hope for the best, but now that it's here and it's happened, it's really impressive. What our young ladies did here tonight was just tremendous. To have three in the top eight speaks volumes about what kind of competitors they all are. I can't wait to see how things go on Thursday.
Vredeveld gets first trials taste in 200-meter freestyle OMAHA, Neb. (WRCB) -- Kristen Vredeveld got her first taste of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Wednesday in the first of her three events in Omaha.
Baylor School's rising star turned in a disappointing 2:07.64 to finish 111th in the preliminaries of the women's 200-meter freestyle, but her best is yet to come.
Vredeveld is ranked in the top 30 in the country in both the 100-meter and 50-meter freestyle races, which she'll swim later this week. She set a new 15-16 year-old age group record in the 50 free last year, and is the current junior national champion in the event.
Vredeveld's Baylor teammate Christian Carbone continued his trials week by turning in the 96th-fastest time in the men's 200-meter butterfly prelims at 2.04.18. He broke the Baylor Swim Club record earlier this week when he posted the 30th-fastest time in the 400-meter medley. He'll also swim in the 200-meter breaststoke prelims Thursday.