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Swimming Trials Notes from Weds. and Thurs.

In the 200m butterfly, Michael Phelps and Gil Stovall win. Phelps was just short of world record. Andrea Kremer asks Phelps what went wrong. Seriously? Isn’t it better for Phelps to get the world record along with a gold medal in Beijing? I’m just sayin’…

I love the world record line! Much like the first down line in football, it adds so much to the enjoyment of watching the races.

Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin will represent our country in the 200 IM after a very tight race. Ariana Kukors gave them a run for their money but missed the Olympics by a single a finger.

Brendan Hansen and Kitajima is the great rivalry that will not happen in the 200 breaststroke, as Hansen lost to Scott Spann and Eric Shanteau. Hansen will still compete in the 100 breast. Hansen tells Andrea Kremer that he wasn’t that disappointed because he still did his best.

Dara Torres rocks my socks. She is in the finals for the 100m freestyle with a win in today’s semis, and I know I’ve covered this before, but have I mentioned that she’s 41? Only two of Torres’s competitors were even born when she won her first medals in Los Angeles. She swam her personal best tonight. And she is 41.

In the women’s 200m butterfly, Elaine Breton and Kathleen Hersey will be the Olympians. Neither have Olympic experience, so it will be interesting to see how they will handle the pressure. They both glow through their interview with Andrea Kremer.

The 100m freestyle – the glamour event, as Rowdy Gaines calls it, is filled with giants. The average height is 6’4″. Matt Grevers is 6’8″. Cullen Jones is also in the event – the first African American world record holder. Garrett Weber-Gale wins it, with Jason Lezak, Jones and Nathan Adrian also qualifying for the Olympics. This race is not only important for the individual swimmers, but for relays as well. Americans have always been strong at the 4X100 free.

Tomorrow night should be interesting, as most of the races are down to the finals. We will see the men’s 200 IM and 200 backstroke, and the women’s 200 breaststroke and 100 free.

Swimming Trials: Another Day, Another Record Broken

– The 200 free semis set up another duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps for tomorrow night’s finals. Phelps was three one hundredths of a second behind Lochte in qualifying times.

– Christine Magnuson and Elaine Breton are headed to Beijing in 100 m butterfly. One of the best parts of watching swimming is seeing the athletes turn around to look at the results on the board. Swimmers are so focused on hitting that wall, and their vision is limited already, so they often have no idea how they fared. The look on Elaine Breton’s face when she found out that she was headed to Beijing was priceless.

– I don’t know who is doing the music selections for the trials, but they are doing a fine job. They need to talk to the folks at USA Judo and USA Wrestling to teach them what is good music for an event like this.

– There will be a swim-off for the final position in the women’s 100 breaststroke. Is a swim-off nearly as exciting as a dance off? Do they have to yell “BREASTSTROKE? BREASTSTROKE! GO!” right before they jump in the pool?

– Unfortunately, backstroker Adam Mania did not qualify for the finals at 100m. I know little about Adam Mania, just that he is a backstroker and his name would have been a lot of fun throughout the games.

– Katie Hoff qualified for the 400m freestyle to add to her world record from last night, and she will be joined by Katie Ziegler.

– Two records fell in preliminary heats. First, Hayley McGregory broke Natalie Coughlin’s 100m backstroke record. Coughlin then jumped in the pool, and took the record back.