Jul 2, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; The U.S. Olympic swimming team poses for photos during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

U.S. Olympic Swimming Team: Roster Announced For London 2012

Complete coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Swimming. The Omaha-based competition determined Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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2012 Olympic Swim Team Is Announced For London Games

After eight days in Omaha, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Swimming reached its conclusion Monday night, and with it came the official roster announcement from USA Swimming.

The men's side is led, obviously, by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Phelps, a 16-time medalist, will compete in four individual events in London (200m IM, 400m IM, 100m fly and 200m fly), the same number as Lochte (200m back, 200m IM, 400m IM and 200m free). The rivals could face each other in two finals, while also competing together on the relay teams.

On the women's side, 17-year-old Missy Franklin qualified in four individual events, and Allison Schmitt will swim three competitions in London.

In addition to the 49 swimmers named to the team for the 2012 Summer Olympics, USA Swimming also tabbed the coaches for London: The men's staff consists of head coach Gregg Troy and assistant coaches Bob Bowman, David Marsh and Eddie Reese; The women's head coach is Teri McKeever, and the assistant coaches are Dave Salo, Todd Schmitz and Steve Bultman. Tim Murphy is the head open water coach.

The full team will head to Knoxville, Tenn., on July 7, for training camp in advance of traveling to London. The Olympic swimming competition takes place between July 28 and August 4 at the London Aquatic Centre, with the women's and men's open water 10K set for Aug. 9 and 10, respectively, at the Serpentine at Hyde Park.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team:

Alex Meyer - 10K Open Water
Ryan Lochte - 200 Back, 200 IM, 400m IM, 200 Free, 800 Free Relay
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 Free
Brendan Hansen - 100 Breast
Michael Phelps - 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay
Ricky Berens - 200 Free, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Conor Dwyer - 400m Free, 800 Free Relay
Matt Grevers - 100 Backstroke, 400 Free Relay
Scott Weltz - 200 Breast
Clark Burckle - 200 Breast
Nathan Adrian - 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Cullen Jones - 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Eric Shanteau - 100 Breast
Nick Thoman - 100 Back
Tyler Clary - 200 Fly, 200 Back
Tyler McGill - 100 Fly
Anthony Ervin - 50 Free
Jason Lezak - 400 Free Relay
Jimmy Feigen - 400 Free Relay
Matt McLean - 800 Free Relay
Charlie Houchin - 800 Free Relay
Davis Tarwater - 800 Free Relay
Andrew Gemmell - 1500 Free
Connor Jaeger - 1500 Free

Haley Anderson - 10K Open Water
Elizabeth Beisel - 200 Backstroke, 400 IM
Dana Vollmer - 100 Fly, 800 Free Relay
Allison Schmitt - 400 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay
Missy Franklin - 100 Free, 100m Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, 200 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay
Breeja Larson - 100 Breaststroke
Lauren Perdue - 800 Free Relay
Caitlin Leverenz - 400 IM , 200m IM
Cammile Adams - 200 Fly
Kathleen Hersey - 200 Fly
Claire Donahue - 100 Fly
Chloe Sutton - 400 Free
Rachel Bootsma - 100 Back
Rebecca Soni - 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Ariana Kukors - 200 IM
Micah Lawrence - 200 Breast
Jessica Hardy - 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Lia Neal - 400 Free Relay
Katie Ledecky - 800 Free
Kate Ziegler - 800 Free
Amanda Weir - 400 Free Relay
Natalie Coughlin - 400 Free Relay
Shannon Vreeland - 800 Free Relay
Alyssa Anderson - 800 Free Relay
Kara Lynn Joyce - 50 Free

Stay with SB Nation Olympics throughout the competition this summer, and follow the Swimming section for the latest news from London.


2012 Olympic Swimming Trials: Jessica Hardy Wins Women's 50M Freestyle, Dara Torres Fourth

Monday night, youth was served in the fastest event in women's swimming. Jessica Hardy, 25, took first in the women's 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, in a time of 24.50 seconds.

Hardy was followed by Kara Lynn Joyce, who finished second at 24.73 seconds, and also qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the event.

But the story of the event was Dara Torres' attempt to make a sixth Olympic team at the age of 45, and the 12-time Olympic medalist nearly pulled it off. Torres finished fourth, at 24.82 seconds, just .09 seconds off of Joyce's pace, and will not be headed to the 2012 London Olympics. Her bid to swim in the red, white and blue ended 28 years after first doing so in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps To Swim 7 Events In London

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps will compete in seven different events in London during the 2012 Olympics.


2012 Olympic Swimming Trials: Missy Franklin Wins 200m Backstroke, Elizabeth Beisel Qualifies

Missy Franklin will have a chance to become the first woman to win seven medals at an Olympic games in swimming, though it was a foregone conclusion that she would qualify for seven events coming into Sunday night. The 200 meter backstroke is her self-described favorite event, and she won in very comfortable fashion. She did not appear to be going as hard as she could, and still won in 2:06.12.

Elizabeth Beisel will be joining her at the Olympics after she turned in a time of 2:07.58 in a second-place finish. Elizabeth Pelton put in an impressive effort, but came up just short in third place and will miss out on qualifying for the Olympics.

You can find more information on the week's events at the official USA Swimming website.

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2012 Olympic Swimming Trials: Previewing Day 2 In Omaha

The 2012 U.S. Olympics Team Trials in Swimming continue from Omaha Tuesday night with three finals and four semi-finals events (but no Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte finals showdown, sad trombones). NBC Sports Network has coverage of the heats from 6:30-8 p.m. ET, and then NBC picks up the live finals coverage from 8-9 p.m. The finals will also be streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.

The semi-finals begin with the Men's 200m free, with Lochte and Phelps swimming in the second heat (approximately 8:11 p.m. ET). Assuming both advance -- a good assumption, since they were two of the fastest qualifiers -- they will then duel in the 200m free finals, set for Wednesday night.

The 200m free semis will be Lochte's only event Tuesday night after he scratched from the 100m back semi-finals. He was the second-fastest qualifier in the 100m back, but apparently decided he was better off focusing solely on the 200m free. Matt Grevers, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, was the fastest qualifier for the semis.

The other two semi-finals scheduled for Tuesday night are the Women's 100m breaststroke, in which Rebecca Soni was the top qualifier, and the Women's 100m back, where 17-year-old Missy Franklin leads the way.

There are three finals on Day 2, meaning six spots for the London Olympics are up for grabs (top two finishers from each race advance):

Women's 100m Butterfly

Dana Vollmer turned in the fastest qualifying time, and did so by almost two full seconds (her time of 56.42 was a new America Record and just 0.36 seconds off the world record). She's obviously the heavy favorite but will be challenged by veteran Natalie Coughlin and Christine Magnuson, who won silver in the event at the Beijing Games.

Men's 100m Breaststroke

Only one swimmer went under one minute in the heats and that was Brendan Hansen (59.71), who was once the top breastroker in America (he finished fourth in Beijing in the event).

Women's 400m Freestyle

The biggest surprise here is who's not in the finals, and that's Katie Hoff, 2008 Olympic silver medalist. The third seed entering the trials, Hoff felt sick all day after eating "something bad" and failed to advance past the semi-finals. Allison Schmitt was the top qualifier, followed by Kathleen Ledecky and Chloe Sutton.

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in Omaha as Team USA is decided.


2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Schedule For The Week In Omaha

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Swimming begin Monday morning at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., with preliminary heats in the men's 400m IM. Throughout the week, the team that will represent the USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics will be decided, with the top two finishers in 26 events advancing to London.

The marquee events will be "any events with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battling each other" -- the rivals will duel in six events: 400m IM, 100m and 200m free, 200m back, 200m IM and 100m fly.

On the women's side, 45-year-old Dana Torres is in the 50m free, hoping to make her sixth Olympic team. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Missy Franklin, a 17-year-old from Colorado, who is entered in five events: 50m free, 100m and 200m back, and 100m and 200m freestyle.

Complete 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Swimming Schedule:


Men's 400m IM
Women's 100m Fly
Men's 400m Free
Women's 400m IM
Men's 100m Breast

Men's 400m IM - Final
Women's 100m Fly - Semifinal
Men's 400m Free - Final
Women's 400m IM - Final

Men's 100m Breast - Semifinal


Women's 100m Back
Men's 200m Free
Women's 100m Breast
Men's 100m Back
Women's 400m Free

Women's 100m Fly - Final
Men's 200m Free - Semifinal
Women's 100m Breast - Semifinal
Men's 100m Breast - Final
Women's 400m Free - Final

Men's 100m Back - Semifinal
Women's 100m Back - Semifinal


Women's 200m Free
Men's 200m Fly
Women's 200m IM

Women's 200m Free - Semifinal
Men's 200m Free - Final
Women's 100m Back - Final
Men's 100m Back - Final
Women's 100m Breast - Final

Men's 200m Fly - Semifinal
Women's 200m IM -- Semifinal


Men's 100m Free
Women's 200m Fly
Men's 200m Breast

Men's 100m Free - Semifinal
Women's 200m Free - Final
Men's 200m Fly - Final

Women's 200m Fly - Semifinal
Men's 200m Breast - Semifinal
Women's 200m IM - Final


Women's 100m Free
Men's 200m Back
Women's 200m Breast
Men's 200m IM

Men's 200m Breast - Final
Women's 100m Free - Semifinal
Men's 200m Back - Semifinal
Women's 200m Fly - Final
Men's 100m Free - Final

Women's 200m Breast - Semifinal
Men's 200m IM - Semifinal


Men's 50m Free
Women's 800m Free
Men's 100m Fly
Women's 200m Back

Men's 50m Free - Semifinal
Women's 200m Breast - Final
Men's 200m Back - Final

Women's 200m Back - Semifinal
Men's 200m IM - Final
Women's 100m Free - Final

Men's 100m Fly - Semifinal


Women's 50m Free
Men's 1500m Free

Women's 200m Back - Final
Men's 100m Fly - Final
Women's 800m Free - Final
Men's 50m Free - Final

Women's 50m Free - Semifinal


Women's 50m Free - Final
Men's 1500m Free - Final

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in Omaha as Team USA is decided.


Michael Phelps Shaves Mustache, Will Swim 400m IM

After he won the gold medal in the 400m IM at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps said he would never again compete in the event, considered to be the most grueling in swimming. So much for that.

Phelps will indeed swim the taxing 400m IM at the 2012 U.S. Olympics Swim Trials, which begin Monday. USA Swimming confirmed the news shortly after Phelps not-so-subtly made the announcement ... by shaving his mustache, obviously.


The preliminary heats for the 400m IM begin Monday at 11 a.m. ET. The finals are Monday night, and will likely be the first showdown between Phelps and Ryan Lochte. The heats will be shown later on NBC Sports Network (6-8:30 p.m.), while the finals will air live on NBC and stream on NBCOlympics.com (8-9 p.m.). Phelps is swimming in Heat 10; Lochte is in Heat 12, the final heat.

It's worth noting that Phelps could still scratch after his morning heat if he decides not to compete in the finals.

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in Omaha as Team USA is decided.


Michael Phelps Enters 7 Events In U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Ryan Lochte In 11

What was originally reported by the Baltimore Sun Tuesday morning (and then confirmed by Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde) became official a few hours later: Michael Phelps is scheduled to compete in seven events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming next week in Omaha, Nebraska. His biggest rival, and greatest threat in London, Ryan Lochte, is entered in 11 total events.

Of course, Lochte likely won't swim all 11, and even Phelps might not follow through with his seven events -- "athletes can scratch out of an event up to the conclusion of the finals the day before the prelims of their next event is scheduled."

USA Swimming released the psych sheet (PDF) -- an order of events with participating swimmers -- for the trials, which run from June 25-July 1 and will be held at the CenturyLink Center. The top two finishers in each event will go to the Olympic Games in London.

Phelps is entered in the 400m IM, 200m free, 200m fly, 100m free, 200m back, 200m IM and 100m fly. He is the top seed in both the 100m and 200m butterfly. The most notable of his seven, perhaps, is the 400m IM, considered to be the most grueling event for a swimmer, and a race Phelps himself said he'd never do again after setting the world record at the 2008 Beijing Games.

"It's safe to say he's entered in more events than he'll actually swim," Bob Bowman, Phelps' coach, told the USA Today.

Lochte's 11 events are: 400m IM, 400m free, 100m breast, 200m free, 100m back, 200m fly, 100m free, 200m back, 200m IM, 50m free and 100m fly. He's the No. 1 seed in the 400 IM, 200 free, 200 back and 200 IM (he's also the current world-record holder).

So, if you're keeping track, Phelps and Lochte could go head-to-head in a total of six events: the 400m IM, 100 and 200 free, 200 back, 200 IM and 100 fly.

Another notable event to keep an eye on is the men's 100m free -- not only will it have Phelps and Lochte, but also Ryan Lezak and the current American-record holder, David Walters.

On the women's side, 11-time Olympic medal winner Natalie Coughlin is entered in five events (100m back, 100m free, 100m fly, 200m IM and 50m free) while 45-year-old Dana Torres is in the 50m free.

Missy Franklin, a 17-year-old rising star from Colorado, is entered in five events: 50m free, 100m and 200m back, and 100m and 200m freestyle.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming, which will be held at the CenturyLink Center, run from June 25-July 1. A complete schedule and be found at the USA Swimming site.

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