Tuesday June 26, 2012Lochte and Dwyer Advance to 200 Free Finals on Second Night of US Trials
The second day of US Swim Trials has come to a close at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., as a handful of Gators were on hand for the chance to don the Stars and Stripes in London this summer.
The night was kick-started by Gators Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) as the duo took to the pool in the 200 free semifinals, and sophomore Elizabeth Beisel (Kingstown, R,I.) represented the Orange and Blue for the second night in a row in the women’s 400 free finals.
For the second night in a row two of the world’s top swimmers – Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps – dove into the water for what was deemed ‘the race of the night’.
Once again, the Gator prevailed as Lochte out-touched Phelps by two hundredths of a second to take the top seed heading into tomorrow night’s 200 free finals. The field was neck-and-neck until the duo broke away in the final turn and raced to a nail-biting finish down the stretch and into the pad.
Lochte, the reigning World Champion in the 200 free, touched in 1:46.25 to clip Phelps’ 1:46.27. The swim ranks sixth in the world this year, and positions the Gator great for another possible Olympic berth after earning a spot on the team in last night’s 400 IM alongside Phelps.
Following Lochte was Dwyer, who just 24 hours earlier punched his first ticket to London with a stellar performance in the 400 free. Tonight, he pulled together another spectacular swim in the 200 free semifinals with a 1:47.38 effort that seeds him third behind Lochte and Phelps heading into tomorrow night’s final race.
While the Battle of the Titans – Lochte vs. Phelps – is the headline of tomorrow night’s 200 free final, the top four finishers in the event will combine to make the US Olympic 800 freestyle relay team. If Dwyer maintains his momentum heading into tomorrow, he could stamp another ticket to London this summer as a member of that squad
Fellow training partner to Lochte and Dwyer, Peter Vanderkaay, just missed an appearance in the finals after finishing ninth with a 1:48.12 effort.
Beisel took to the pool for her second final appearance in as many days in tonight’s 400 free final. While she won’t represent the United States in the 400 free, after stamping her ticket to London in last night’s 400 IM, the sophomore finished fourth in a lifetime-best 4:07.29.
The 2012 Olympic Swim Trials will continue again tomorrow with preliminary heats in both the women’s 200 free and 200 IM, and the men’s 200 fly; semifinals in the women’s 200 free and 200 IM, and the men’s 200 fly; finals in the men’s 200 free, women’s 100 breast and both the men’s and women’s 100 back.
All but the fastest heats of preliminaries will be webcast live at www.usaswimming.org June 25-July 1. NBC Sports will broadcast the fastest 2-4 heats of preliminaries on tape delay later that day. Please note that finals will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET and at 7 p.m. CT. Finals will air tape delayed in the Mountain Time zone at 7 p.m. and at 8 p.m. in the Pacific Time zone.
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Women’s 100 Meter Fly
Alana Pazevic, 89th, 1:04.21
Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle
Ryan Lochte, 1st, 1:46.25 – advances to finals
Conor Dwyer, 3rd, 1:47.38 – advances to finals
Peter Vanderkaay, 9th, 1:48.12
Nicholas Caldwell, 34th, 1:50.75
Rex Tullius, 45th, 1:51.23
Alexander Martin, 74th, 1:52.41
Connor Signorin, 85th, 1:52.95
Colin Hamilton, 99th, 1:53.53
Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke
Rebecca Rainer, 108th, 1:12.94
Julia Treible, 142nd, 1:14.16
Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke
Ryan Lochte, Scratched, 53.92 (preliminary heat)
Matt Curby, 46th, 56.89
Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle
Elizabeth Beisel, 4th, 4:07.29
Jamie Bohunicky, 31st, 4:15.70
Alicia Mathieu, 57th, 4:19.66
Sharla Milne, 59th, 4:19.70
Molly Dubrasky, 96th, 4:23.88