June 30, 2012 |
OMAHA -- Michael Phelps : The Sequel. Ryan Lochte : The Foil. That is the dominant plot for the U.S. swimming team in the 2012 Olympics, and Saturday night offered a glimpse of just how entertaining that story line might be. Phelps and Lochte raced within a quarter-second of each other from start to finish in the finals of the 200 individual medley, with no one else within four seconds of them. Phelps won, his second victory in three head-to-head matches at these trials, with the promise of three rematches in London.
June 30, 2012 |
OMAHA -- Janet Evans was still dripping wet when she signed her retirement papers. She checked the box marked "permanently retired. " "I can't wait to go take a yoga class," she said. Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin and Dara Torres came to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for a ticket to London. Evans, the fourth woman in the quartet of oldies but goodies, came for the experience, and the affirmation. "I'm proud I had the courage to try," she said. Evans, 40, finished 53rd among the 65 competitors in Saturday's qualifying heats on the 800 freestyle, with a time of 9 minutes and 1.59 seconds.
June 29, 2012 |
OMAHA -- This is a different kind of endurance swim, this race to hold off a new generation. Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard and Dara Torres have won a total of 30 Olympic medals. The next three days will determine whether - for the first time since 1976 - the United States will field a team with none of those three women on it. Coughlin and Beard staved off elimination at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night. Those two veterans return Saturday night, with Torres swimming Sunday, to the applause of an audience that does not need a program to identify them.
June 26, 2012 |
OMAHA — For every Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin , there are dozens of Shelby Webbers , the swimmers who pack preliminary heats with no chance to make the Olympic team. Of the roughly 1,850 swimmers entered in the Olympic trials, about 50 will qualify for the U.S. team. Webber was one of 162 swimmers competing Tuesday in the women's 100-meter backstroke, with two Olympic spots available. She finished 153rd overall, last in one of 17 preliminary heats. She spent barely one minute in the pool, and her trials were over.
August 14, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Jason Lezak and his new best friend . . . the last 50 meters in the pool. That brought him his first Olympic medal in an individual event with another stirring finish at the Water Cube this morning. Lezak, of Irvine, was fifth at the first 50 and brought it in the second half, finishing third in the star-studded 100-meter freestyle, in 47.67 seconds. He tied for the bronze with Cesar Cielo Filho of Brazil. Winning the gold was Alain Bernard of France (47.
August 10, 2008 |
TICKET TO BEIJING Beard is ready to swim -- Pretty soon she'll be right there with her new friends from PETA, hurling blood at those clad in fur coats. Uh, not quite. Amanda Beard is going to draw the line at nudity. Hers. "Nothing is showing in the picture. So that's pretty mellow, for me," she said on Thursday at a Speedo function at the Jintai Art Museum inside the bucolic Chaoyang Park. "I like the photo. I thought it was fun. PETA is a little more risque, a little more out there.