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July 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- Missy Franklin and Rebecca Soni, long projected to win gold medals for the United States on Monday night, suddenly find themselves pitted against upstart challengers. Franklin set an American record in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials, and her time of 58.85 seconds was the fastest in the world this year. Entering the Olympics, that is. Emily Seebohm of Australia set an Olympic record in the qualifying heats, with 58.23 seconds, and followed with 58.39 in the semifinals.
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March 19, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
When Rebecca Soni took down one of the hallowed barriers in swimming - becoming the first woman to go under 2 minutes and 20 seconds in the 200-meter breaststroke - the moment resonated on multiple levels. Not only did her star turn come on the world stage, at the London Olympics, the modest Soni became the first American swimmer to repeat a gold-medal performance in the breaststroke, winning in 2:19.59. Four years prior, Soni upset the heavily favored Leisel Jones of Australia to own the podium at the Beijing Olympics in the 200 breaststroke.
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August 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- And just like that ... one more world record tumbled by the wayside. This one came courtesy of defending Olympic champion Rebecca Soni of the Trojan Swim Club. Soni took it out in the semifinals of the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday night at the Aquatics Centre, winning her heat in 2 minutes 20 seconds. How impressive was it? Soni won by almost 2½ seconds. The world record had been held by Canadian Annamay Pierse, who went 2:20.12 at the World Championships in Rome in 2009.
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August 2, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Rebecca Soni's world record in the 200-meter breaststroke lasted all of one day. Then the defending Olympic champion rewrote her own work, becoming the first woman to break the 2-minute, 20-second barrier, winning Olympic gold in 2:19.59 on Thursday at the Aquatics Centre. "I can't believe it," said Soni, the former USC standout who still trains with the Trojan Swim Club.  PHOTOS: London Olympics - Day 6 Taking the silver was Satomi Suzuki of Japan (2:20.72)
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August 2, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Rebecca Soni's world record in the 200-meter breaststroke lasted all of one day. Then the defending Olympic champion rewrote her own work, becoming the first woman to break the 2-minute, 20-second barrier, winning Olympic gold in 2:19.59 on Thursday at the Aquatics Centre. "I can't believe it," said Soni, the former USC standout who still trains with the Trojan Swim Club.  PHOTOS: London Olympics - Day 6 Taking the silver was Satomi Suzuki of Japan (2:20.72)
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August 19, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Rebecca Soni doesn't flinch in the pool. Not a bit. Out of it? Perhaps the quickest way to get Soni to duck her head and giggle is to pass along high praise or ask her to predict a world record in her next race. "Don't say that," she said, looking genuinely embarrassed. What caused that specific reaction was when one reporter talked about making people think 2:19 was within her reach in the 200-meter breaststroke, which, of course, would be a world record. It certainly seems within reason the way the 23-year-old Soni is swimming at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine.
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August 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- World champion Jiao Liuyang of China consolidated her hold on the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday by winning the event at the Olympics, taking the gold in 2 minutes 4.06 seconds. American Kathleen Hersey had been considered a serious threat to win based on her impressive showing in the semifinals, in which she had the fastest qualifying time, but she finished fourth in 2:05.78. The event was highlighted by a slice of history. Spain's Mireia Belmonte won the silver, her country's first medal at these Games and said to be the first swimming medal ever won by a Spanish-born woman.
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June 6, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Whether it's a pool in Omaha or Charlotte, N.C., or closer to home on the campus of USC, the concept is still the same for those swimmers with Olympic experience or those looking to make their first U.S. squad. Call it a final dress rehearsal. This weekend, there will be three significant swim meets around the country serving the dual purpose of fine-tuning and experimentation set against the backdrop of the U.S. Olympic swim trials, which start in Omaha on June 29. Most prominently will be a test event in Omaha, the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational, at the Qwest Center.
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June 28, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte stood atop the awards podium, awaiting the medals that would signify just how fast they were. Amid the music, the lights and the celebration of two more entries in London, Lochte turned to Phelps and basically said: Dude, we're too slow. Phelps won Round 2 of America's greatest swimming rivalry Wednesday, beating Lochte by five-hundredths of a second in the 200-meter freestyle. Lochte edged Phelps on Monday in the 400 individual medley, with as many as four more duels possible by the end of the U.S. Olympic trials.
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August 21, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
From wavering confidence a couple of weeks ago to a dazzling four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. But that's not the complete journey Jessica Hardy of Long Beach was talking about Saturday night in Irvine. "It's really, really, really, really gratifying," she said. "Being forced to sit for a year and struggling emotionally the past year, I'm really happy to have gotten the confidence and just everything is clicking and I'm loving it. " On a night of bright smiles around the pool, perhaps hers best defined the word incandescent.
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August 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- World champion Jiao Liuyang of China consolidated her hold on the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday by winning the event at the Olympics, taking the gold in 2 minutes 4.06 seconds. American Kathleen Hersey had been considered a serious threat to win based on her impressive showing in the semifinals, in which she had the fastest qualifying time, but she finished fourth in 2:05.78. The event was highlighted by a slice of history. Spain's Mireia Belmonte won the silver, her country's first medal at these Games and said to be the first swimming medal ever won by a Spanish-born woman.
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August 1, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- And just like that ... one more world record tumbled by the wayside. This one came courtesy of defending Olympic champion Rebecca Soni of the Trojan Swim Club. Soni took it out in the semifinals of the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday night at the Aquatics Centre, winning her heat in 2 minutes 20 seconds. How impressive was it? Soni won by almost 2½ seconds. The world record had been held by Canadian Annamay Pierse, who went 2:20.12 at the World Championships in Rome in 2009.
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July 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- Missy Franklin and Rebecca Soni, long projected to win gold medals for the United States on Monday night, suddenly find themselves pitted against upstart challengers. Franklin set an American record in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials, and her time of 58.85 seconds was the fastest in the world this year. Entering the Olympics, that is. Emily Seebohm of Australia set an Olympic record in the qualifying heats, with 58.23 seconds, and followed with 58.39 in the semifinals.
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June 28, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte stood atop the awards podium, awaiting the medals that would signify just how fast they were. Amid the music, the lights and the celebration of two more entries in London, Lochte turned to Phelps and basically said: Dude, we're too slow. Phelps won Round 2 of America's greatest swimming rivalry Wednesday, beating Lochte by five-hundredths of a second in the 200-meter freestyle. Lochte edged Phelps on Monday in the 400 individual medley, with as many as four more duels possible by the end of the U.S. Olympic trials.
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August 21, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
From wavering confidence a couple of weeks ago to a dazzling four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. But that's not the complete journey Jessica Hardy of Long Beach was talking about Saturday night in Irvine. "It's really, really, really, really gratifying," she said. "Being forced to sit for a year and struggling emotionally the past year, I'm really happy to have gotten the confidence and just everything is clicking and I'm loving it. " On a night of bright smiles around the pool, perhaps hers best defined the word incandescent.
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August 19, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Rebecca Soni doesn't flinch in the pool. Not a bit. Out of it? Perhaps the quickest way to get Soni to duck her head and giggle is to pass along high praise or ask her to predict a world record in her next race. "Don't say that," she said, looking genuinely embarrassed. What caused that specific reaction was when one reporter talked about making people think 2:19 was within her reach in the 200-meter breaststroke, which, of course, would be a world record. It certainly seems within reason the way the 23-year-old Soni is swimming at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine.
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August 7, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Ryan Lochte stood on the podium, bright green sneakers on his feet and glittering gold medal around his neck. It was another reminder that this was his week. Lochte brushed up for the Pan Pacific Championships by dominating a star-studded field in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships Saturday in Irvine. "I knew I had to get out fast and hold on for dear life," Lochte said. "Those last 50 yards I could see that everyone was coming and thought, 'This is going to be bad.' " It wasn't.
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August 8, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Ryan Lochte stood on the podium, bright green sneakers on his feet and glittering gold medal around his neck. It was another reminder that this was his week. Lochte brushed up for the Pan Pacific Championships by dominating a star-studded field in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships Saturday in Irvine. "I knew I had to get out fast and hold on for dear life," Lochte said. "Those last 50 yards I could see that everyone was coming and thought, 'This is going to be bad.' " It wasn't.
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