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    Olympic Swim Trials: Wednesday's preview

    June 29th, 2016, 6:31 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

    Finals: Women's 200 freestyle, men's 200 butterfly, women's 200 individual medley

    Semifinals: Men's 100 freestyle, women's 200 butterfly, men's 200 breaststroke

    TV: NBC, finals, 8 p.m. delayed

    Live streaming: nbcsports.com/live, 8 a.m.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Tuesday's preview

    June 28th, 2016, 6:48 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

    Finals: Men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 breaststroke

    Semifinals: Women’s 200 freestyle, men’s 200 butterfly, women’s 200 individual medley

    TV: NBC, finals, 5 p.m.

    Live streaming: nbcsports.com/live, 8 a.m.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Aquazot's Merrell handling nerves

    June 27th, 2016, 1:18 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Dropping time at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials is no small feat.

    Mission Viejo Nadadores coach Bill Rose said in Sunday’s opening session of prelims that only 17 percent of swimmers improved their seed time.

    That statistic could support the theory that the Trials are more pressure-filled than the Olympics.

    “Once you’re at the Olympics, you’re an Olympian (forever),” said Aquazot coach Brian Pajer, who raced at the Trials in 1988 and 1992. “But when you’re here (at Trials) and you work this hard and you’re right there for it and you don’t make it, then you’re not. A lot of people put a lot of pressure on themselves because of that.”

    Newport Beach’s Eva Merrell, 16, said she dealt with some nerves the first two days of Trials.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: O.C. standout Melanie Klaren to coach at Duke

    June 27th, 2016, 12:30 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Two-time O.C. Register swimmer of the year Melanie Klaren (Aliso Niguel), 23, missed the semifinals of the 100-meter backstroke Monday by about four-tenths of a second but dropped a tenth from her seed-time with a 1:01.69.

    Klaren is focused more on the 200 backstroke on Friday but also has made some important life decisions. The former Cal captain will retire from swimming this summer and become an assistant coach at Duke.

    “This is my last meet, so I’m just going to have fun,” she said. “I made World University Games last summer. I wanted to pick my end date. ... I’m really happy with that choice. Being here is awesome.”

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Monday preview

    June 27th, 2016, 6:48 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Monday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

    Finals: Women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke, women’s 400 freestyle    

    Semifinals: Men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 backstroke

    TV: NBC, finals, 5 p.m.

    Live streaming: nbcsports.com/live, begins 8 a.m.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Rookies Shoults, Andrew make waves in debuts

    June 26th, 2016, 3:17 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Grant Shoults of the Nadadores made a successful debut at Trials by grabbing the eighth and final spot in the men’s 400 freestyle final.

    The Santa Margarita graduate finished fourth in his prelims heat with a time of 3:50.52.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” Shoults, 19, said. “I squeezed my way in there. I had to scratch and crawl my way to that finish but I’m so happy with the prelims swim. … If I don’t make the (Olympic) team, it’s a great practice for the future. I get to race in front of I don’t know, 14,000 people (in finals). Just an awesome experience.”

    Michael Andrew of Lawrence, Kansas qualified fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a lifetime-best and junior world record 59.96 in his first Trials race. The 17-year-old professional swimmer also set the national age-group record for 17 and 18-year-olds in his heat victory, becoming the youngest American to break one minute in the event.

    “I knew that I could do it,” said Andrew, who unleashed a celebratory splash in his lane. “When it happened, I was, ‘This is amazing.’ … I’m just stoked.”

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    Olympic Swim Trials: McLaughlin fancy in successful opening race

    June 26th, 2016, 2:20 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    OMAHA, Neb. – Katie McLaughlin followed one of her favorite traditions before she stepped onto the starting block Sunday morning at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

    The Mission Viejo Nadadores’ standout had her fingernails painted – metallic gold this time – as she followed her ritual for big competitions.

    “I told Coach (Bill) Rose that I wouldn’t get on the blocks if I didn’t have them done,” McLaughlin, 18, said. “I was kidding.”

    The former Santa Margarita and JSerra standout also was fast in the prelims of the women’s 100-meter butterfly, an encouraging sign what she endured to reach CenturyLink Center.

    McLaughlin qualified sixth for Monday night’s semifinals with a time of 59.14 seconds, including a swift 31.35 split in the final 50 meters that moved her from fifth place to second in her heat to defending Olympic champion Dana Vollmer (57.50).

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Sunday preview

    June 25th, 2016, 11:04 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

    Event finals: men’s 400-meter individual medley, men’s 400 freestyle, women’s 400 IM

    Event semifinals: women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke

    TV: NBC, finals, 5 p.m.

    What to watch: Stanford’s Ella Eastin (Crean Lutheran) could earn an Olympic berth in the 400 IM on the opening night of Trials. Ryan Lochte and Chase Kalisz, Michael Phelps’ protégé, could duel in the men’s 400 IM. But don’t forget about Tyler Clary (Riverside Poly) in the 400 IM and USC-based Conor Dwyer in the 400 free. Dwyer owns the fastest time in the 400 free by an American this year with a 3:46.09. The 100 butterfly will provide insight on the health of Katie McLaughlin (neck) and a chance for Newport Beach’s Eva Merrell, 16, to rise.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Five O.C. racers to watch in Omaha

    June 25th, 2016, 5:32 am by By DAN ALBANO

    OMAHA, NEB. -- Five O.C. swimmers to watch at the U.S. Olympic Trials:

    Tom Shields: The Kellogg’s cereal box cover boy appears headed toward a showdown with Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly but also watch for the Edison graduate in the 200 butterfly. Shields’ underwater streamlines might be the best in Omaha.

    Jessica Hardy: The Golden West Swim Club veteran made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team by capturing the 50 and 100-meter freestyles. But the pride of Long Beach Wilson has always been a breaststroker at heart and badly wants to qualify for Rio in the 100 breast.

    Katie McLaughlin: The U.S. national teamer could emerge as one of the inspirational stories if she qualifies for Rio after fracturing two vertebrae in her neck in January. The challenge might prove too much but the Nadadores’ 18-year-old deserves applause for trying. Just watch her last six strokes in the butterfly.

    Ella Eastin: The former Crean Lutheran star exploded during her freshman year at Stanford, setting the American record in the 200-yard individual medley at 1:51.65. Look for the SOCAL club swimmer to contend in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley.

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    Olympic Swim Trials: Meet Team Orange County for Omaha (updated w/ Vosseler))

    June 23rd, 2016, 7:53 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    The Novaquatics' Justin Nguyen of Fountain Valley, Courtney Mykkanen of Foothill and Andrew Koustik of Calvary Chapel are part of Team O.C. for Olympic Swim Trials

    Team O.C.

    Orange County swimmers for U.S. Olympic Trials, June 26-July 3, Omaha, Neb.

    Club

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