CAPTION: Jul 1, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Dara Torres (left) hugs Jessica Hardy after competing in the preliminaries of the womens 50m freestyle in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE
One big pool party
Following the conclusion of the US Olympic swimming trials on Monday, the US team headed to London is introduced during the closing ceremony in Omaha, Neb.
One last swim
Though she did not qualify for the Olympics, Dara Torres was the unquestioned star Monday, the final day of the US Olympic swimming trials at Omaha, Neb. After failing to qualify for London in the 50-meter freestyle, Torres got a hug from daughter Tessa Grace Torres-Hoffman. The 45-year-old was looking to make her sixth games.
Jessica Hardy, on the other hand, will swim the 50 free in London after winning the final on Monday.
Jack Bauerle, left, Athens Bulldogs Swim Club coach, congratulates Andrew Gemmell on Monday after Gemmell won the men's 1500-meter freestyle — the longest race at the trials.
Connor Jaeger actually finished second Monday, but that was pretty much as good as a win because he advanced to London in the men's 1500-meter freestyle.
Elizabeth Beisel (right) hugs University of Florida teammate Teresa Crippen after finishing second behind Missy Franklin in the 200-meter backstroke final Sunday to make the US Olympic team in the event. Crippen finished sixth.
Dara Torres, 45, celebrates after advancing to the final of the women's 50 free with the third fastest time in Sunday's semifinals. Torres is trying to reach her sixth Olympics. ''It's much tougher this time around,'' Torres said. ''People were saying I was middle-aged when I was 41, but I'm really, really middle-aged now.''
Ryan Feeley (from top), Chad LaTourette and Sean Ryan compete in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle preliminaries on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. All three swimmers finished among the top eight in preliminaries to qualify for Monday's final.
Push for the win
Michael Phelps starts the men's 100-meter butterfly final during Sunday's swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Phelps rallied for the victory and secured his fifth spot in an individual race at the Olympics. He'll swim in eight events overall for the United States, including relays.
Michael Phelps signs autographs for fans during Sunday's US trials.
Ready to shine
Traycie Swartz (pink suit) and other swimmers get set for the start of preliminary heat 13 of the women's 50 freestyle on Sunday.
Off to London
Cullen Jones reacts after winning the men's 50-meter freestyle final on Sunday. He'll be joined on the US team in the event by Anthony Ervin, who finished second to return to the Olympics after eight years away from swimming.
Quite a scene
The CenturyLink Center in Omaha was packed to the gills for Day 7 of the US Olympic swimming trials on Sunday.
Still the king . . . for now
Michael Phelps (far left) is congratulated by Chase Kailsz after Phelps won the men’s 200-meter individual medley final on Saturday at the US Olympics swimming trials at Omaha, Neb. For Phelps it was a win in the rubber match against rival Ryan Lochte. For the world, it may have been a glimpse into what should be an exhilarating and unpredictable Olympics in London.
Ryan Lochte hangs his head after losing the final match in his epic trials duel with Michael Phelps on Saturday. After the two swimmers split their first two finals races at Omaha, the last match, the men’s 200-meter individual medley, came down to a stretch, with Phelps touching the wall .09 second before Lochte.
Even in this photo one cannot tell who has the upper hand in the 200 IM showdown between Michael Phelps (foreground) and Ryan Lochte.
The look on Jessica Hardy’s face says she can’t believe she just swam perhaps the race of her life. Her words after the race confirmed it. Hardy won the women’s 100 freestyle final to book her trip to London, swimming a personal best in the final to edge Missy Franklin. It will be the first Olympics for Hardy, who was suspended for the 2008 games.
Eyeing one more
She may have come up short in the 100 freestyle final, but Missy Franklin has her sights set on the 200 backstroke title after swimming a trials record in Saturday night’s semifinals. The final is set for Sunday.
End of the line
40-year-old Janet Evans' Olympic comeback bid officially ended Saturday in Omaha, as she finished 53rd out of 65 swimmers in the 800-meter freestyle prelims. ''Grateful for the fact that I was able to do it and my body held up and people who supported me," the three-time Olympian and mother of two said.
I like what I see
Michael Phelps (foreground) looks up to see his score as he finished fastest in Saturday's 100 butterfly prelim. Davis Tarwater (rear) had the third-fastest time. Ryan Lochte also moved on to the semis with the sixth-best time.
Who you calling kid?
Katie Ledecky may be only 15, but tell that to the rest of the world. She swam the second-fastest time in Saturday's 800 free prelims. Kate Ziegler was the top qualifier for Sunday's final. The event also marked the end of the trials for both Janet Evans and Katie Hoff. Neither will be going to London.
Hey, it's Franklin
Missy Franklin on Saturday swam the fastest time in the 200 back, meaning not only will she swim for a trip to London in that event, but she also remains in line for a possible seven events during the games.
So happy I can ...
Cammile Adams can't control her emotions after winning the women's 200-meter butterfly final at Friday's session at the US Olympic swimming trials. Kathleen Hersey was second, Kim Vandenberg third.
Nathan Adrian, right, hugs Matt Grevers after winning the men's 100-meter freestyle final on Friday. Grevers finished third.
We're No. 1 ... and 2
In a big stunner, Scott Weltz (right) and Clark Burckle finished 1-2 in the men's 200 breaststroke on Friday. Favorites Eric Shanteau and Brendan Hansen finished third and fourth, respectively.
Pushed aside again
Ryan Lochte (foreground) leaves his lane after beating Michael Phelps (background) by more than a second in a men's 200-meter individual medley semifinal on Friday. Lochte swam the world's fastest time this year in the race.
Michael Phelps swims to victory in the men's 200-meter butterfly final.
Ryan Lochte competes in the mens 200m individual medley preliminary.
I see you
Michael Phelps (top) glances over at Ryan Lochte while racing to the finish of the mens 200m individual medley semifinal in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials.
Michael Phelps competes in the mens 200m individual medley semifinal.
Side by side
Ryan Lochte (right) and Michael Phelps compete in the mens 200m individual medley semifinal in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials.
Michael Phelps waves during the medal ceremony after winning the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the US Olympic swimming trials on Thursday.
Teresa Crippen swims in a women's 200-meter butterfly semifinal on Thursday. She swam the third-fastest time in qualifying for the finals.
Michael Phelps in action as he swims to victory in the men's 200 fly final on Thursday.
Reason to smile
Clark Burckle reacts after turning in the top semifinal time on Thursday in the 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries.
Cammile Adams turns in the top time in Thursday's women's 200-meter butterfly semifinals.
Yeah, I did that
Michael Phelps (left) talks with Tyler Clary after Phelps' winning swim in the 200 butterfly finals. Clary made a late run in the race to edge Bobby Bollier for second — and the other spot in London.
Matt Grevers waves after swimming in a men's 100-meter freestyle semifinal on Thursday. However, he later pulled out of the event, putting David Walters into the final.
Another swan song
Ryan Lochte swims in a men's 100-meter freestyle semifinal Thursday. He also would later pull out of the event.
You're in ...
... the finals. Eric Shanteau swam the second-best time in Thursday's 200-meter breaststroke semis. Clark Burckle was the top qualifier.
Breeja Larson reacts after winning the women's 100-meter breaststroke final at the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., on June 27.
Missy Franklin (top) receives a hug from Rachel Bootsma after winning the women's 100-meter backstroke final at the US Olympic Swimming Trials.
No more seconds
Michael Phelps smiles after winning the men's 200-meter freestyle final at the US Olympic swimming trials. Ryan Lochte (left) touched the wall five-hundredths of a second after Phelps.
Back it up
Matt Grevers (right) celebrates after winning the men's 100-meter backstroke final at the US Olympic Swimming Trials.
Elizabeth Beisel swims in the women's 200-meter individual medley preliminaries at the US Olympic Swimming Trials. She finished third and advanced to the finals.
Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200-meter butterfly preliminaries at the US Olympic swimming trials. He placed third in the semifinals.
Davis Tarwater swims in the men's 200-meter butterfly preliminaries at the US Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday. He placed second in his semifinal meet.
Dan Madwed (from top), Michael Phelps and Mark Dylla start in the men's 200-meter butterfly preliminaries at the US Olympic swimming trials.
Michael Phelps (left) and Conor Dwyer swim in the men's 200-meter freestyle preliminaries as Day 2 of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials gets under way Tuesday in Omaha. Phelps, the Olympic champion and world record holder, qualified third at 1:48.31, setting up another showdown with Ryan Lochte, who beat Phelps for the title last year in Shanghai and qualified first Tuesday.
That's quite a race, Missy
Missy Franklin advances in the 100 backstroke prelims. Swimming her first event of the eight-day meet, Franklin was the top qualifier in 59.54 seconds, easily moving the 17-year-old from Colorado into the evening semifinals.
Ryan Lochte is feeling good after he qualified fastest in the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries, exploding off the final turn to take the lead and cruise into the wall at 1 minute, 48.14 seconds.
Brendan Hansen, who retired from the sport after the Beijing Games but couldn't stay away, reacts during the medal ceremony after winning the 100-meter breaststroke Tuesday.
Hook 'em Horns
Brendan Hansen celebrates during the victory ceremony by kneeling like a pro wrestler and giving the ''Hook `em Horns'' sign — a nod to his Texas home and training base — as the podium slowly lifted him from beneath the pool deck into full view of more than 12,000 fans.
Michael Phelps has set himself up for another eight-event program in London — something he insisted he wouldn't do again after the Beijing Games. ''It's not an easy program, but we're going to try to do some things here,'' he said. ''The biggest thing is really how I hold up all week."
Jumping back in it
Two-time Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin advances in the 100 backstroke prelims, in fifth at 1:00.71. She was the first woman to break 1 minute in the event and formerly held the world record.
Eyes on the prize
Missy Franklin saw the sign under the massive scoreboard above the pool as she stroked to the opposite end of the pool. ''It was U.S. Olympic Team. Talk about motivation. That helped me get my tempo up the last 25,'' she said. ''I was nervous for my first race. But right now, I feel good.''
From outta nowhere
Charlie Houchin, a 24-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., who was 77th in the 200 free at the 2008 trials, was second-fastest at 1:48.15.
Take a bow
Dana Vollmer celebrates after she finished first in the championship final heat of the women's 100m butterfly.
Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau celebrate after they competed in the championship final heat of the men's 100m breaststroke. Shanteau is heading back to the Olympics, too, after he rallied to finish second to Hansen.
Second's not so bad
Eric Shanteau kisses his wife Jeri Moss Shanteau after placing in the second in the men's 100-meter breaststroke final.
Can Michael Phelps repeat his historic haul of eight golds? ''Anything can happen,'' he said. ''You've got to be in the right place at the right time.''
Amanda Beard, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 breast, qualified seventh for the evening semifinals. The 30-year-old mother of one is trying to make her fifth Olympic team, but the 100 is not her best event and she will have to pick up the pace to make the eight-woman final.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte check the clock after swimming in the men's 200-meter freestyle semifinal.
Like a champ
World champion Rebecca Soni led the way in the 100 breaststroke, coming on strongly over the final 50 meters to win her prelim heat in 1:06.33.
Great balls of fire!
The crowd enjoy a pyrotechnic display poolside at CenturyLink Center.
This ain't 2008
Michael Phelps was the man in 2008, winning everything in sight in Beijing. In 2012 Omaha, however, he was second fiddle to Ryan Lochte. The rivals got the US Olympic swimming trials started in style on Monday, facing off in the 400-meter IM final, won by Lochte. Phelps was second and both men made the Olympic team in the event.
Back and forth
Cammile Adams, left, and Elizabeth Beisel compete in the women's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.
In a bit of a stunner, Conor Dwyer (far right), seen here racing Connor Jaeger, finished second in the 400-meter freestyle in Monday's trials session and qualified for London. In not-so-surprising news, Peter Vanderkaay won the race, making his third Olympics.
Caitlin Leverenz dives in during a 400 IM prelim on Monday. She finished second in the final . . .
. . . to the winner
Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Beisel won the 400 IM, making her second consecutive Olympics.
Job well done
Cammile Adams (far left) hugs Elizabeth Beisel after Beisel won the 400 IM final on Monday.
Peter Vanderkaay will be in his third games after winning Monday's final in the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:47.67.
Ready for redemption
Brendan Hansen (black cap), the former world-record holder in the 100 breastroke, broke a minute in Monday's qualifier and looks like the man to beat in Tuesday's final.
By a head
Dana Vollmer competes in the preliminaries of the 100m butterfly in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center.
Swim like a butterfly
Alexa Mehesan competes in the preliminaries of the womens 100m butterfly in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center.
Head to head
Ryan Lochte, right, and Michael Phelps compete in the men's 400-meter individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.
Stroke of genius
Brendan Hansen swims in the men's 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.
Ryan Lochte swims in the men's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.
Rachel Bootsma, from bottom, Andrea Georoff, Shannon Draves, Kathryn Kinnear, Olivia Barker and Kathleen Nolan at the start in the women's 100-meter butterfly preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.
Ryan Lochte, right, leads Michael Phelps in the men's 400-meter individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 25, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Lochte won the race.
William Nicely, from left, David Ingraham, Nolan Tesone and Stephen Schmuhl swim in the men's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Monday in Omaha, Neb.
Dana Vollmer swims in the women's 100-meter butterfly preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday in Omaha, Neb. She had the fastest time in the prelims.
Michael Phelps competes in preliminary heat 10 of the Men's 400m individual medley during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials.
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Ryan Lochte competes in preliminary heat 12 of the Men's 400m individual medley during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials. He had the fastest time in the prelims.
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Going for it
Michael Phelps competes in preliminary heat 10 of the Men's 400m individual medley during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials. He had the second fastest time in the prelims, four seconds behind Lochte.
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Ryan Lochte competes in preliminary heat 12 of the Men's 400m individual medley during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials. Lochte went on to take the win from Phelps.
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Tyler McGill celebrates after swimming in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.