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Another win at U.S. Olympic trials keeps Michael Phelps on gold track

OMAHA, Neb. — After a couple of epic duels with rival Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps made this one look easy.

Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events in London this summer, getting a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials Thursday.

Phelps has locked up three individual events for London, and he has two to go. Combined with a likely spot on all three relays, Phelps, 26 — the winningest Olympian ever with 14 golds — would have a chance to duplicate his record of eight gold medals in 2008 if he doesn't stumble over the next three days.

"(Thursday) was the best my stroke has felt throughout the whole meet," he said.

Tyler Clary made his first Olympic team with his second-place finish.

Allison Schmitt was equally dominant in winning the 200 free. She broke her U.S. record by .56 seconds, winning in 1 minute, 54.40 seconds, the world's best time this year. Missy Franklin, 17, locked up her second spot, taking second.

Caitlin Leverenz became a first-time Olympian with a victory in the 200 individual medley. Ariana Kukors, the 2009 world champion, took the second spot. Florida's Elizabeth Beisel was fifth.

Lochte — who has beaten Phelps and finished second to him in finals at these trials — didn't have a final on this day. He swam the 100 free semis and qualified for today's final but scratched. Lochte has the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley today; he's the world champion in both.

In the women's 200 butterfly semis, former Gator Teresa Crippen advanced to the final. Becca Mann of Clearwater finished seventh in her semi and didn't advance. In the men's 200 breaststroke semis, UF's Matt Elliott advanced.

Results for other bay area swimmers and those with state university ties:

• In the 100 free, not advancing out of the heats were UF's Conor Dwyer and Brad Deborde, FSU's Mark Weber and New Port Richey's Tommy Wyher, a Tampa Jesuit grad.

• In the women's 200 butterfly, not advancing were East Lake's Taylor Katz, UF's Jamie Bohunicky and Molly Dubrasky, FSU's Elizabeth Pepper, Shorecrest's Emma Spilman, incoming FSU freshman Mary Elizabeth King and Newsome's Merrill Wilson.

• In the men's 200 breaststroke, not advancing were UF's Ricky Munch and former Gator Robert Kennedy.

Another win at U.S. Olympic trials keeps Michael Phelps on gold track 06/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:08am]
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