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Dates: July 20-26

Venue: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

Schedule of men's finals:

July 20: 100 breast, 200 free.

July 21: 400 IM, 800 free relay.

July 22: 100 free, 200 fly.

July 23: 400 free, 100 back, 400 free relay.

July 24: 200 breast, 100 fly.

July 25: 50 free, 200 IM.

July 26: 200 back, 400 medley relay,1,500 free.

TV: Qualifying heats during morning session; finals at night.

July 20: 3-6 p.m.; 7:30-midnight.

July 21: noon-6 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight.

July 22: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 23: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 24: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 25: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

July 26: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-midnight.

Fun fact: Frederick Cavill of England moved to Australia in 1878 and built that country's first swimming pool. But he is better known in the swimming world for the fruits of a trip through the South Seas. He noticed the natives' kicking motion that helped propel them through the water. He returned home and demonstrated it to other swimmers. And at the turn of the century, two of his sons introduced it to U.S. and British swimmers. The stroke-and-kick motion became known as the Australian crawl and revolutionized the sport.

All-time best U.S. swimmer: Mark Spitz, without question. After a disappointing 1968 Olympics in Mexico City (two gold medals, both for relays), Spitz dominated the Munich Games in 1972 like no swimmer has ever dominated an Olympics. He entered seven events _ the 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly, 400 and 800 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay) and not only won gold in all seven but set (or, in the case of the relays, helped set) world records in all seven as well.