Dara Torres fails to make team; Michael Phelps drops to seven events

OMAHA -- Dara Torres, 45, came up short in her bid to make it to the Olympics for a sixth time. She finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle Monday night, her only event at the U.S. swimming trials.

Jessica Hardy won in 24.50 seconds, and Kara Lynn Joyce took the other Olympic spot in 24.73.

Torres missed a trip to London by nine-hundredths of a second, also touching behind third-place Christine Magnuson (24.78). Torres smiled when she saw her time. She walked into the stands, still dripping wet, and scooped up young daughter Tessa, who was wearing a shirt that said "Go Mom."

In the last event of the eight-day trials, Andrew Gemmell won the grueling 1,500 freestyle in 14 minutes, 52.19 seconds. Connor Jaeger was right with him all the way, taking the second spot for London in 14:52.51.

 

Phelps scales back

Michael Phelps, the world's greatest swimmer, dropped one of his eight Olympic events Monday, leaving him with seven at the London Games. That means the 14-time gold medalist won't equal the record eight golds he won four years ago.

Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, announced on the final day of the U.S. trials that Phelps was scratching the 200 freestyle.

"It's so much smarter for me to do that," Phelps said. "We're not trying to re-create what happened in Beijing. It just makes more sense."

Phelps qualified in five individual events for London and is expected to swim all three relays. But on Bowman's recommendation, he will focus on the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Bowman said his main concern was Phelps being fresh for the 400 freestyle relay.

The relay final is on the same day as the preliminaries and semifinals of the 200 freestyle.

Phelps confirmed that he will retire after his last swim in London. "I won't be coming back," he said. "Put it on record." -- AP

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