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Hansen makes his way back, Lochte, Phelps advance

Ryan Lochte starts in the men's 200-meter freestyle

Ryan Lochte starts in the men's 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. (June 26, 2012) Credit: AP

OMAHA, Neb. -- Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache.

He's feeling a lot better now.

Next stop: London.

Hansen, who retired from the sport after the Beijing Games but couldn't stay away, made his comeback worthwhile by winning the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials Tuesday night.

"No one would ever expect me to do something like that," Hansen said. "I'm not a flashy guy. I don't have grillz in my mouth [like Ryan Lochte]. I don't have eight gold medals [like Michael Phelps]."

Eric Shanteau is heading back to the Olympics, too, and this time he doesn't have to worry about battling cancer. He rallied to finish second to Hansen, pumping his fist when he saw his position, slapping hands with the winner, then running across the deck to kiss his wife.

Dana Vollmer, a gold medalist as a teenager in 2004, missed out on the team four years ago while battling injuries and health problems. It's all good now. She got off to a blistering start and soared through the water to easily win the 100 butterfly.

One night after Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 individual medley, Lochte edged him out again in the semifinals of the 200 freestyle.

Also claiming a spot on the Olympic team was Allison Schmitt, who got off to a huge lead in the 400 free right from the blocks and held on to win in 4:02.84. Chloe Sutton earned the second spot in 4:04.18.

Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin was the top qualifier in the semifinals of the 100 backstroke, putting up a time (59.06) that was less than a second off Gemma Spofforth's world record. Teenagers claimed the next three fastest times, as well: 18-year-old Rachel Bootsma, 17-year-old Olivia Smoliga, and 18-year-old Elizabeth Pelton.

Matt Grevers stamped himself as a favorite in the 100 back with the top semifinal time (53.10).

Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni leads the semifinals of the 100 breast (1:05.88), more than a second ahead of world-record holder Jessica Hardy (1:06.88). -- AP

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