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Michael Phelps edges Ryan Lochte at the Olympic swimming trials

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Michael Phelps touched the wall first in the Men’s 200M freestyle Wednesday night, edging out teammate Ryan Lochte at the Olympic Trials. Both swimmers will represent the USA in the 200M freestyle at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Lochte touched the wall first Monday night in the 400M individual medley, and again Tuesday in the 200M semifinal. Phelps kept his eye on Lochte during the final and found the wall .o5 seconds quicker. With one win apiece, Phelps and Lochte are getting set for an exciting showdown in the 200M individual medley final on Saturday in Omaha.

Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin set an American record in the 100M Backstroke. Rachel Bootsma will join Franklin in London. Veteran Natalie Coughlin did not qualify in this race.

The Men’s 100M backstroke was fast! Matt Grevers touched the wall in 52.08 seconds. This will be Grevers' second trip to the Summer Olympics. Nick Thoman, 26, joins Grevers for his first trip to the Summer Games.

The last final of the night was the Women’s 100M breaststroke. Favorite Rebecca Soni was narrowly beaten by Breeja Larson. Look for both to be strong in London.

Catch more Olympic swimming trials with Lochte, Phelps, and the rest of the USA Swimming’s stars through Monday on NBC.

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