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US Trials: When A Psych Sheet Is Just That

Jun 19, 2012  - Craig Lord

The psych sheet for US Olympic trials is out - and does just what its name implies: it gives folk heading for battle, and the rest of us, little more to go on than we already knew. 

Take the the Michael Phelps Vs Ryan Lochte show: if Phelps is down to to do the expected 100, 200 free, 200 back 100, 200 'fly, 200IM and is also entered in the 400IM on day 1 to keep us all guessing, then Lochte is down for the 50, 100, 200 and 400 free, the 100 and 200 back, the 100 breast, the 100 and 200 'fly and both medleys. 

Guess what: Lochte won't swim them all, neither will Phelps - and thus ends the usefulness of the psyche sheet on that score. We will know the intentions of the multi-gold hunters as trials unfold from June 25 in Omaha. The meet runs to July 2,  when the US Olympic team will be the last national squad entered for the London 2012 Games.

Several others have entered "off-events" too. When trials are done, the only remaining major meet before the Olympic Games is the Paris Open at the end of the week in which the dust settles in Omaha. 

The eight days of swimming at the Olympic Games get underway in London on July 28.