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Swimming Nationals Day 1 and 2 Updates

2008 Gold medalist Peirsol didn't have as much luck last night

Michael Phelps made a triumphant return to the pool, but a 2008 Olympic Gold medalist had problems at the USA Nationals.

Less than two months after some questions arose about Phelps’s recent form the best swimmer in the world clocked in a 1:45.61 in the 200 free, which is the fastest time in the world in 2010 so far. Ryan Lochte, who would be Michael Phelps if not for Phelps himself, had the 2nd fastest time both in the race and in the world this year.

Phelps also won the 200 fly by more than a second, but was unhappy with the race. It was roughly 5 seconds slower than his world record effort, which he set just last year.

Aaron Peirsol, the best backstroker in the world, didn’t have the same type of day. He was upset by Minnesota native David Plummer in the 100 back. Peirsol will still make the team for the Pan Pacific games, but it was the first event at a national championships he hadn’t won since 2000.

In other races, Natalie Coughlin won the 100 back and Allison Schmitt won the 200 free. On Monday, qualifiers were determined in the women’s 100 fly (Christy Magnuson and Dana Vollmer), the mens 400 free (Peter Vanderkaay and Michael Klueh), womens 200 IM (Ariana Kukors and Caitlin Leverenz), mens 100 breaststroke (Mike Alexandrov and Mark Gangloff), women’s 400 free (Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt), and men’s 400 IM (Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary)

The nationals continue tomorrow through August 7th

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