Olympic Swimming Trials: Phelps looks to earn Olympic spot

Michael Phelps swims in a men's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday. AP Photo

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OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Phelps is expected to make his fifth and last Olympic team tonight when he swims in the 200 butterfly final at the U.S. Trials.

The winner of a record 22 Olympic medals qualified with a time that is 1.10 seconds faster than anyone else.

Phelps has dropped the 100-meter freestyle from his schedule. After earlier dropping the 200 freestyle, that leaves the 18-time Olympic gold medalist with three events over the eight-day meet.

Ryan Lochte is dropping out of the 200-meter freestyle as he continues to recover from a pulled groin.

The 11-time Olympic medalist qualified sixth in the preliminaries before deciding not to swim in the evening semifinals.

Four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin will try to overcome the disappointment of not qualifying to defend her 100-meter backstroke title in Rio when she swims in the 200-meter freestyle. She’s considered a longshot to earn one of the two spot in the individual event, but could qualify for a relay spot by finishing in the top six.

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