Schmitt sets another U.S. record winning 200 free
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Allison Schmitt broke her own American record with a time of 1:54.40, the best in the world this year, to win the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials. Already the winner in the 400 free, she eclipsed the national record set in the 2009 world championships at Rome.
"I didn't feel like I was on my record pace, but I could hear the crowd," Schmitt said. "And when I touched and saw the flames go off I was pretty excited before I even looked up and saw the time."
Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin locked up another Olympic race, claiming the second 200 spot in 1:56.79. She rallied from fifth place at the first turn to take the runner-up position. Franklin already won the 100 backstroke and looks poised to have another huge performance in London, after breaking through at last year's worlds with five medals.
Dana Vollmer and Lauren Perdue finished third and fourth, assuring themselves of being in the pool for the 800 free relay. Shannon Vreeland (fifth) and Alyssa Anderson (sixth) also are likely to be taken to London as potential relay swimmers.
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