Lochte Earns Ticket to Beijing!
Former Gator Ryan Lochte raced his way to a second-place finish in the finals event of the 400-meter IM (4:06.08) on the opening night of the U.S. Olympic Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha Sunday. Lochte recorded the fastest 400 IM time in semi-finals of the event (4:13.38), but finished second in an exciting finals swim to 2004 U.S. Olympic teammate Michael Phelps, who shattered his own World Record clocking in at 4:05.25. Both Phelps and Lochte swam under Phelps' previous world record time (4:06.22), but with only two spots available on the U.S. Olympic team in the 400 IM, first place Phelps and women's 400-meter IM winner Katie Hoff secured both berths. Lochte will have additional opportunities for an Olympic berth in the days to come with the remainder of his entered events ahead of him. Lochte wasn't the only UF swimmer to turn in a stellar swim in the 400 IM finals as 2008 senior Dustin McClarty recorded a career-best time clocking in at 4:18.90, good for sixth place, while soon-to-be junior Clark Burckle placed seventh, tapping in at 4:19.24, also a career-best mark.
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