Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAB
  • NBA
  • Final
    PHO98
    BKN126
  • Final
    TOR101
    MIA84
  • Final
    MEM90
    SA97
  • Final
    LAC95
    DAL97
  • Final
    NY95
    POR110
  • NHL
  • Final
    CBJ1
    WSH2
  • Final
    TB6
    BOS3
  • Final
    ARI1
    FLA3
  • Final
    CAR4
    MTL1
  • Final
    PIT1
    OTT2
  • Final
    NJ2
    TOR4
  • Final
    CGY1
    NSH3
  • Final
    PHI3
    MIN1
  • Final
    VAN1
    STL4
  • Final
    DAL2
    CHI3
  • Final
    EDM7
    COL4
  • Live
    WPG2
    LA4
  • CBK
  • Final
    MICH68
    OREGON69
  • Final
    WVU58
    GONZ61
  • Final
    PURDUE66
    KANSAS98
  • Live
    XAVIER71
    ARI71

Young guns have attention of Phelps at US trials

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Michael Phelps opens up about 5th Olympic try, stint in rehab

The unheralded enjoyed the spotlight at the U.S. Olympic swim trials on Tuesday but it is back to the shadows as Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky prepare to take center stage at the U.S. Olympic swim trials.

Newcomers Townley Haas, Olivia Smoliga, Lilly King and Ryan Murphy all punched their tickets to the Rio Games at the expense of some familiar names with brilliant wins on a wild night at the CenturyLink Centre.

But business as usual is expected to resume on Wednesday with Phlelps gunning for a spot on a fifth Olympic team and Ledecky in blistering form.

SEE MORE: Visit AOL.com's new Rio 2016 experience

Phelps signaled on Tuesday that he is ready for Rio with two controlled, dominating swims in the 200 meters butterfly.

After posting the top time in the morning preliminaries Phelps followed up with an equally impressive effort in the evening semi-finals, in the event he won in Athens and Beijing but surrendered to Chad le Clos at the 2012 London Olympics.

"I don't even know half of them," said Phelps about all the new faces that could be his Rio team mates. "I think it's good for the sport.

"I think it's interesting and also exciting just to have new faces who are really pumped up to come up into the sport.

"I think that's a good thing to see as I'm on my way out."

A few of Phelps' former Olympic team mates are now familiar with the new names, as gold medal winners Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers, Natalie Coughlin and Ryan Locthe were all left in the wake of the newcomers on Tuesday.

MICHAEL PHELPS PREPARES FOR RIO:

1 PHOTOS
NTP: Michael Phelps preps for Rio Olympics
See Gallery
NTP: Michael Phelps preps for Rio Olympics
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Phelps will be wary of falling victim to the young guns in his final, such as 18-year-old Zach Harting and 19-year-old Andrew Seliskar.

"I was like, 'Wow, I'm the only 30-year-old swimming in this event'," said Phelps, world record holder in the 200 fly. "That's awesome, and in two days I will be 31."

Younger swimmers eager to pull off an upset will not be a concern for Ledecky, still a teenager and already the dominant force in women's swimming.

The 19-year-old secured her Olympic spot on Monday winning the 400 free with the third fastest swim ever in the event and will be expected to add the 200 free to her Rio dance card on Wednesday after dominating the heats and semi-finals.

"We've worked a lot on my turns and those are feeling really good, both going in and coming out," said Ledecky, world champion in the 200 free. "Keep those the same and swim a little harder I think it will be good tomorrow."

Follow AOL Sports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners