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OMAHA, Neb. Chelsea Kepa Jersey . -- The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio de Janeiro next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.Phelps, who turns 31 on Thursday, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure things at a meet described by Phelps as more pressure-packed than the Olympics. Its harder here, he said.No one is finding it tougher than Franklin.Four years ago, she was a bubbly teenager who became a star at the London Games, winning five medals, including four golds. Now, shes a professional athlete, albeit still oozing charisma, and sponsors are betting big bucks on her to succeed again. But Franklin wont be defending her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke after finishing a stunning seventh in the final Tuesday night.Right now I need to make the team in whatever way that looks like, she said.It might only be on a relay.Franklins next chance comes Wednesday night in the 200 freestyle, where shes a longshot. Ledecky, already on the team in the 400 free, looks to lock up a second event. She goes into the final more than a second faster than everyone else, leaving Franklin and defending Olympic champion Allison Schmitt among those scrapping for second.Thats a tough one, Franklin said.The top six finishers in the 200 free can make the team and be potential relay swimmers. Franklin and Schmitt would rather finish first or second so they could swim the individual event in Rio. But simply making the team would be enough at this point. Schmitt also won five medals in London, but has yet to impress in Omaha. She was fifth in the 400 free.Shell be able to work through some of the things she needs to work through, Phelps said of his longtime friend Schmitt.Phelps is expected to make his fifth and last Olympic team Wednesday night in the 200 butterfly final. He qualified with a time that is 1.10 seconds faster than anyone else. His protege, Chase Kalisz, will try to grab the second spot. Kalisz made his first Olympic team in the 400 individual medley.I see a lot of new faces. I dont even know half of them, Phelps said. Its exciting to have new faces, where people are really pumped to come up in the sport. Thats a good thing to see as Im on my way out.Ryan Lochte, Phelps rival and friend, eked onto the team Tuesday night with a fourth-place finish in the 200 free. Lochte is competing hurt, having injured his groin in the 400 IM preliminaries last Sunday.You can never go in knowing that youre going to make the team, just because the U.S. is one of the hardest countries to make the Olympic team for because theyre so strong in every event, he said. Youve just got to hope and believe that you can.Franklin isnt the only American who wont be defending an Olympic title in Rio.Matt Grevers, the 100 back champion four years ago, finished third in the final, beaten a half-second by first-timers Ryan Murphy and David Plummer, a 30-year-old father.Im a little stunned, Grevers said. After I let it sink in, Ill be more distraught than I currently am.He has another shot Wednesday in the 100 free preliminaries, needing a top-six finish to be considered for a relay berth.Like Grevers, Coughlin is aiming to make the team with a top-six finish in the womens 100 free. The 33-year-old swimmer finished eighth and last in the 100 back, an event in which she once won back-to-back Olympic titles and was the first woman to swim under 1 minute.My backstroke is just not there right now, she said.Veterans Clary and Hardy are still in the hunt. Clary, the 200 backstroke champion in London, finished seventh in the 200 free final. Hardy was sixth in the 100 breaststroke.Its scary for us veterans, Hardy said, but its really wonderful to see (the newcomers). The strength is really deep in our country and were really proud of that.Another first-timer, Maya DiRado, goes for a second event in the 200 IM final Wednesday night. She made the team in the 400 IM, and at 23, plans to retire from swimming after Rio to start a business analysts job awaiting her this fall.Its sad to see those faces go in so many events, said first-timer Lilly King, but nice to see new faces come up.---This story has been corrected to show Phelps birthday is Thursday, not Friday.Chelsea Olivier Giroud Jersey .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. Chelsea Ross Barkley Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Sundays clash at Rexall Place. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin used the occasion of her bronze-medal performance to speak out about gun violence.Castlins father was killed when she was 12 by someone who broke into the hotel he managed and demanded money. She also attended Virginia Tech at the time of the 2007 massacre there that killed nearly three dozen people.After a race in which she, Nia Ali and Brianna Rollins completed a first-ever American sweep of the medals in the 100-meter hurdles, Castlin used her platform to discuss a topic that has affected her deeply.Ive been around a lot of gun violence in my life, Castlin said. Not just Americans, but all over the world, were always touched by gun violence, always touched by tragedy. It feels good to be an example, not just for Americans but families all over the world.Ali has been affected by gun vviolence too. Chelsea Jerseys For Sale. .In 2009, Alis father, Aleem, a supervisor in the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, walked up to a car and shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then killed himself.Nia Ali found out what happened over the phone from her uncle.It was just a shock, disbelief. Almost surreal, Ali said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. It took me a while to process.She took some time off from track to focus on what was important -- family, school, friends and building relationships.My family is really supportive. Theyre my backbone and keep me going, said Ali, a psychology major while at USC. It was definitely a test to what I could really handle -- what my purpose in life would be. Cheap MLB Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping cheap nfl jerseys Cheap Jerseys USA China Jerseys Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys For Sale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys ' ' '

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