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16.06.2019 07:00
rican standouts at this years games -- forward Katie Bam (Blue Bell) and goalie Jackie Briggs (Robesonia) Antworten

OMAHA, Neb. -- Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time.That number wasnt really important.The only thing that mattered was No. 5.Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night, another huge milestone in the water but even more significant given whats happened away from the pool.A second drunken-driving arrest. A re-evaluation of his life. An impending marriage. And his first child.With 7-week-old Boomer in the arms of his mother at the CenturyLink Center, Phelps cruised to a victory that meant as much personally as all those triumphs that came before.The most decorated athlete in Olympic history is Rio bound.With everything thats happened and being able to come back, that was probably harder than any swim Ive had in my life, Phelps said. Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me. Getting on this team is what I wanted to do.He wasnt the only one feeling a bit of redemption.Missy Franklin turned in one of the gutsiest performances of her career to earn a spot for Rio in the 200 freestyle. One night after she struggled to seventh in the 100 backstroke -- an event she won four years ago in London -- there was plenty of speculation that shed be hard-pressed to qualify for any individual events at these games.Franklin herself sounded as though shed be happy just getting on the team as a relay swimmer.Turns out, shell be busier than that in Brazil.While Katie Ledecky romped to victory in the 200 free, earning a second individual event at the Olympics, Franklin rallied over the second half of the race to claim the runner-up spot.Franklins coach, Todd Schmitz, pumped his fists and charged down the steps of the arena to congratulate his bubbly swimmer, one of the biggest stars of the London Games.She finally had reason to smile.Last night was really tough and coming back from that, I was telling myself, `Im not done fighting. Im not done with believing in myself, Franklin said. Thats probably the most proud race Ive ever swam in my entire career, coming back from such a loss last night and telling myself that I still have it in me to do whatever I believe I can do.Phelps held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200 fly -- the first event Phelps ever swam at the Olympics, 16 years ago in Sydney.One day before his 31st birthday, Phelps came full circle in the race hes always considered his baby.Phelps touched in 1:54.84 -- far off the world record of 1:51.51 he set at the 2009 world championships while wearing one of the high-tech suits that have since been banned.Theres time to work on his speed between now and Rio.For now, Phelps sounds like an Olympic rookie talking about the thrill of going back to the Olympics, where hell get a chance to add to the already staggering amount of hardware hes accumulated at the last four Summer Games: 18 golds and 22 medals overall.He also joined a pretty exclusive group with Dara Torres, who made five Olympics on the female side.I just said, `Welcome to the club, the now-retired Torres said. Just to see his emotions and how excited he was and relieved, it was really nice to see.Going along for the ride this time is Boomer, who wore noise-canceling headphones adorned with American flags so he wouldnt be startled by the huge roar that went up when his daddy touched the wall first.After the award ceremony, Phelps ran around the deck to find his fiance, Nicole Johnson, and their child. They all embraced at the edge of the stands, Phelps leaning in to kiss their boy while Nicole pulled the swimmers head close to her.Phelps couldnt help but reflect on his stumbles since London, most notably another DUI arrest in 2014 that prompted him to take a whole new look at his life. He reconnected with his long-estranged father, gave up alcohol and committed himself to closing his career with a flourish.He had retired after London, but changed his mind.This time, Phelps insists, it really will be his final Olympics.He can share this with his son one day, said Torres, who competed at the Olympics after becoming a mother. It makes the Olympic experience a little bit different when you have a child.Ledecky added the 200 free to her rapidly growing Olympic schedule, winning comfortably with a time of 1:54.88. She already won the 400 free and still has two more events to go in Omaha.But all eyes were on Franklin, who touched in 1:56.18 to edge out Leah Smith by just under a half-second. Allison Schmitt, the defending gold medalist, settled for fourth but that will at least be good enough to get another London star on the team as a relay swimmer.Ledecky and Franklin embraced on deck after climbing out of the pool.Shes one tough cookie, Ledecky said. 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After that, theyll play in the quarterfinals.If the United States returns to the podium, the Keystone State will have played a major role. The top American standouts at this years games -- forward Katie Bam (Blue Bell) and goalie Jackie Briggs (Robesonia) -- are from there.To a large degree, its self-fulfilling, USA field hockey executive director Simon Hoskins said. The elite players become elite coaches in that area, and they help develop the next generation of athletes. Its been a virtuous cycle of ever-improving hockey, and now were at this level that -- we can compete with anyone. Were world-beaters right now, which is great to see.Other players on the roster from Pennsylvania are Ali Campbell (Gilbertsville), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville), Alyssa Manley (Lititz), sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie), Paige Selenski (Shavertown), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic) and Jill Witmer (Lancaster). All are from the eastern third of the state.Pennsylvanias success prompted the national program to move its headquarters to Lancaster in 2013. U.S. coach Craig Parnham said the training site was moveed from Chula Vista, California, so the players could train together and build camaraderie while being close to family and friends.dddddddddddd The facility, about a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia, is appropriately named the Home of Hockey.Pennsylvania has the infrastructure to help young players develop -- Bam said she had a stick in her hands when she was 3 and began playing at 7. The Pennsylvania group grew up in the culture, which has only become stronger as it has blossomed together.I think the competition when youre growing up breeds it, Falgowski said. I think always playing at a high level against good competition -- a lot of us grew up playing against each other. I think 10, 20 years of doing that together really raises the bar, and the competitive spirit within us really wants to challenge each other and play as best we can.Pennsylvania is so heavily represented at the games, in part, because the sport hasnt caught on to the same degree beyond the east coast.That could change in the future. Hoskins said USA Field Hockey has grown from a 15,000-member organization to 25,000 in the past five years, with most of the growth in places such as Chicago, St. Louis and Houston and parts of California and Colorado.Our mission is to serve our members, grow the game and compete internationally, he said. By succeeding internationally, by performing in the Olympic Games, by exposing our beautiful sport to more people across America, we would love it to grow, and make it a great way to inspire young female and male athletes to play our game.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP ' ' '

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