OMAHA, Neb. - Renny Richmond will be in one of the seeded men's 100-meter butterfly preliminary heats during the U.S. Olympic trials today.
The 17-year-old Seabury Hall senior-to-be has the 30th-fastest seed time, 53.88 seconds. The swimmer with the top seed time in his heat is Tim Phillips (51.69), an NCAA All-American heading into his senior year at Ohio State. Their heat is the 11th of 13.
Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals at the Beijing Games, has the best seed time, 50.65, and will swim in the final heat. Ryan Lochte, who defeated Phelps in the 400 individual medley earlier in the trials, is in the 12th heat.
RENNY RICHMOND, seeded in 100-meter butterfly heat
The second-fastest seed time belongs to Tyler McGill (51.26). Lochte (52.32) is fifth. Heats were set Friday.
The field has 125 swimmers - the top 16 will advance to the semifinals later today. The eight-man final is Sunday.
Seabury graduate Randall Tom is in the 10th heat. Chase Bloch, a former Maui youth swimmer who now lives in California, is in the seventh.
Also on Friday, Phelps and Lochte advanced through the 200 IM semifinals, and Lochte also reached the 200 backstroke finals. Lochte had the day's best time in each event - 1:55.73 in the back, and 1:55.51 in the medley. Phelps' medley time was 1:56.66.
"I knew he kind of took off, so I was like, 'I probably should save something for tomorrow,' " said Phelps, who owns 16 total Olympic medals - 14 of them gold. "I kind of shut it down once the race was kind of over."
In a major upset, Scott Weltz won the men's 200 breaststroke and Clark Burckle took second, leaving favorites Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau out of the event for London.
Hansen and Shanteau had already qualified for the team in the 100 breaststroke, but the 200 is an event Hansen has in the past been a favorite in and is thought to be the better event for Shanteau.
"I think you guys are as surprised as I am," Hansen said. "I can't believe Eric and I are not swimming the 200."
In the men's 100 freestyle final, Nathan Adrian won in 48.10, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. Cullen Jones claimed the second spot for London, finishing in 48.46.
In the night's other final, Cammile Adams pulled away to win the women's 200 fly.