Hurting Lochte advances to finals in 200 freestyle

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One night after stunningly missing out on an Olympic berth in the 400 individual medley, an ailing Ryan Lochte swam two more grueling races to qualify for the final of the 200 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Shaking off the pain of a groin injury, Lochte got through the morning preliminaries and posted the fifth-fastest time in the evening semifinals with a 1:47.58. But

Lochte has his work cut out for him to earn an Olympic berth in Tuesday’s final, and he’s admittedly having trouble with his kicks and turns. He was passed by both Conor Dwyer and Clark Smith on the final lap of their semifinal heat.

Several other Florida swimmers also advanced out of semifinal heats in their events.

Ryan Murphy of Jacksonville won his heat in the 100-meter backstroke in 52.28 seconds.

Melanie Margalis of Clearwater advanced in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:07.49, finishing fourth in her heat.

Clary Smiddy of Miami finished third and touched in 1:00.29 in her semi in the 100-meter backstroke.

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