Michael Phelps entered in 5 events at Olympic Trials; Ryan Lochte in 400m IM

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Michael Phelps is entered in five events, and Ryan Lochte is entered in the 400m individual medley, at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials that start Sunday in Omaha.

Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky are entered in four and six events, respectively.

Entry lists were published Wednesday. Swimmers can of course scratch out of events they entered, but they cannot enter events for which they are not named on those lists. The NBC broadcast and daily schedule is here.

Phelps is entered in his three signature individual events — 100m and 200m butterflies and 200m individual medley — and the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Phelps is not believed to have designs on trying to make the Olympic team in the individual 100m or 200m free (by finishing top two in the Trials final). Rather, it’s believed he wants to be included on the 4x100m and 4x200m free relays at a fourth straight Olympics.

Phelps doesn’t have to swim the 100m or 200m free at Trials to be eligible for the relay pools. However, a strong time at Trials (even if in the preliminary heats) would boost his case to be selected for the 4x100m and 4x200m free in Rio, should he make the team individually in any event.

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Lochte is also entered in the Trials 100m free, likely with the same relay-only hopes as Phelps. But the bigger news is that Lochte is entered in the 400m IM, the individual event he won at the London Games.

Lochte has been coy for months about whether he would race the grueling 400m IM at Trials. He hasn’t raced it at a U.S. Nationals or internationally since the London Games.

In fact, Lochte swam it once in an Olympic-sized pool in 2013 and 2014 combined. But he swam it at two domestic meets each in 2015 and 2016, ranking second in the U.S. this year and leading many to predict that he would enter it at the Olympic Trials.

“If you win it at the Olympics, you have to swim it at the next Trials,” Phelps joked in January, alluding to his own late decision to re-add the 400m IM in 2012. Phelps finished second to Lochte in the 400m IM at those Olympic Trials and then a disappointing fourth at the London Games.

Lochte’s events are the 100m and 200m frees, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m and 400m IMs.

Also at these Trials, Franklin is entered in the 100m and 200m backstrokes and 100m and 200m freestyles.

Ledecky is entered in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles and the 400m individual medley, though the 400m IM may be merely a warm-up swim on the first day of competition for the freestyle star.

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