Phelps, Ledecky, Franklin, DiRado advance to Monday’s semis

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Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, both already owners of Rio Olympics gold medals, safely advanced to the semifinals in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle, respectively, after racing in the preliminary heats Monday afternoon.

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Ledecky moves into the 200m freestyle semifinals in first place after racing to one minute, 55.01 seconds; that swim comes about 14 hours after she set the 400m freestyle world record en route to picking up her first individual gold of the Rio Olympics. This afternoon, Ledecky plans on getting her rest.

“I’m gonna take a really long nap, like two hours at least,” Ledecky told Michele Tafoya in a poolside interview.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who also set a world record and won gold Sunday night in the 100m butterfly, advanced into the semifinals in third place with her time of 1:56.11.

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Missy Franklin advanced in 12th place. At the 2012 Olympics, Franklin missed landing on the podium in the 200m freestyle by 0.01 seconds. Also advancing is world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy, who clocked 1:56.37.

Michael Phelps moved into the 200m butterfly semifinal in fifth place, stopping the clock at 1:55.73. After winning his first Rio Olympic gold medal Monday night in the 4x100m freestyle relay – he said it was the fastest 100m freestyle he’d ever swum in his life – Phelps told Tafoya he finally got to bed around 3:00 a.m. local time.

MORE: Phelps delighted to bring 4×100 relay gold back to U.S.

Fellow American Tom Shields finished with a time of 1:56.93 and did not make the semifinals.

Chad le Clos of South Africa, who beat Phelps for gold in this event in 2012, will join Phelps in the same semifinal heat after posting 1:55.75. Another in the hunt for gold is Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, who raced to 1:55.14 and is the 2015 world champion in this event.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, known as the “Iron Lady,” cranked out an Olympic record in the 200m individual medley: 2:07.45. While it was about a second off her world record 2:06.12 from the 2015 World Championships, it was fast enough for her to move into the semifinals with the top time.

Saturday night, Hosszu opened her program with a gold medal-winning, world record 400m IM swim. During Monday night’s session, Hosszu will contest the 100m backstroke final (where she is ranked No. 2 in the field) and the 200m IM semifinal about an hour later.

Also in the 200m IM semifinal will be both Americans in the event, Melanie Margalis and Maya DiRado, in third and fourth place, respectively. DiRado earned the silver medal behind Hosszu in Saturday’s 400m IM, but has already announced that the Rio, where she is making her Olympic debut, will be her last Games.

China’s Ye Shiwen, who swept both medleys at the 2012 Games but had struggled to contend with the world’s best since, advanced to the 200m IM semifinals in seventh place.

Summer McIntosh breaks 400m individual medley world record, extends historic week

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Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh broke her second world record this week, lowering the 400m individual medley mark on Saturday.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old who trains in Sarasota, Florida, clocked 4 minutes, 25.87 seconds at the Canadian Championships in Toronto.

She took down Hungarian Katinka Hosszu‘s world record of 4:26.36 from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Before Saturday, McIntosh had the fourth-fastest time in history of 4:28.61.

“It’s always nice to set world records,” McIntosh said.

On Tuesday, McIntosh broke the 400m freestyle world record, becoming the youngest swimmer to break a world record in an individual Olympic event since Katie Ledecky in 2013.

McIntosh also this week became the fourth-fastest woman in history in the 200m individual medley and the eighth-fastest woman in history in the 200m butterfly.

In each of her four races this week, she also broke the world junior record as the fastest woman in history under the age of 19.

She is entered to swim the 200m free on the meet’s final day on Sunday. She is already the eighth-fastest woman in history in that event.

McIntosh, whose mom swam the 1984 Olympic 200m fly and whose sister competed at last week’s world figure skating championships, placed fourth in the Tokyo Olympic 400m free at age 14.

Last summer, she won the 200m fly and 400m IM at the world championships, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

This summer, she could be at the center of a showdown in the 400m free at the world championships with reigning world champion Ledecky and reigning Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus of Australia. They are the three fastest women in history in the event.

Around age 7, McIntosh transcribed Ledecky quotes and put them on her wall.

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Hilary Knight leads new-look U.S. women’s hockey roster for world championship

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight headlines a U.S. women’s hockey roster for this month’s world championship that lacks some of the biggest names from last year’s Olympic silver-medal team. Changes have been made as the U.S. looks to end losing streaks to Canada, both overall and in major finals.

The full roster is here. Worlds start Wednesday in Brampton, Ontario, and run through the gold-medal game on April 16.

It was already known that the team would be without stalwart forwards Kendall Coyne Schofield, who plans to return to the national team after having her first child this summer, and Brianna Decker, who announced her retirement last month.

Notable cuts include the No. 1 goalies from the last two Olympics: Alex Cavallini, who returned from Christmas childbirth for the tryout camp this past week, and Maddie Rooney, the breakout of the 2018 Olympic champion team.

Cavallini, 31, was bidding to become the first player to make an Olympic or world team after childbirth since Jenny Potter, who played at the Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010 as a mom, plus at several world championships, including less than three months after childbirth in 2007.

Forward Hannah Brandt, who played on the top line at last year’s Olympics with Knight and Coyne Schofield, also didn’t make the team.

In all, 13 of the 25 players on the team are Olympians, including three-time Olympic medalists forward Amanda Kessel and defender Lee Stecklein.

The next generation includes forward Taylor Heise, 23, who led the 2022 World Championship with seven goals and was the 2022 NCAA Player of the Year at Minnesota.

The team includes two teens — 19-year-old defender Haley Winn and 18-year-old forward Tessa Janecke — who were also the only teens at last week’s 46-player tryout camp. Janecke, a Penn State freshman, is set to become the youngest U.S. forward to play at an Olympics or worlds since Brandt in 2012.

Abbey Levy, a 6-foot-1 goalie from Boston College, made her first world team, joining veterans Nicole Hensley and Aerin Frankel.

Last summer, Canada repeated as world champion by beating the U.S. in the final, six months after beating the U.S. in the Olympic final. Canada is on its longest global title streak since winning all five Olympic or world titles between 1999 and 2004.

Also at last summer’s worlds, the 33-year-old Knight broke the career world championship record for points (now up to 89). She also has the most goals in world championship history (53). Knight, already the oldest U.S. Olympic women’s hockey player in history, will become the second-oldest American to play at a worlds after Cammi Granato, who was 34 at her last worlds in 2005.

The Canadians are on a four-game win streak versus the Americans, capping a comeback in their recent seven-game rivalry series from down three games to none. Their 5-0 win in the decider in February was their largest margin of victory over the U.S. since 2005.

Last May, former AHL coach John Wroblewski was named U.S. head coach to succeed Joel Johnson, the Olympic coach.

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