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U.S. swim team qualifiers for 2019 World Championships

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U.S. pool qualifiers for the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in July. Swimmers qualified via best times from finals between 2018 Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships, but the official roster has not been named yet … 

Women
Kathleen Baker — 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM
Mallory Comerford — 100 free
Kelsi Dahlia — 50 fly, 100 fly
Gabby DeLoof — 4×200 free
Katie Drabot — 200 fly
Hali Flickinger — 200 fly
Brooke Forde — 400 IM
Margo Geer — 4×100 free
Lilly King — 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast
Katie Ledecky — 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free
Simone Manuel — 50 free, 100 free, 4×200 free
Melanie Margalis — 200 IM, 4×200 free
Ally McHugh — 400 IM
Katie McLaughlin — 100 fly
Katie Meili — 100 breast (declined spot to focus on law school)
Lia Neal — 4×100 free
Allison Schmitt — 200 free
Leah Smith — 400 free, 800 free, 4×200 free
Regan Smith — 200 back
Olivia Smoliga — 50 back, 100 back
Micah Sumrall — 100 breast, 200 breast
Ashley Twichell — 1500 free
Abbey Weitzeil — 50 free, 4×100 free

Men
Michael Andrew — 50 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 50 fly
Nathan Adrian — 4×100 free
Zach Apple — 4×100 free, 4×200 free
Michael Chadwick — 4×100 free
Jack Conger — 100 fly
Abrahm Devine — 200 IM
Caeleb Dressel — 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly
Conor Dwyer — 4×200 free (no longer on the roster as of May 2019)
Matt Grevers — 100 back
Zane Grothe — 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free
Townley Haas — 200 free
Zach Harting — 200 fly
Chase Kalisz — 200 IM, 400 IM
Jack Levant — 4×200 free
Jay Litherland — 400 IM
Ryan Murphy — 50 back, 100 back, 200 back
Jacob Pebley — 200 back
Blake Pieroni — 100 free, 4×200 free
Josh Prenot — 200 breast
Andrew Seliskar — 200 free
Grant Shoults — 400 free
Jordan Wilimovsky — 800 free, 1500 free
Andrew Wilson — 100 breast, 200 breast
Justin Wright — 200 fly

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Simone Biles, her name sparkling, extends 6-year win streak

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Simone Biles has long stood out for her gymnastics, but on Saturday she competed with her last name sparkling in silver beads on her World Champions Centre leotard for the first time. The gym’s other athletes had “WCC” on the back.

Biles lived up to the billing, extending her six-year win streak to 19 straight all-arounds, capturing the U.S. Classic, a tune-up for next month’s U.S. Championships.

Biles, the four-time Rio Olympic champion, scored 60 points in Louisville at the meet where she made her comeback last year after nearly two years off from competition. She prevailed by a comfortable 2.1 points over Riley McCusker, her largest margin of victory of her four U.S. Classic titles.

“I’m very satisfied,” she said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “I’m a little sad that I went out of bounds on floor [exercise], but overall I feel like there are improvements to be made.”

Full results are here.

Biles is prepping for nationals in Kansas City in three weeks, when she eyes a sixth U.S. all-around title to tie Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s.

Then come the world championships in October in Stuttgart, Germany. Biles could win a fifth all-around to move one shy of Kohei Uchimura‘s record.

The world’s other top gymnasts may be her countrywomen.

Biles was outscored on balance beam on Saturday by 2018 World teammates Kara Eaker and McCusker and beaten on uneven bars by 2017 World all-around champion Morgan HurdSunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and McCusker. Biles swept all the gold medals at last year’s nationals.

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Geraint Thomas struggles; Julian Alaphilippe ups Tour de France lead

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LA MONGIE, France (AP) — When the team of Geraint Thomas was in its pomp at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new colors as Ineos — to take cycling’s greatest race by the scruff of the neck and leave everyone else fighting for second place.

Not this year.

Thomas, the defending champion, cracked on Saturday on the Tour’s first encounter with a climb to above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), exposing unprecedented weaknesses in his team that has won six Tours in the past seven years.

The time trial on Friday and the climb up to the legendary Tourmalet pass on Saturday seemed primed for Thomas to reel in Julian Alaphilippe, the yellow jersey-holder from France who is setting the Tour alight with his punchy riding and determination to keep the race lead, filling French fans’ heads with dreams of a first homegrown winner since 1985.

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But instead, Thomas has seen Alaphilippe only get further and further away. In two days, the Frenchman has put 50 seconds of extra daylight between him and the Welshman. His lead — up to 2 minutes, 2 seconds — is becoming large enough to start realistically envisioning Alaphilippe in yellow in Paris next weekend as the first French winner since Bernard Hinault.

Fueling the ecstasy of delirious crowds that lined Saturday’s steep uphill finish, French rider Thibaut Pinot won Stage 14, putting him back in the picture to fight for the podium after he lost mountains of time on Stage 10.

Thomas rightly pointed out that the Tour is far from done, with six more ascents to above 2,000 meters still to come.

But his inability to stay with Pinot, Alaphilippe and other title contenders at the top of the Tourmalet — he was eighth, 36 seconds behind Pinot — was a mini-earthquake for the Tour dominated by his British team since 2012 — with champions Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and, in 2018, Thomas.

“Not the best day. I just didn’t feel quite on it from the start. I was quite weak,” Thomas said.

“At the end I knew I just had to pace it. I didn’t really attempt to follow when they kicked. I just thought I should ride my own pace rather than follow them and blow up on the steepest bit at the end. It’s disappointing. I just tried to limit the damage.”

Having taken cycling to a new level since 2012 with its vast budget and attention to the minutest of details, the team run by David Brailsford has been hit both by misfortune and by the inevitability that, eventually, other teams would start to close the gap.

A horror crash in training for four-time winner Froome, now recovering from career-threatening broken bones, robbed the team of its ace. Thomas’ own preparations were hampered by a crash at the Tour of Switzerland last month.

And Egan Bernal, being groomed by Brailsford to succeed Froome and Thomas, looks increasingly unable to compete for the title this year. Bernal was fifth on the Tourmalet and is fourth overall, 3 minutes behind Alaphilippe.

Pinot, now sixth overall and 3:12 behind Alaphilippe, is showing remarkable grit in bouncing back from his Stage 10 misfortune, when he was part of a group that got separated from other title contenders in crosswinds.

“I have this rage inside me, because in my opinion it was an injustice,” said Pinot, a podium finisher in 2014.

“Since the start of the Tour I had this stage in the back of my mind. The Tourmalet, it’s mythical,” said Pinot, who has three career stage wins at the Tour.

French President Emmanuel Macron, on hand at the top of the Tourmalet to see Pinot win and Alaphilippe extend his lead, gushed about the “two fantastic riders.”

“They attack and they have heart,” Macron said.

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