Olympic Swimming Trials 2012: Natalie Coughlin Could Miss Team

Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Nathan Adrian are among the swimmers competing in the 2012 Swimming Olympic Trials.

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2012 Olympic Trials, Swimming Results: Natalie Coughlin In Danger Of Missing London

Could Natalie Coughlin be left off of the 2012 Olympic Team? She's one race away from being potentially left out of the pack.

Coughlin is now in danger of missing her first Olympics after she finished third and missed qualification from her signature event, the 100 meter backstroke. Coughlin has won the 100 meter backstroke in the Olympics in both Athens and Beijing, and her elimination puts her in pretty dire straits. Coughlin has one event left (the 100 meter freestyle).

The good news is one Cal swimmer did end up making it in the event in Rachel Bootsma, who finished second in the event behind Missy Franklin. Both Cal swimmers Caitlin Leverenz and Elizabeth Pelton won their semifinals to set up a showdown in the 200 meter IM finals. Neither Cal men's swimmers Tom Shields nor Will Hamilton were able to qualify for the 200 meter semifinals.

In other results, Michael Phelps edged out Ryan Lochte in their second final together in the 200 meter freestyle, and Matt Grevers beat out Nick Thoman in the 100 meter backstroke.

Talk about Coughlin and other Cal swimmers at the California Golden Blogs.

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Olympic Swimming Trials 2012: Natalie Coughlin To Duel With Missy Franklin In 100 Meter Backstroke

Natalie Coughlin has struggled early in her Olympic trials. She'll have to turn it around soon if she expects to qualify in her signature event tonight, the 100 meter backstroke. The young phenom Missy Franklin figures to be her primary contender, and probably the favorite after her solid start.

Coughlin only managed the seventh best time in the semifinals, just putting her into the final group. The good news is Coughlin had two swims the same night (she finished seventh in the 100 meter butterfly), so she might have just been tired. But she has a stiff fight from Franklin and other youngsters like fellow Cal swimmer Rachel Bootsma.

As for other Cal swimmers, Jessica Hardy will be a contender in the 100 breaststroke semifinals, Dana Vollmer should be in the mix in the 200 meter freestyle, Elizabeth Pelton is in both the 100 meter backstroke and 200 meter IM mix, Caitlin Leverenz should be one of the favorites in the 200 IM, and Tom Shields and Will Hamilton are in the 200 meter butterfly semifinals.

Talk about Coughlin and other Cal swimmers at the California Golden Blogs.

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2012 Olympics Swimming Trials: Dana Vollmer, Ryan Lochte Continue Swimming Dominance

The 2012 Olympics Swimming Trials are underway in Omaha and we've seen two great days of action in the pull thus far. The Bay Area has numerous ties to those hoping to clinch a spot on Team USA, including Dana Vollmer, who did her collegiate swimming with the Cal Bears.

Vollmer won the women's 100-meter butterfly on Tuesday night, clinching a spot in London. Allison Schmitt also earned a spot on Team USA after winning the 400m freestyle.

In what was a key matchup in the semifinals, Ryan Lochte just barely edged out Michael Phelps in the men's 200m freestyle. Lochte won the race in 1:45.25, while Phelps finished in second place at 1:45.27. That's awfully close, and we're only going to get to see these two elite swimmers go at it in the coming months.

Brendan Hanson qualified for his third Olympics Swimming Team by winning the men's 100m breaststroke.

The 2012 Trials will continue on Wednesday.

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Olympic Trials 2012, Swimming: Watch Online Stream

We move onto Day 2 of Olympic Trials coverage from Omaha, Nebraska. Which swimmers will be able to move on and earn a bid to London?

You can watch the online stream if you're subscribed to cable TV coverage. If your cable or satellite provider has NBC or MSNBC, you should be able to sign up and watch Olympic coverage. This is useful because the finals of the events are tape-delayed on the West Coast until 8 PM PT. If you are eligible for online coverage, you'll be able to watch it online live at 5 PM PT if you have the right provider.

There will be the finals and semifinals of multiple events. You can watch the semis in the women's 100 meter freestyle, the men's 200 meter backstroke, the women's 200 meter breaststroke, and the men's 200 meter IM. There will also be three finals in the men's 200 meter breaststroke, the men's 100 meter freestyle, and the women's 200 meter butterfly.

For lots more information regarding the 2012 Summer Games, please visit SB Nation's dedicated Olympics hub.

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