on was Michael Andrew, a 17-year-old who has already turned pro. He finished third in Phelps heat and ninth overall.Lochte is a

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Longtime rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps set up their lone showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials by qualifying first and second in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday.Lochte had the top time of 1 minute, 58.05 seconds in the preliminaries. He emerged from the pool limping as a result of the groin injury he suffered Sunday on the first day of trials. It has hampered his performances throughout the week. He has been getting treatment and tweaking the way he swims to compensate.I felt it on the first kick of breaststroke, Lochte said. Ive just got to get a massage, rub it out and hopefully Ill be better.Phelps was second fastest in 1:58.95 on his 31st birthday. His 7-week-old son, Boomer, sat on his mothers lap in the stands during his heat.I feel older, he said. My muscles arent the same. They hurt a lot worse this morning.Lochte and Phelps advanced to the 16-man evening semifinals, along with Austin Surhoff, the son of former major league baseball player B.J. Surhoff. He was fifth fastest in 2:00.26. Also moving on was Michael Andrew, a 17-year-old who has already turned pro. He finished third in Phelps heat and ninth overall.Lochte is already on the team as a relay swimmer based on his fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle. He wants to swim an individual event in Rio, and the 200 IM represents his last -- and best -- chance after he was third in the 400 IM, one spot out of a berth.The 31-year-old dropped out of the 200 backstroke on Thursday to focus on the 200 IM.It was kind of hard watching it just because I love that event, but I did whats best for me, Lochte said.Phelps made his record fifth Olympic team by winning the 200 butterfly Wednesday.I didnt really sleep last night. I was wide awake at like 5 (a.m.), he said. I knew (coach) Bob (Bowman) was awake, so I started firing texts off to him, asking him questions. He pretty much just said, `Shut up and get ready for this morning, so I went back to sleep for a few hours.Four years ago in London, Phelps won gold and Lochte took silver in the 200 IM. Lochte won the event at last years world championships in Russia, where Phelps couldnt compete while serving a suspension from USA Swimming after his second drunken driving arrest.In other preliminaries, Jacob Pebley and defending Olympic champion Tyler Cla

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