2013LCNationalsRachel Bootsma places third in the prelims of the 100 backstroke.
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PHOENIX, Arizona, July 12. WE had our last poll online for two weeks, asking you to vote on whether USA Swimming should keep the 50s of butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke at the national championships. It looks like an overwhelming majority would love to see the 50s remain after making their debut last month in Indianapolis, with 73.53 percent voting yes and 26.47 percent saying no. No word on whether we'll see those events at the next nationals, but we will let you know if that is true.

Now let's turn our focus to the world championships and what is called the blue ribbon event on the men's side: the 100 freestyle. We've got a great battle for gold shaping up with three people among the favorites to take the gold. Nathan Adrian is the reigning Olympic champion and though he hasn't broken 48 seconds this year, don't count him out. James Magnussen is the reigning world champion and has posted two swims under 48 seconds this year. Vlad Morozov is the rising star and will be a major force in the final. So which of those three do you think will win? Go to swimmingworld.com and vote in the poll on the right side of the page. And if you think it won't be one of those three taking the gold medal, select other. We'll bring you the results of this poll next Friday.