PHOENIX, Arizona, July 13. On the last day of the U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Phelps dropped the 200 freestyle to put full focus on the 400 freestyle relay. Phelps would have swum his leg of the relay after doing a prelim and semifinal swim in the 200 freestyle that day, and he and Bob Bowman were convinced Phelps could not recover well enough to do what needed to be done in the relay to win gold. Do you think Phelps made a good decision to drop the 200 free? Go to swimmingworldmagazine.com/poll now and place your vote. We'll bring you the results on next Friday's show.
For three weeks we've been asking you about the non-swimming aquatic events at the Olympics that you're most excited to watch. The voting came down to just two of the three other aquatic disciplines, with diving earning the most votes, 53.62 percent over water polo, which received 36.23 percent. Synchronized swimming was third with 10.14 percent. And thanks to NBC, Americans will be able to watch all aquatic sports at the Olympics on the Internet or on television, a first for the United States, though Europe has been doing this for the most part since the 2000 Olympics.