Swimming is going to be a prime-time fixture at the 2012 Olympics, thanks in large part to Michael Phelps. But he certainly is not the only compelling reason that these aquatics showdowns have turned into must-see events.
The American swim team is loaded with talent and storylines. It is a fascinating mixture of fresh-faced youngsters and well-traveled veterans.
Some of these competitors are going for records, and some have succeeded by simply making the team. Here are six of the more intriguing athletes that will hit the pool for the U.S..