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Olympic Swimming TV Schedule: When to Watch Top US Stars in the Pool

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 31, 2012

Olympic Swimming TV Schedule: When to Watch Top US Stars in the Pool

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    We haven't seen the same dominance from the United States swimming team in the 2012 London Olympics that we did in 2008 in Beijing, but we've seen great performances nonetheless.

    Michael Phelps is just two medals away from becoming the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

    Ryan Lochte is doing his best to solidify himself as the heir apparent to the throne atop American swimming.

    Missy Franklin burst onto the scene with a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke.

    Dana Vollmer set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly and won the gold medal, her first since helping the Americans place first in Athens in the 4x200 freestyle.

    The inspiring stories don't end there, and you don't want to miss any of the action.

    Television listings can be found here on NBColympics.com. You can also watch replays and live streams of the action here.

    Read on for more (all times are Eastern and all tabled times are final events).

Tuesday, July 31

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    Time Event
    2:41 p.m. Women's 200-meter Freestyle
    2:48 p.m. Men's 200-meter Butterfly
    3:39 p.m. Women's 200-meter IM
    3:46 p.m. Men's 4x200-meter Freestyle

    Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt open up Tuesday's competition for the United States swim team. They will race in the 200-meter freestyle, with Schmitt having the clear advantage in lane five. The 17-year-old Franklin is in the eighth lane after posting the slowest qualifying time.

    Michael Phelps and his teammate who criticized him, Tyler Clary, will go for gold in the 200-meter butterfly final. Phelps posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time and will be looking for his record-tying 17th medal.

    Ariana Kukors and Caitlyn Leverenz will be two of the eight women competing for gold in the 200-meter individual medley. Neither one has an Olympic medal to their credit.

    Make sure you don't miss Phelps, Ryan Lochte and their teammates do their best to obliterate the competition in the relay on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 1

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    Time Event
    2:30 p.m. Men's 200-meter Breaststroke
    3:09 p.m. Women's 200-meter Butterfly
    3:16 p.m. Men's 100-meter Freestyle
    3:59 p.m. Women's 4x200-meter Freestyle

    The field for the men's 200-meter breaststroke has yet to be decided, but Americans Clark Burckle and Scott Weltz are vying for spots.

    Cammile Adams and Kathleen Hersey will look to advance to the butterfly final on Wednesday with impressive showings in Tuesday's heats.

    Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones are both looking for places in Wednesday's 100-meter freestyle final, but that may be tough to pull off given the quality of competition.

    The US women posted the best 4x200 freestyle time in qualifying, and should have no problem finding their way to the podium.

Thursday, August 2

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    Time Event
    2:39 p.m. Women's 200-meter Breaststroke
    2:46 p.m. Men's 200-meter Backstroke
    3:15 p.m. Men's 200-meter IM 
    3:31 p.m.  Women's 100-meter Freestyle

    Rebecca Soni was the only woman to break the 2:22 mark in qualifying. The best at her craft will swim alongside Micah Lawrence in her journey to the gold medal.

    Ryan Lochte posted the best time by far in the backstroke qualifying (1:52.96). He'll be joined by Tyler Clary in qualifying. Lochte has been a bit disappointing in these Olympics, but he should be able to finish on the podium in this event.

    We may be looking at a Phelps-Lochte matchup in the 200-meter IM if the two can qualify. Hopefully that happens, as their rivalry is good for the sport and the Olympics as a whole.

    Missy Franklin will go for another gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, but she'll have to get to the final first. That's not a foregone conclusion, as she'll have to improve upon her qualifying time.

Friday, August 3

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    Time Event
    2:30 p.m. Women's 200-meter Backstroke
    2:37 p.m. Men's 100-meter Butterfly
    2:43 p.m. Women's 800-meter Freestyle
    3:06 p.m. Men's 50-meter Freestyle

    Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel look to add to the medal count. They'll need to get through Thursday's qualifying to reach the final.

    Tyler McGill and Michael Phelps will be competing in the opening heats of the 100-meter butterfly on Thursday and hope to move on to the final on Friday.

    Katie Ledecky and Kate Ziegler swim in qualifying heats on Thursday and will have to beat 34 other swimmers to get to Friday's finals.

    Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin posted two of the fastest times in the qualifiers in the 50-meter freestyle. They'll be hoping to match that performance in Friday's final if they get there.

Saturday, August 4

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    Time Event
    2:30 p.m. Women's 50-meter Freestyle 
    2:36 p.m. Men's 1500-meter Freestyle
    3:07 p.m. Women's 4x100-meter Medley
    3:25 p.m. Men's 4x100-meter Medley

    The field vying for a spot in the women's 50-meter freestyle is incredibly large. Jessica Hardy and Kara Lynn Joyce are the two Americans looking to sneak in.

    Connor Jaeger and Andrew Gemmell are the only to United States swimmers who are looking to qualify for the men's 1500-meter freestyle. The qualifying heats begin on Friday.

    The American women put up the best time in the 4x100 medley and will qualify for Saturday's final easily.

    Their male counterparts did exactly the same thing in qualifying. On Friday, they will look to secure a spot in Saturday's final.

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