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Olympic Swimming 2012: Tyler McGill Will Continue to Show Team USA's Depth

OMAHA, NE - JULY 01:  Tyler McGill celebrates after he competed in the championship final of the Men's 100 m Butterfly during Day Seven of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 1, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 2, 2012

While many may have believed that Team USA was all about Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, swimmers like Tyler Clary and Nathan Adrian have also made their mark. Swimming fans should also be on the lookout for Tyler McGill in the 100 meter butterfly.

The Champaign, IL native has a great shot yet another American male swimmer to capture individual gold in London.

He will swim in the opening heat of his event with hopes of swimming for gold on Friday. But by the time the day is done, the American men could have captured their fourth and fifth individual gold medals.

If Clary beats out Lochte in the 200-meter backstroke and Phelps best him in the 200-meter individual medley, the United States will have four different men with individual swimming gold medals in 2012.

That isn't counting the gold medal the Americans captured in the 4x200 freestyle.

We became accustomed to watching Phelps dominate the podium over the passed two Olympic games, but this time the wealth has been spread.

Much of it can be attributed to Phelps taking a step back, or you could be a glass half-full thinker and say that the others have raised their games.

Either way you look at it, the Americans have tremendous depth in the pool. McGill has already defeated Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Trials, and he was second to Phelps in that race.

Phelps has struggled to knock off his teammates in these games, and that trend could continue here.

McGill will be the only other American in contention and I'm predicting he becomes another golden swimmer for Team USA. Phelps is swimming his last Olympics, but things look good for the future.

 

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