Lane 1 - Baltimore Sun posts "Teen girls can't get enough Michael Phelps. Teenage girls have Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson but apparently they save at least some of their screams for Michael Phelps."
Lane 2 - abc.net posts (w/video) "We've got a good, strong team: Nugent. Australian swimming team head coach Leigh Nugent admits the current Olympic team lacks the firepower of previous squads, but he believes several younger performers will break through for medals at the London games."
Lane 3 - The Herald Sun posts "James Magnussen expected to swim relay heats at London Olympics . A SURPRISE call is being hatched to unleash James Magnussen in the relay heats so Australia's new swimming figurehead can blow out any nerves and mistakes as an Olympics rookie before his full-on shots at gold medal glory."
Lane 4 - WaPo has "U.S. marathon swimmer Alex Meyer relishes competing in the grueling event. The first U.S. swimmer to clinch a berth in the 2012 Olympics, Alex Meyer is heading to London as a teammate of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. But his medal pursuit, as the lone American man to qualify for London’s 10-kilometer marathon swim, will have virtually nothing in common with that of the would-be kings of the pool. Not even water."
Lane 5 - Time posts "Rivalries. One legend. One phenom. Only one winner. It’s hard to miss Ryan Lochte. There he is, shirtless on the cover of Vogue. He’s one of the new faces of Gillette, and he’s featured in Ralph Lauren ads. On TV he’s chugging Gatorade. He’s in demand with media and sponsors alike, but he won’t admit that all this lavish attention is primarily a result of this one fact: he’s the closest thing to a rival that Michael Phelps will have in London."
Lane 6 - NY Times posts "Now at the Pinnacle, an Uneasy Pioneer. Teri McKeever has always been the facilitator. Whether mediating a disagreement among her nine siblings or a roommate squabble on her Cal swim team, she has a way of navigating cliques, calming emotions and resolving problems without playing favorites. McKeever, the first woman to be named head coach of the United States Olympic women’s swim team, cannot explain how she developed this skill."
Lane 7 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Coutts pins relay hopes on previous success. ALICIA Coutts will be hoping her previous form will be good enough to secure her a spot on the 4 x 100metre freestyle relay team on the opening night of Olympic competition after making the decision not to swim the heats of the event."
Lane 8 - WALB posts (w/video) "One in five people urinate while swimming in public pools. ublic pools if not properly cleaned can become a stew of bacteria. It's not so much the pool, but what swimmers do and don't do inside it. The Water Quality and Health Council released a new report that's sure to make a splash. Their survey found one out of five swimmers release their own fluids underwater."