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MOR-Wolfpack Aquatics eighth at UltraSwim

Marlins Of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics swimmers produced 148 points and finished eighth out of more than 200 teams at the May 12-15 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Meet at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, MOR coach Paul Silver said.

The USA Swimming event, with prize money of surpassing $50,000, drew Olympians including Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin.

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All eyes will be on Michael Phelps as he goes for another gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, but the real man to watch in this one might be Phelps’ teammate, Ian Crocker, who holds the world record in the event, 50.40 seconds.

This might be Phelps’ toughest test of the Games. He has the fastest time in the world this year, at 50.89 seconds, and beat Crocker in the Olympic Trials, the 2007 World Championships and the 2004 Olympics in Athens. But all those races were tight.

Could this be Crocker’s moment?

The race is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. EDT Friday, and will be shown live on NBC.

— Mike Persinger

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Swimmer Michael Phelps is seeking a record eight gold medals during these Games, which would surpass the mark of U.S. swimming icon Mark Spitz, who won seven in 1972 at Munich.

But to win eight, Phelps has to win the first one. Live coverage of Phelps in the 400 individual medley — and three other swimming finals — highlights NBC's coverage from 8 p.m. to midnight today.

The 400 IM final is scheduled for 10 p.m. EDT today, which is early Sunday morning in China.

23, shattered his world record in this event in the Olympic Trials, so he's heavily favored in Beijing.

If he wins gold in the 400 IM, he'd pull within two golds of tying the all-time record for most golds in the Olympics, nine, shared by four others: Paavo Nurmi, a Finnish distance runner; Larisa Latynina, a Soviet gymnast; Spitz; and Carl
Lewis, a U.S. track star.

— Mike Persinger

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