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Missy Franklin to have lighter load in Rio

By The Sports Xchange
Missy Franklin to have lighter load in Rio
Missy Franklin answers questions after the New York launch of Team Speedo and Speedo's Fastskin LZR Racer X in New York City on December 15, 2015. Olympic champions Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones among other athletes unveil the official Speedo racing suit for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

After winning four gold medals and competing in seven events in the 2012 London Games, Missy Franklin will swim in no more than three this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

Franklin qualified for the 200-meter freestyle Saturday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., and will compete in the 200 backstroke and on the 4x200 freestyle relay Saturday night.

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"It might be really nice to go to an Olympics and really enjoy the experience instead of swimming so much," she said.

Madison Kennedy is aiming to qualify for her first Olympics after posting the top 50-meter freestyle prelims time of 24.52 seconds.

Simone Manuel was second in 24.57, Abbey Weitzel third in 24.58 and Olivia Smoliga fourth in 24.78.

Dana Vollmer, Amanda Weir and Lia Neal advanced to Saturday night's semifinals.

Jessica Hardy, who won the 50 free at the trials in 2012, finished outside the top 16 and did not qualify.

Elizabeth Beisel, a two-time Olympic medalist, broke her left pinky finger after colliding with another swimmer in the training pool. She will continue competing with the finger taped up.

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Beisel was able to qualify in the 400 individual medley and will attempt to qualify in the 200 backstroke Saturday night.

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