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London Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin Qualify For Women's 200m Freestyle Final

UGA's Allison Schmitt took second in the first qualifying heat and second overall, turning in a time of 1:56.15 for Team USA. Her teammate Missy Franklin finished eighth of 16 semifinalists in the two heats of the day at 1:57.57, just .19 seconds ahead of Melani Costa-Schmid of Spain.

As SB Nation's Andy Hutchins put it, Franklin "got into the women's 200m freestyle final on Monday by the skin of her teeth."

The U.S. Olympic team tied China for the medal count lead with its swimming on Monday, but there was Ryan Lochte's disappointing showing in the 200m freestyle where he finished fourth in a race he was expected to win.

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