Team USA loaded with Charlotte swimmers

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - More swimmers with Charlotte ties are headed to this summer's Olympic games in London.

A 5th SwimMAC Carolina team member, Kara Lynn Joyce, grabbed a ticket Monday night by finishing 2nd in the 50-freestyle event, at Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

SwimMAC trains in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Earlier Monday, Michael Phelps announced he will drop out of the 200-freestyle event, because he'd like to focus more of his time on relays. Phelps will be able to have more rest in between events. Phelps will now race in 7 events, he won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

This has a big impact on Charlotte swimmers. With Phelps out, South Mecklenburg High School graduate Ricky Berens, is in. Berens will race the individual 200-free event for Phelps. SwimMAC Carolina's Davis Tarwater (originally from Knoxville, TN) will replace Phelps in the 4x200 relay.

SwimMAC's Cullen Jones (50 free, 100 free, 4x100 free relay), Nick Thoman (100 back), and Micah Lawrence (200 breast); earned their spots earlier this week.

Fans may attend an open practice on Thursday, July 5 from 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center.

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