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OMAHA, Neb. . -- In a U.S. Olympic swim trials that have yet to see a world record, Katie Ledecky on Friday morning said that may be about to change.Ledecky cruised in her preliminary heat of the 800-meter freestyle, focusing mostly on using her arms but still finishing in a time of 8 minutes, 10.91 seconds, the third-fastest time in history and an Olympic trials record. She now owns all of the top 10 times in the events history.I took it pretty easy, Ledecky said. I thought it was going to say 8:20. But it felt really easy -- that bodes well for tomorrow.Ledecky will swim in the 800 free final on Saturday night, when she takes aim at the 8:06.68 world record she set in January at a grand prix meet in Austin. But first she will swim in the 100-meter freestyle final on Friday night. She is seeded sixth.To help prepare for that race, around the 550 mark of Friday mornings 800 free Ledecky said she spontaneously decided to push her pace and essentially practice for the 100. Considered already one of the greatest distance freestylers of all time, Ledecky has set the challenging goal for herself of trying to finish in the top four of the sprint-dominated 100 free in hopes of earning a spot on the 4X100 free relay in Rio.She finished third in her semifinal heat on Thursday night.I just want to get in and race, she said. I think I can be up there. Just need to get my hand on the wall as fast as I can.Waiting for Ledecky after her 800 free prelim Friday morning was Janet Evans, who held the world record in the event from 1992-2008. Evans hugged Ledecky after the race and told her great job.Ledecky planned to eat, nap, then eat some more in preparation for Friday nights 100 free final.This is a little different, she said. I dont think Ive done this before. An 800 free prelim and then a big time 100 free final? It will be fun.USA Swimmings other big stars were in the water Friday morning as well, with Michael Phelps finishing sixth (:51.87) and Ryan Lochte ninth (:52.66) in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter butterfly. Missy Franklin had the top preliminary time in the 200-meter backstroke, her best event, 2:09.69. Franklin led her heat from beginning to end.Earlier this week Franklin failed to finish in the top two and make the team in the 100-meter backstroke, the event in which she won gold in London. She later finished second in the 200 free to punch her ticket to Rio. She failed to make the final for Friday nights 100 free.Its been hard to call on my speed this week but my endurance has felt awesome, she said. A little bit of a blessing that I didnt make that 100 free final. Being able to come to this next day-and-a-half with just this focus. [The 200 back] is my favorite race. Glad its finally here.Ledecky has already made the team in the 400- and 200-meter freestyle events. And Phelps qualified for his fifth Olympics when he won the 200-meter butterfly final on Wednesday night.Lochte, who will turn 32 two days before the Opening Ceremonies in Rio, has battled a groin pull this week that he suffered in the breaststroke leg of the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday. His best chance to make the team in an individual event will come Friday night, when he squares off with his longtime rival Phelps in the final of the 200-meter individual medley. Lochte has never beaten Phelps in the event at Olympic trials or the games, but is the current world record holder in the event. He will enter the final with the top time after swimming a 1:56.71 in semifinals.Both swimmers will also have the semis for the 100 fly on Friday night. Lochte said he would talk to his coach David Marsh about the possibility of scratching the event. Phelps is expecting to remain in the event.The 100 fly is my off event. Its a fun event, Lochte said. Im not expecting too much out of it. Just going up there and racing. . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. . LOUIS -- The New Orleans Saints looked like a team playing out the string. GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Desperate to improve Floridas free-throw shooting last season, coach Mike White tried a little bit of everything.He tweaked some of his players mechanics. He increased repetitions in practice. He had guys shoot while tired, winded and with some team accountability at stake. He even considered bringing in a sports psychologist.I didnt want it to become more mental than it already was, White said Tuesday.So he waited until the offseason.Thats when White brought in renowned sports psychologist Spencer Wood to work with the Gators this summer.If you can train your mind, use different methods to understand how to stay in that place -- whatever that place is for you or whatever that trigger word is for you -- or get you back into that place of calm, or confident, those type things, I think it can help you with the rest of your game as well, said White, whos in his second season in Gainesville.So far, its made a noticeable difference for Florida (2-0), which plays St. Bonaventure (1-0) in Lakeland on Thursday night.After ranking 323rd (out of 346 NCAA teams) from the foul line last season, shooting a meager 64.7 percent, Florida is up to 78.6 percent from there this season. Two games are hardly enough of a sample size to make White a believer, but he wants to think there is improvement.You hope that moving forward we can be in the same mindset, White said. Im not sure its fixed. I dont want to sit here and think were a great free-throwing shooting team. But what weve seen the first two games is what weve been in practice. You want that to continue, of course. Our guys are in a pretty good place.White said feedback was positive, especially from center John Egbunu, point guard Kasey Hill and forward Justin Leon. Egbunu (53.2 percent), Hill (53.8) and Leon (46.2) were among Floridas worst foul shooters last season. All three are above 70 percent through two gammes. Leon said Wood worked with players to find their hype meter on a scale of 1 to 10, telling them they needed to play defense at a more frantic pace than offense, especially at the line.He gave me a lot of different breathing patterns, Leon added. So thats really been working for me. ... Its good to see it impact the game. That means the stuff weve been doing is working and it shows weve taken to the time to put the effort in the gym.Woods resume includes a number of college and professional teams. He even worked with the Gators previously, getting invited by former Florida coach Billy Donovan before the 2010 season and helping that team deal with the psychological aspects of trying to get back to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence. The Gators, led by Chandler Parsons, Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, returned to the tournament.White blamed free-throw shooting for his team missing the NCAA Tournament last season. The Gators blew several leads, failing to put teams away late from the line, and had double-digit misses in 10 games.The Gators look considerably more confident this season. If not for newcomer Canyon Barry missing three of his first four underhanded free throws in the opener because of nerves, the Gators would have shot at least 80 percent from the charity stripe in both games.Very nice, very nice, White said. Knock on wood we continue shooting it this way. We have in practice. We just hope we continue to see that carry over. You can see it their body languages, a little more confident at the foul line. ... Its a big factor for us. It kept up out of the NCAA Tournament last year, single-handily, and hopefully this year we continue shooting like this.---More AP college basketball: Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball JerseysWholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys CanadaWholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '