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Without Phelps U.S. swimming a poor draw

Without Phelps U.S. swimming a poor draw

— Last year, as the U.S. Olympic swimming trials drew record crowds in Omaha, the popular refrain was Michael Phelps had created a wave of general interest in the sport that would keep rolling. Last week, as the first U.S. Championships or trials without Phelps since 1998 drew paltry crowds to the Indiana University Natatorium, the sport was back to its same old song, the one that reverberated across vacant seats in an arena with a capacity of just 3,350. "The gift of God, Michael Phelps, that's what he did for us," said USA Swimming chief executive Chuck Wielgus. "He brought people who weren't swimming family people through the door." Without...

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