Five Swimmers Over 30 Who Could Challenge for an Olympic Spot in 2012

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The 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming trials are coming closer by the day and athletes are starting to amp up their preparations. There are five swimmers competing who have a good chance of making the London Olympic team that are each over the age of 30. This is a rare feat in the sport of swimming.

Brendan Hansen

I think Hansen stands the best chance out of anyone on this list to earn a spot in London. It may actually be an upset if he doesn't make the team. Hansen has swum good times in both the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes and should be amongst the top finishers in each race. It may be difficult for him to challenge Kosuke Kitajima and others for Olympic gold, but I think Hansen stands a very good shot to be there in London for the U.S. team.

Amanda Beard

Beard first competed in the 1996 Olympic Games and has had great success throughout her Olympic career. Her best chance to make the team in 2012 is likely in the 200 meter breaststroke. It would be a major upset if Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy are not the top two in the 100 meter distance, which makes it difficult for Beard to earn a spot. The 200 meter race is more open and should present a good opportunity for Beard to make the team.

Dara Torres

Torres may stand a great chance still at the age of 45. Torres was one of the biggest stories of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when she raced at age 41. Racing in the 50 meter sprint, Torres could once again stand a very good chance to make the Olympic team. In such a short race, anything can happen and Torres would be an amazing story if she could make another Olympic team.

Ed Moses

Moses will be 32 at the Olympic trials and has seen mixed success in his comeback to the sport. He's racing against a crowded breaststroke field and may have to defeat Hansen to qualify for the Olympic team. Moses is a good competitor and was once one of the top breaststroke swimmers in the world. It'll be difficult for him to make the team but is certainly a possibility.

Janet Evans

Evans remains a longshot to make the team but will be there in Omaha trying to secure a spot. Unlike Torres, Evans will be racing longer distance events against much younger competition. She may stand the toughest challenge out of anyone on this list.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and grew up both competing and coaching in the sport of swimming.

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