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Memphian Stovall Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Team

After recording a personal best in the in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials Tuesday, Memphian Gil Stovall has One last Splash to make the United States Swim Team. 

It comes Wednesday night in the Men's 200 meter Butterfly Finals at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska..

Stovall, who's semifinal time of 1:55.30 qualifies him third for the Finals..

Problem is, only the Top 2 swimmers make it..

He faces monumental competition from Multi-Time Gold Medal Winner Michael Phelps, who recorded a 1:54.02...and Phelps teammate Davis Tarwater of Knoxville..who has a 1:54.7.

Stovall, who prepped at Ridgeway High, and starred for the Memphis Tigers Swim Team as a Teenager...was behind both Phelps and Tarwater until the final turn..that's when he put on a burst as Tarwater fades..

Phelps just misses another world Record to win it in 1:52.20..but Stovall swims in second with a new personal best time of 1:53.86.

Well ahead of Tarwater to gain his first birth on The U.S. Olympic Team.

22-year old Gil Stovall of Memphis, the NCAA Champion, is now heading to Beijing for the Summer Olympic Games.

You can see the Games right here on tv-5 and NBC beginning August 8th.

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