COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The media credential application for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials - Swimming in Omaha, Neb., June 25 - July 2, is now available online. The competition will feature top swimmers in the country as they compete to secure a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

On the heels of USA Swimming's most successful four years in history, we anticipate a highly-competitive Olympic Trials in 2012 and are thrilled to be back at the CenturyLink Center Omaha for the second time. With a deep field of swimmers competing for roster spots, the 2012 Trials are bound to feature some of the most competitive races in the history of the sport.

As in 2008, USA Swimming will begin holding press conferences two days before Trials begin (June 23). Please be sure to consider the dates of the pre-meet press conferences when booking your travel and accommodations. Press conferences will be held on both June 23 and 24.

For press accreditation consideration, please complete the online application no later than Friday, May 25. Once your application is received at USA Swimming, we will send an email notifying you that we have your credential request. Confirmations will be sent on Friday, June 1, 2012. We also ask that you include a digital photo with your online application. Photos are required for credentials.

Credential Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2012
Credential Confirmations Sent: Friday, June 1, 2012
Event Dates: June 25 - July 2, 2012

USA Swimming has a limited number of media rooms available at two hotels in Omaha. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to request a media room, please contact Karen Linhart at 719.866.3588.

Click here for the online credential application

A Few Reasons Not to Miss the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming

Phelps' Growing Medal Count

Michael Phelps will look to make his fourth Olympic team at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Phelps made history in 2008 when he won gold in eight events, becoming the most decorated athlete in a single Olympiad. Overall, Phelps has 16 Olympic medals and the record of career medals at 18, Phelps has a chance to become the most decorated Olympian ever this summer.

Lochte vs. Phelps

There is no powerhouse clash quite like the competition between Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. At the 2011 FINA World Championships, the two went head-to-head in the 200m IM and 200m free, with Lochte coming out the victor in both events. Phelps was the Olympic champion in both events in 2008 and will be undoubtedly looking to come out on top again this summer. Can he do it? One thing is for sure, the competition is sure to be fierce in Omaha.

Comebacks in the Pool

Some athletes withstand the test of time and there is no shortages of comebacks set for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Look for Dara Torres, Anthony Ervin, Brendan Hansen, Janet Evans, and Ed Moses to give it their best shot as they all vie for a spot for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Hansen's Shot at Redemption

Brendan Hansen is a comeback story for the ages. This two-time Olympian made headlines in 2011 for returning to swimming and winning the gold in the 100m and 200m breast at the ConocoPhillips National Championships and the AT&T Winter Nationals. While he is no stranger to Olympic medals, 2012 could mark the year for Hansen's first individual gold.

Records are Made to be Broken

In 2008, swimmers at Olympic Trials set the bar pretty high. In that meet alone, American swimmers broke nine world records, 21 American records, and 17 U.S. Open records. With many of the same athletes returning to the pool in 2012, we wonder how many records could be broken in Omaha this year.

Can the "Golden Girl" Do it Again?

It is no secret that Golden Girl Natalie Coughlin has definitely earned her nickname. This hardcore athlete has 11 Olympic medals, including three that are gold. This summer, Natalie will compete for not only a coveted spot on Team USA, but a chance to be the most decorated American female swimmer in Olympic history. How's that for golden?

The New Girls

There are some fantastic female swimmers splashing onto the Olympic scene this summer in Omaha. Be on the lookout for...

  • Elizabeth Beisel who captured gold in the 400m IM at the 2011 FINA World Championships
  • World champion in the 200m fly, Dana Vollmer. The 2004 Olympian missed the team in 2008 but is looking to earn a spot on the roster this summer.
  • 2011 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series champion and winner of five medals at the 2011 FINA World Championships, Missy Franklin

A Modern Marvel

Myrtha Pools returns in 2012 with two indoor pools for the Olympic Trails. These pools carry an impressive two million gallons of water and use over two miles of pipe. After the 2008 Olympic Trials, Myrtha Pools had 38 world records set in their pools and that number will surely grow this summer in Omaha.

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States, USA Swimming formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information and selects athletes to represent the United States in international competition. USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members nationwide and sanctions more than 7,000 events each year. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.