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Amanda Beard, trying to make her fifth Olympic team at 30, was fifth in 2:27.07.

“It’s exciting, so you want to go out there and put down a good time,” she said. “You don’t want to use too much energy. I just wanted to feel my stroke out, have fun and see what my competition looks like.”

Megan Jendrick, the 2000 Olympic champion in the 100 breast, finished 38th.

Dana Vollmer led the way in the 100 freestyle prelims, with teenager Missy Franklin also advancing.

Vollmer was timed in 54.35 seconds for the two-lap sprint. Allison Schmitt, having one of her best meets ever, was second at 54.49. Vollmer is already on the U.S. team in an individual event, while Schimitt is going for her third individual event, which would tie her with her training partner Phelps for most on the team.

Jessica Hardy, who failed to qualify for the Olympic team in the 100 breaststroke, had the third-fastest time of 54.52. Texas A&M sophomore Breeja Larson upset Soni to win the 100 breast, with Hardy third. Only the top two make the U.S. team for London.

“I never heard of her before. Ever,” Hardy said about Larson. “But good for her. Now she’s the gold-medal favorite.”

Franklin was seventh in 54.78.

“Honestly, you have to go all out,” Franklin said. “In the 100 free, there’s such an incredible amount of people. It’s so hard to make it back. You don’t want to risk anything.”

Franklin has already made her first Olympic team at 17 in the 100 back and 200 free.

“It’s better than I could’ve asked for,” she said. “I’m so excited. I’m still kind of on a high from my 100 back and 200 free. I’m just kind of riding that right now.”

Natalie Coughlin, yet to secure a spot on her third Olympic team, finished ninth at 54.99. She will need to be faster in the evening semifinal to advance to the eight-woman final on Saturday.

Two-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce failed to make the semifinals in 18th, while 2008 Olympian Christine Magnuson tied for 22nd.