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Kate Ziegler, who didn’t make the 800 free final in Beijing, was the top qualifier for Sunday’s final in 8:27.61. Katie Ledecky, a 15-year-old from Bethesda, Md., was second at 8:27.91. Chloe Sutton, who made the Beijing Olympics as an open-water swimmer, was fourth.

Like Evans, the race also marked the end of trials for two-time Olympian Katie Hoff, who won’t be going to London. She finished 13th — five spots out of the final — in 8:39.03. The 22-year-old, who won five events at the trials four years ago, finished 20th in the 200 free prelims, missing a spot in the semifinals by 0.32 seconds. She didn’t advance out of the 400 free prelims after feeling sick from a stomach virus.

“I’m proud of myself for doing it,” said Hoff, who had been unsure on Friday whether she would scratch the event. “Obviously, I wanted to be better, but I took it out and tried to hold on and couldn’t. Somebody told me my career is about not rolling over in adversity. I don’t want to be that girl. I gave it my best shot and that’s really all I can do.”

Phelps, the Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100 fly, was timed in 51.80 seconds on his 27th birthday.

“After you get past 25, there’s no point in even counting anymore,” he said.

Phelps swam with a purpose, aiming to get into the second evening semifinal to ensure he would have an extra four minutes to cool down after swimming in the final of the 200 IM 32 minutes earlier.

“The extra time is always good,” he said, adding that he liked his prelim time in the fly. “It’s probably one of my fastest morning swims ever. It felt good. The first 50 felt fairly controlled. I just wanted to try to have a good second 50.”

Tyler McGill, bronze medalist in the 100 fly at last year’s world championships, was second at 51.87. Davis Tarwater was third at 52.13.

Lochte clocked 52.21 to start another busy day for him. He will swim the 200 backstroke final in the evening and then return 30 minutes later for the 200 IM final in his third and last showdown with Phelps. They are each 1-for-1 in matchups at trials.

The first 100 fly semi begins 28 minutes after the 200 IM final, although it wasn’t immediately clear if Lochte would remain in the fly. He didn’t stop to talk with reporters after his morning swim.

Anthony Ervin’s comeback remained on track.

The 31-year-old sprinter was the top qualifier in the 50 free nine years after the 2000 Olympic gold medalist retired. He touched in 21.83 to lead 16 men into the evening semifinals.

“Maybe I was lucky,” he said. “Hopefully not. Hopefully, I’ve got two more races like that in me.”

Ervin tied Gary Hall Jr. for the gold medal in the chaotic race at the Sydney Games, then retired in 2003 and eventually sold his medal for $17,100 and donated the money to those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He returned to training last year, intrigued by what he could accomplish at an older age.

“I did think, ‘Do I have that in me?’ I wanted to believe I did, but I didn’t know,” Ervin said.

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