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Ricky Berens' Olympics Spot: Twitter Informs Swimmer He Qualified For London Games

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Some swim fans may have felt a twinge of disappointment on Monday when they learned that Michael Phelps won't be heading to London to attempt to duplicate his epic haul of eight gold medals from 2008 Olympics. But there was at least one person very pleasantly surprised on Monday when it was announced that Phelps had scratched the 200-meter freestyle from his program in London, leaving him with just seven events.

Like many, Ricky Berens first heard the news on Twitter. The only difference for Berens was that he'd be taking Phelps' place in the pool for the 200m freestyle.

Ricky Berens
WAIT WHAT!!!! RT : will be removing the individual 200 freestyle from his Olympic program.

Berens expressed his shock when he retweeted the initial tweet sent by coach Bob Bowman announcing Phelps' withdrawal. Having finished third in the finals of the men's 200m freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, behind Phelps and Ryan Lochte, Berens was the first alternate.

Ricky Berens
Words can't describe how I am feeling right now. If Twitter is right, I am swimming the 200 free at the Olympics!!!!! This is nuts!!!

Although skeptical at first, Berens expressed his excitement before finally confirming the news for his followers.

Ricky Berens
I don't believe this yet! RT : With Phelps out of the individual 200 FR... Ricky Berens, you're movin' on up!

Ricky Berens
Dream come true! RT : USA Swimming announced it, and Gregg Troy just said it in a press conference.
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